Moto2: Jorge Navarro Tops Friday’s Combined Standings in Valencia as a Second Covers the Top 24
Jorge Navarro was able to set a 1:34.855 in the mornings Free Practice One session, in the afternoon session, he worked on race setup finishing in ninth.
Jorge had a very quiet race last Sunday, finishing in tenth position, he’ll be looking to keep up this momentum and secure himself into Q2 in tomorrow’s FP3 session with four-tenths of second separate the top 15.
Luca Marini came out of the box this morning with renewed confidence after his strong outing in last weeks race in Valencia. Luca showed his pace, finishing the session in second position 0.025 seconds from Navarro. The Italian will be wanting to repeat this pace for qualifying to give himself the best chance at race victory on Sunday which he needs to close down Sam Lowes and Enea Bastianini in the championship.
MB Conveyors Speed Up’s Fabio Di Giannantonio, set the pace in Free Practice Two, setting a time of a 1:34.893, enough to currently place him third in the combined standings. Fabio was also third place in the morning, so the Italian who’s still seeking for that elusive maiden victory has got good pace and looks to strive for the win on Sunday.
Britain’s Sam Lowes has managed to forget about his disappointment of last weekend and is straight on the pace, finishing fourth and second in both sessions and finishing in fourth place overall. Sam’s currently trailing by six points behind Bastianini in the championship, he will be looking to turn that around to be back in his favour on Sunday.
It was a return to form for Marcel Schrotter who has struggled this year with consistency but looks to be back in fine form finishing Friday inside the top five and being in that all-important Q2 position. The German will be looking to maintain his Q2 spot to give him a chance at his first pole position of the season.
It was a strong day for Italtrans’s Enea Bastianini, finishing in sixth place overall. It wasn’t all smooth however for the championship leader, tucking the front at turn six, seven minutes into Free Practice Two. Enea has hampered last weekend by a poor qualifying, but that was due to the tricky track conditions and mistake of strategy. This time it should be a full dry weekend meaning the Italian can give himself a better chance of achieving his first victory since the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Last weeks race winner Marco Bezzecchi hasn’t had the strongest of days, finishing the combined standings in 14th position, but only 0.345 seconds off Navarro’s time, showing just how competitive and difficult the Moto 2 class is. Marco was outside the top ten in both Free Practice sessions and has left himself vulnerable to lose a spot in Q2 which he really can’t afford due to him being 29 points from championship leader Enea Bastianini. Can last weeks victor, march on into Q2 and fight for the all-important front two rows of the grid.
Free Practice Three will decide the Q1 and Q2 spots with a lower track temperature and more rubber down on the track. Can all four championship contenders secure themselves their spot into Q2 or will there be an upset? Free Practice Three takes place at 11:55 (GMT+1)
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