Tom Lüthi leads Lowes and Gardner on Day 1

Tom Lüthi leads Lowes and Gardner on Day 1 1
Just 0.124 splits the top three on Friday, with Fernandez for close company too.

Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) leads the way after the opening two Free Practice sessions at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, setting a 1:43.353 in FP2 to lead Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) by just 0.092 – and the tight timesheets didn’t end there. The two veterans had some close company in the form of Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) in third, the Australian 0.124 off the top and proving the star of the show in FP2 after a spectacular save, with Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) taking P4 and still within two tenths.

The top five was completed by an impressive performance from rookie Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) as he managed to mix it with the veterans and end Friday just 0.252 off the top, and he was even just ahead of his teammate Luca Marini – but only just. 0.008 split the two Italians, with compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) only another 0.010 off in seventh.

Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) was P8 and the first non Kalex, although reigning Moto3™ World Champion Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was hot on his heels in ninth for KTM despite recent surgery. Qatar GP pole man Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) closes out the top ten on Friday as just 0.357 covers the ten fastest riders. Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM), Bo Bendsneyder (NTS RW Racing GP), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) are the next four men on the timesheets and it’s the top 14 after FP3 who go straight through to Q2. So will FP3 shake it up again on Saturday?

With just over a second covering the top 22, it’s going to get tight in the fight to move through. Tune in for FP3 at 09:55 local time (GMT-3) before qualifying gets underway at 13:30.

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