Moto2: Fabio di Giannantonio Tops Friday Free Practice in Aragon
The weather conditions were once again very cold in the morning Free Practice One session and had higher temperatures in the second Free Practice session, meaning that the afternoon’s session was crucial to put a fast lap time in for the riders to secure themselves a Q2 spot for qualifying.
Speed Up’s Fabio di Giannantonio set the fastest lap of the combined Free Practice sessions today, putting in a 1:52.748. Fabio has managed to get past his disappointing weekend in Le Mans and has round the pace to be back at the front in Aragon. He managed to finish on the podium last time Moto2 was in Spain, can he repeat this form?
After his victory in Le Mans, Sam Lowes has kept the momentum rolling, topping Free Practice One this morning leading for most of that session as well as Free Practice Two, until a small crash at turn seven with seven minutes of the session remaining meant that Sam was unable to put a faster lap time in so he finished in third place. Sam’s race pace looks to be the strongest out of the field so far, so he’s the man everyone will be looking to hunt down for the rest of the weekend.
The injured championship leader Luca Marini seems to not be halted by his injury to his left ankle sustained at Le Mans, running inside the top five for most of the sessions. With Sam and team-mate Marco Bezzecchi in front of him, Luca will be looking to make the setup changes needed to close his rivals down to maintain his championship lead on Sunday.
Marco Bezzecchi’s form continues as he finished Friday in second position overall. The Italian who’s been the most consistent podium finisher of the past five races looks set to fight for another podium this weekend. He’s finished the highest of the championship contenders, but Sam Lowes looks to have a little bit stronger race pace, so Marco will need to continue in his current form to fight for his second victory of the season.
Enea Bastianini finished down in eleventh in free practice one but fought back to finish in sixth place overall on the combined standings. Just 0.347 seconds separate him and Bezzecchi. It’s very close between the championship leaders, so the winner of the battle this weekend could prove to have the upper hand coming into the final four races.
Federal Oil Gresini’s Edgar Pons did a brilliant job in Free Practice Two gaining 1.3 seconds between the two Free Practice sessions to finish in fourth on day one. This has been the Spaniards strongest showing so far this season, he currently has never finished inside the top 10 in a Moto 2 race, can he change that and convert his impressive Friday pace into a career-best finish?
Marco Ramirez has often been beaten by his teammate Joe Roberts this season on the Tennor American Racing Kalex, but he was able to get the better of his American teammate in the combined standings in seventh position whilst Joe finished in tenth, 0.081 seconds off the Spaniard.
Britain’s Jake Dixon continues his impressive run of form finishing in 14th position overall and sitting in the danger zone to be out of a Q2 spot. Jake showed a great pace in the morning session finishing in sixth position, just over three tenths off Sam Lowes. In the afternoon, he struggled to be as competitive as he was in the cooler conditions, but this may prove crucial since the race on Sunday will take place at 12:10 (GMT+2) which will have similar temperatures to Free Practice One so Jake may be in with a shout of a maiden top-five finish.
Free Practice Three has been delayed due to cold track temperatures and the session will take place at 11:25 (GMT+2). Will anyone be able to improve their lap times and secure themselves a place in Q2 or will the track temperatures be too cold for the riders?
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