Bendsneyder 21st after rain interrupted FP2

Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will head into Saturday’s action 0.828s clear of the pack after his 2:06.816 in Moto2™ FP1 remained untouched in FP2, as the afternoon session was red-flagged due to heavy rainfall at the PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia. Pedro Acosta made it a Red Bull KTM Ajo 1-2 on Day 1, the Spaniard was the only rider within a second of Fernandez, with Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) completing the top three.
Moto2™ FP2 hadn’t long been in full flow when the dark clouds rolled in – and with it came the rain. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) crashed unhurt while limping back to pitlane on slick tyres, with plenty of riders having off-track excursions, including Fernandez. This time though, unlike in FP1, the man second in the title chase didn’t hit the deck. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just a light shower. The downpour was substantial as silence fell around the Sepang International Circuit with the field sitting patiently in pitlane, before the red flags were shown to bring a halt to Moto2™ FP2. After a lengthy delay, the session did get back underway for the final 22 minutes as some valuable wet weather running was pocketed, but it made no difference to the timesheets.

In the limited running they got in the afternoon, three riders improved their times in the top 10. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) ended FP2 at the summit and is P4 on the combined timesheets ahead of World Championship leader Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in P5. Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) was another improver, the German is P6 with Albert Arenas (Inde GASGAS Aspar Team), Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Jake Dixon (Inde GASGAS Aspar Team) – a crasher in the wet – and Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools Speed Up) occupying the remainder of the top 10, the latter the final improver inside the top 10. Bo Bendsneyder ( 21st in FP1) didn’t even get qualified in FP2 ( he was outside the 105% rule)

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