Saturday should stay dry
Weather reports for the next few days are checked regularly in the fold. Saturday is expected to remain sunny and dry, but Sunday looks like rain. So let’s look forward to the exciting qualifying sessions and the first MotoE race tomorrow! Because today we say goodbye to the ticker and wish you a nice evening. Until tomorrow!
Program 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
13.30-14.00: MotoGP FT4
14.10-14.25: MotoGP Q1
14.35-14.50: MotoGP Q2
15: 10-15: 25 Moto2 Q1
15: 35-15: 50 Moto2 Q2
16:25: MotoE Race 1 (8 laps)
17:25: 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 in Le Mans with a time of 1: 43.559 minutes. In the end, Aegerter was only one thousandth of a second short, the Swiss was second. Zannoni finishes first row.
Granado, one-two winners from Jerez, Torres and Okuba, finished in fourth to sixth place in the qualifiers. Ferrari, Canepa, Cardelus and Fores round the top ten.
MotoE Q1: Casadei and Okubo continue
MotoE is already running its qualifying session on Friday this season as there is a race every Saturday and Sunday. Q1 has just finished and it is Casadei and Okubo who are advancing a round as the two fastest.
Escrig fails narrowly as third. Garzo and Pons, who were still fighting for the podium in Jerez, are stranded in fourth and sixth. This means starting positions 12 and 14 for the races.
Moto2 FT2: Fernandez stays ahead
Fernandez’s best time, which also marks a new track record, stands. He finished Friday in first place. Chantra is in second place 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 stand Manzi, Dixon, Ogura and Arenas. Championship leader Vietti is eleventh. Despite a late crash, Canet secures last place for the preliminary Q2 direct entry in 14th place.
Moto2 FT2: Schrötter crashed
We should not have shouted it, because now Schrötter crashed at turn 13 and can not attack anymore. Shortly before, Manzi also went down.
Fernandez set a new overall best time of 1: 36.030 minutes. He leads ahead of Chantra and Acosta. Behind them are Lowes, Dixon, Arbolino and Schrötter. However, Dixon’s rounds are cut off. He falls backwards.
Moto2 FT2: climb by Schrötter
Schrötter improves and moves up to third place in this session. The German is number five in the overall standings. In the last few minutes, however, the pace had to pick up again. It remains to be seen where Schrötter ends up.
Moto2 FT2: position
After Lowes, Arenas and Lopez also fell. Lowes still has the best time ahead of Arbolino, Chantra, Arenas and Ogura. Dixon is number five. Acosta, Fernandez, Canet and Schrötter complete the session’s top 10. The distances are narrow as usual. 16 drivers are in one second.
About half of the field has not improved yet. There are still 15 minutes to drive.
Moto2 FT2: Made with best time and crash
Lowes improves to 1: 36.403 minutes and takes the lead in this session. In the overall standings, he is the new third. Chantra and Fernandez are still faster. In any case, Lowes will not change that for the time being, because he crashes in turn 13.
Schrötter has not improved on 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 of 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 with 15
Miller narrowly misses the top 10 on Friday in 11. Morbidelli is 12th and ends the session with a crash in 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 space is one second.
MotoGP FT2: Bastianini with track record
What a round! Out of nowhere, Bastianini conjures up a new track record of 1: 31.148 minutes and is therefore leading this Friday. Just a few corners later, he goes down in the Dunlop harassment.
Aleix Espargaro comes within 0.202 seconds and finishes in second place. Rins, Zarco and Bagnaia round the top 5. Quartararo finishes in sixth place on Friday. Behind them are Brad Binder, Mir, Pol Espargaro and Martin, with Pol the only rider in the top 10 who is unable to improve on FT1.
MotoGP FT2: Final Attack
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 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 after, Marini crashes and causes yellow flags.
MotoGP FT2: position
Another crash comes at turn 7. This time it’s Darryn Binder. The MotoGP rookie is currently penultimate in the position. At the top, Bagnaia is still ahead of Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro.
Zarco is fourth, but sixth overall, as Pol Espargaro and Rins are ahead of him in FT1 times. Some drivers still have not improved. That may change in the last eight minutes. After a stopover, the first ones leave their pits.