Augusto beats Raul to the top, with Gardner a few tenths down in third on Day 1 at Assen.
Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) took to the top on Day 1 of the Motul TT Assen, the Spaniard quickest in the morning as he put together an impressive run of fast laps and then proving quick again in the afternoon in the rain, 0.034 off the top. The combined timesheets come from FP1 however, so it’s Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) second quickest overall and his teammate, Championship leader Remy Gardner, completing the top three on Friday.
Augusto Fernandez was absolutely flying in FP1, the 2019 Assen winner quickest for the latter half of the session and only going faster and faster. He was 0.143 clear of Raul Fernandez by the flag, the latter Fernandez gaining ground but not enough. Championship leader Gardner was third quickest, but 0.388 off the top.
Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) and Simone Corsi (MV Agusta Forward Racing) completed the top five.¡ after solid starts to the weekend for both.
Home hero Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) and Hafizh Syahrin (NTS RW Racing GP) both had a technical issue each, and Tom Lüthi (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) crashed, rider ok.
The afternoon was affected by the aforementioned rain, with the track drying but not reaching fully dry by the flag. Hector Garzo (Flexbox HP 40) was quickest as he struck late, denying Augusto Fernandez by 0.034. Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was third, half a second off the top, with Aron Canet (Aspar Team Moto2), Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) and Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) for close company, the gap half a tenth between each.
Navarro, Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) crashed in the afternoon, riders ok.
The combined timesheets mirror FP1 following the change in the weather, so it’s Augusto Fernandez ahead of Raul Fernandez ahead of Remy Gardner in the top three, followed by Navarro and Corsi.
Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) took sixth ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46), with Stefano Manzi (Flexbox HP 40) just another 0.015 further back. Joe Roberts and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) round out the top ten, ahead of more good progress from Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) in P11.
Tony Arbolino (Liqui Moly Intact GP), Sam Lowes and Aron Canet round out the fastest 14 and are therefore the riders currently set to move straight through to Q2, but FP3 offers another strike on Saturday morning… weather permitting. That kicks off at 10:55 (GMT +2), before qualifying from 15:10. Don’t miss it!
Moto2™ Friday top five:
1 Augusto Fernandez – Elf Marc VDS Racing Team – Kalex – 1:36.744
2 Raul Fernandez – Red Bull KTM Ajo – Kalex – +0.143
3 Remy Gardner – Red Bull KTM Ajo – Kalex – +0.388
4 Jorge Navarro – +Ego Speed Up – Boscoscuro – +0.525
5 Simon Corsi – MV Agusta Forward Racing – MV Agusta – +0.652
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