Last weeks podium finisher Fabio Di Giannantonio heads the timesheets in FP1.
After an emotional podium last weekend for Fabio Di Giannantonio following the loss of team manager Fausto Gresini over the winter, it seems ‘Diggia’ has the fire in his belly to go on and improve even further this weekend leading the way in FP1 fresh with the confidence that he is fast and competitive on the Kalex chassis after moving over from the Speed Up Moto2 machine, last weekend he overtook Marco Bezzecchi on the last lap for the final podium spot which is ironic in this FP1 session as he beat Marco Bezzecchi by a mere 0.045 to P1 with Bez coming close in second place, the duo lead Joe Roberts in P3 who still holds the lap record around the circuit.
Sam Lowes is hoping to double up on wins this weekend, if he can leave this weekend with 50 points in the bag he will cause a lot of issues for his competitors by creating a steep hill for riders to try and catch up to him as Moto2 goes to Portimao after Qatar where he took a podium last year with a broken hand, he finished ahead of the incredibly impressive rookie Raul Fernandez in the FP1 session, Fernandez once again impressing majorly despite being a rookie in the class, he is riding like he’s been here for years.
In P6 was Aron Canet, the Spanish rider had a tough race last time out finishing in P13 and suffered a crash in the FP1 session however is within 0.607 from P1 with room for improvement, Canet led Ai Ogura by the smallest of margins beating the Japanese rider by a mere 0.001 to P7 as Vierge follows up the duo. Nicolo Bulega finished in last place last weekend despite impressing in the free practice sessions, he will be hoping to improve on it this weekend finishing in P9 as Marcel Scrotter finishes in P10.
Further down the order rookie Celestino Vietti sits in P12 with Bo Bendsneyder in P14 ahead of the 2020 Moto3 World Champion Albert Arenas in P15, the session was a little bit of a write off for Jake Dixon in P19 and Remy Gardner way down in P23.
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