2021 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: Augusto As The Lead Fernandez

Rain was an unexpected surprise on Friday morning in Valencia and although it had stopped by the time the intermediate class took to the track, the asphalt was left soaking wet and it encouraged quite a few off-track adventures. Augusto Fernandez managed to avoid any of that on his way to prime position in FP1, the Spaniard taking over from Joe Roberts for the final couple of minutes. The American lost out by only two hundredths of a second, with Hector Garzo taking third despite a late crash at turn 11. Barry Baltus also joined the crash list after claiming fourth, while Aron Canet completed the top five ahead of the SKY racing duo of Celestino Vietti and birthday boy Marco Bezzecchi.

Fermín Aldeguer looked good in 8th, with Nicolò Bulega and compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri rounding out the top 10 positions. With improved conditions expected for the rest of the weekend, the title contenders seemed to be in no rush to climb the timesheets, Raul Fernandez spending FP1 down in 12th place, eight tenths off top spot, while teammate Remy Gardner was 20th, two seconds behind the leader.

The man who least enjoyed the conditions was Sam Lowes, the Marc VDS rider suffering a big high side at turn 5 only a handful of minutes into the session and walking away gingerly but unable to rejoin the action. One man missing completely from proceedings this weekend is Ai Ogura, the rookie ruled out after suffering a leg fracture last weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'46.587    
2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'46.607 0.020 0.020
3 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'46.791 0.204 0.184
4 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'46.877 0.290 0.086
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'46.908 0.321 0.031
6 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'47.183 0.596 0.275
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'47.189 0.602 0.006
8 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'47.205 0.618 0.016
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'47.290 0.703 0.085
10 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'47.312 0.725 0.022
11 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'47.381 0.794 0.069
12 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'47.410 0.823 0.029
13 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'47.699 1.112 0.289
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'47.723 1.136 0.024
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'47.778 1.191 0.055
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'47.844 1.257 0.066
17 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'47.914 1.327 0.070
18 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'48.009 1.422 0.095
19 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'48.121 1.534 0.112
20 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'48.632 2.045 0.511
21 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'48.806 2.219 0.174
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'48.880 2.293 0.074
23 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'48.944 2.357 0.064
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'49.094 2.507 0.150
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'49.123 2.536 0.029
26 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'49.991 3.404 0.868
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'50.054 3.467 0.063
28 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'50.241 3.654 0.187
29 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1'51.376 4.789 1.135
30 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'51.679 5.092 0.303
Round Number: 
18
2021
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