Saturday should stay dry
The weather apps for the next few days are checked regularly in the paddock. Saturday is supposed to stay sunny and dry, but Sunday looks like rain. So let’s look forward to the exciting qualifying sessions and the first MotoE race tomorrow! For today we say goodbye to the ticker and wish you a pleasant evening. Until tomorrow!
The schedule for Saturday:
09:00-09:40: Moto3 FT3
09:55-10:40 MotoGP FT3
10:55-11:35: Moto2 FT3
12:35-12:50: Moto3 Q1
13:00-13:15: Moto3 Q2
1:30pm-2:00pm: MotoGP FT4
2:10-2:25 p.m.: MotoGP Q1
2:35-2:50 p.m.: MotoGP Q2
15:10-15:25 Moto2 Q1
15:35-15:50 Moto2 Q2
4:25 p.m.: MotoE Race 1 (8 laps)
5:25 p.m.: Northern Talent Cup Race 1 (15 laps)
MotoE Q2: Casadei on pole
The march through Q1 was worth it: Casadei also set the fastest time in Q2 and secured pole position at Le Mans with a time of 1:43.559 minutes. In the end, Aegerter was only a thousandth of a second short, the Swiss finished second. Zannoni completes the first row.
Granado, one-two winners from Jerez, Torres and Okuba finished fourth to sixth in qualifying. Ferrari, Canepa, Cardelus and Fores round out the top ten.
MotoE Q1: Casadei and Okubo continue
MotoE is already doing its qualifying session on Friday this season, since there is one race each on Saturday and Sunday. Q1 has just come to an end and it’s Casadei and Okubo who advance a lap as the two fastest.
Escrig narrowly fails as third. Garzo and Pons, who were still fighting for the podium at Jerez, are stranded in fourth and sixth. This means starting positions 12 and 14 for the races.
Moto2 FT2: Fernandez stays ahead
Fernandez’ best time, which also marks a new course record, stands. He ended Friday in first place. Chantra ranks second thanks to his FT1 time. Acosta completes the top three, followed by Lowes and Arbolino in fourth and fifth.
Despite the crash, Schrötter leads the second half of the top 10 in sixth place. Behind them are Manzi, Dixon, Ogura and Arenas. Championship leader Vietti is eleventh. Despite a late crash, Canet secures the last place for the provisional Q2 direct entry in 14th place.
Moto2 FT2: Schrötter crashed
We shouldn’t have shouted it because now Schrötter crashed at turn 13 and can’t attack anymore. Shortly before that, Manzi also went down.
Fernandez set a new overall best time of 1:36.030 minutes. He leads in front of Chantra and Acosta. Behind them are Lowes, Dixon, Arbolino and Schrötter. However, Dixon’s rounds are axed. He falls behind.
Moto2 FT2: increase at Schrötter
Schrötter improves and moves up to third place in this session. The German is fifth in the overall classification. In the last few minutes, however, the pace should pick up again. It remains to be seen where Schrötter ends up.
Moto2 FT2: standings
After Lowes, Arenas and Lopez also fell. Lowes still holds the best time ahead of Arbolino, Chantra, Arenas and Ogura. Dixon is fifth. Acosta, Fernandez, Canet and Schrötter complete the top 10 of the session. The distances are narrow as usual. 16 drivers lie in one second.
About half of the field has not improved yet. There are still 15 minutes to drive.
Moto2 FT2: Lowes with best time and crash
Lowes improves to 1:36.403 minutes and takes the lead in this session. In the overall classification he is the new third. Chantra and Fernandez are still faster. At least Lowes won’t change that for the time being, because he crashes in turn 13.
Schrötter has not improved in the first laps compared to FT1. As a result, he lost a few places in the overall standings and is now ninth.
Moto2 FT2: The first times
The two Marc VDS drivers Arbolino and Lowes set the early pace in this session. Arbolino leads after four laps with 1:36.811 minutes ahead of Lowes, who is only 69 thousandths behind. Acosta is third. Chantra is in fourth place. His FT1 best is still a few tenths away.
MotoGP FT2: Marquez only 15th
Miller narrowly misses the top 10 on Friday in 11th. Morbidelli is 12th and ends the session with a crash at Turn 10. Vinales, Marini and Marc Marquez follow in 13th-15th place. The latter recovered from another crash on his final lap but also lost time in the process. His gap is one second.
MotoGP FT2: Bastianini with course record
What a round! Out of nowhere, Bastianini conjures up a new track record of 1:31.148 minutes and is consequently the leader this Friday. Only a few corners later he goes down in the Dunlop chicane.
Aleix Espargaro comes within 0.202 seconds and finishes second. Rins, Zarco and Bagnaia round out the top 5. Quartararo finishes Friday in sixth place. Behind them are Brad Binder, Mir, Pol Espargaro and Martin, with Pol the only rider in the top 10 not able to improve on FT1.
MotoGP FT2: Final Attacks
After Mir and Darryn Binder, Bezzecchi also crashed at Turn 7. The session should be over for him because the last few minutes are running. Many drivers have now fitted fresh tires in order to set another time attack and secure a place in the top 10.
Aleix Espargaro sets a new overall best time of 1:31.574 minutes. Shortly thereafter, Marini crashes and causes yellow flags.
MotoGP FT2: standings
Another crash comes at Turn 7. This time it’s Darryn Binder. The MotoGP rookie is currently penultimate in the standings. At the top, Bagnaia is still ahead of Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro.
Zarco is fourth but sixth overall as Pol Espargaro and Rins rank ahead of him on FT1 times. Still some drivers haven’t improved. That could change in the last eight minutes. After a stopover, the first leave their pits.
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