Moto2 Portimao FP2: Joe Roberts doubles up in Portugal
Joe Roberts has taken the top spot in the Moto2 FP2 session after leading FP1.
Joe Roberts is on a Moto2 roll leading both Friday free practice sessions in Portimao heading Raul Fernandez by a massive 0.317 as the pair escape the pack. Not really sure what the pair have been eating but they managed to put a lead of 0.608 to Aron Canet in P3 overall meaning there is some serious speed in these riders with Roberts taking the top spot, it’ll be very interesting to see if he can translate this into a race result on Sunday. This speed includes Raul Fernandez who took the win at the circuit last year in Moto3 and is again strong 6 months later, if there were any riders to put your money on these two would be it.
Aron Canet finished the session in third place despite a small crash which for the most part looked like he didn’t inflict too much damage onto his Speed Up machine, holding onto it for dear life as it slowed to a stop in his clutches after losing the front end, Canet finished ahead of Remy Gardner in P4 who will be aiming for another podium following his duo at Qatar. Marco Bezzecchi is another rider chasing the podium in P5, he was forced to P4 in both Doha races and will be desperate for a taste of that champagne once again.
Hector Garzo was the sixth-fastest rider leading championship leader Sam Lowes in P7, the British rider Lowes fought incredibly hard for a third-place finish here last year so we all know what he is capable of as he heads into this race weekend. Another rider who achieved success here was Albert Arenas just behind Lowes, Arenas was crowned the 2020 Moto3 World Champion here last year and his memories are pushing him into the top positions today in P8.
Marcel Schrotter and Xavi Vierge rounded off the top 10 as Yari Montella made himself known in P12, the Moto2 rookie won two races here last year so we know he is fast! Further down were some disappointments namely Fabio Di Giannantonio in P19, Lorenzo Dalla Porta in P25 and Bo Bendsneyder in P28, all three hoping for a better Saturday.