AndaluciaGP: Marco Bezzecchi tops Andalucia GP practice
SKY VR46 Racing Team’s Marco Bezzecchi ended the opening day of Moto2 action fastest, ahead of Tetsuta Nagashima and Jorge Navarro.
Bezzecchi suffered a late fall, resulting in his Kalex catching fire, but that wasn’t enough for anyone to better the Italian’s 1:41.525 set in FP1.
Tetsuta Nagashima continued his fine form aboard his Red Bull Factory KTM AJO Kalex, the Japanese rider was fast in the afternoon session, setting a time of a 1:42.132, +0.6s off his FP1 time.
Jorge Navarro will be aiming to bounce back to form after a collision with Bezzecchi saw the Speed UP rider crash out after just one corner. Navarro ended the day third overall, 0.065s behind the Italian.
Lorenzo Baldassarri and Niccolo Bulega both had stronger performances, completing the top five on the combined timesheets.
Britons Sam Lowes completed the top six thanks to his best effort of a 1:41.750, +0.225s behind the P1 time.
Winner last time out, Luca Marini, finished seventh ahead of 3rd place finisher, Jorge Martin with Stefano Manzi and rookie Aron Canet wrapping up the top ten.
Somkiat Chantra just missed out on a top ten position, but is directly into Qualifying 2 as it stands. The Thai rider had a tough start to his 2020 return after being taken out by Marcos Ramirez at turn six.
After both Dynavolt Intact riders crashing out of the second round of the season, Schrotter started their third round campaign with an 11th place finish ahead of team-mate Thomas Luthi.
Joe Roberts had a better start to the weekend, finishing in the final Q2 spot in 14th ahead of Jake Dixon and Ramirez.
There are a few big names who will be aiming for one of those top fourteen positions. Qatar podium finisher Enea Bastianini ended the day in 17th ahead of Syahrin, while Remy Gardner, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Augusto Fernandez and Xavi Vierge are all outside the top 20.
FP3 will be the Moto2 rider’s final chance to get inside the automatic Qualifying two top 14, kicking off at 10:55.