Bendsneyder: crash and P15 in FP2

It was sunshine and dry weather that greeted the intermediate class for FP2, however, and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was first to better Fernandez’s FP1 benchmark when he clocked a 1:36.750 just eight minutes into proceedings. Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) dusted himself off from an early crash to up the pace to a 1:36.597, before Lopez bounced back from a frustrating morning session – when his Boscoscuro had a technical problem – to take over top spot with a 1:36.453. Dixon, however, would go quickest of all in the last eight minutes before the chequered flag. Dixon and Lopez therefore finished first and second, with Fernandez third on the 1:36.564 which he got in before losing the front at Turn 3 in the 38th minute – rider okay. Chantra’s aforementioned lap time left him fourth, ahead of Acosta, Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), and Ogura on a 1:36.725. Rounding out the top 10 were Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP40), Jeremy Alcoba (Liqui Moly Intact GP), and Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools Speed Up).

Filip Salac (Gresini Racing Moto2™) is provisionally into Q2 also despite a spill at Turn 3 with five minutes to go. He sits 11th, ahead of Albert Arenas (Inde GASGAS Aspar Team), Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team), and Cameron Beaubier (American Racing). Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40), however, is outside the top 14 after a second crash of the day when he lost the front at Turn 12. The Spaniard is 16th, and another notable who will be hoping the rain stays away on Saturday morning is former Championship leader Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) in 18th on the timesheet. Bo Bendsneyder (P15) (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) and Keminth Kubo (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) also hit the deck during FP2 – riders okay.

Results FP2


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