Moto2: Schrotter the man to beat at Aragon

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Marcel Schrötter ended day one at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon at the top of the combined timesheets thanks to his FP1 time of 1:58.570, with the Dynavolt Intact GP rider once again unleashing some serious pace on Friday. The German took his first podium last time out at Misano, and he’s picked up somewhat where he left off. Francesco Bagnaia was quickest in FP2 but unable to beat the benchmark, with Alex Marquez rounding out the top three.
Marquez was the only rider inside the top six to improve his time in the second session of the day, just 0.058 off Bagnaia’s quickest in FP2 to end Friday 0.272 off the benchmark. Sam Lowes sits fourth on the combined timesheets after finishing third fastest in FP1 and tenth in FP2 – a good day’s work for the British rider who heads into Saturday as the leading KTM.
Fabio Quartararo was edged into fifth overall, with Mattia Pasini sixth on board his Kalex machine. Brad Binder did manage to better his FP1 time in the afternoon to end FP2 in third but it was seventh overall for the South African, with Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) having a solid Friday to end the day eighth on the combined times.
Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2’s Simone Corsi vastly improved from P18 in the morning to go ninth on the overall times, finishing just 0.019 ahead of Championship protagonist Miguel Oliveira, who was tenth.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer