Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) has continued his rich vein of form at the Michelin™ Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017, dominating the second crash-strewn Moto2™ practice session this afternoon.
While the flying Nakagami (1:33.310) remained upright in the 45-minute session, the same can’t be said for a number of his contemporaries who all crashed out.
The headline-grabbing spill belonged to Swiss rider Tom Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten), who’s embroiled in a tight battle for the championship with Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0).
Luthi, the 2016 Phillip Island Moto2™ winner, lost the front end at turn six 10 minutes into the session, but returned to action with seven minutes remaining. He completed the session in 11th position (1:34.629), while at the sharp end Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing, 1:34.020) was second ahead of Pecco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46, 1:33.217), Motegi winner Alex Marquez (EG 0,0, 1:34.220), Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP40, 1:34.236) and Portuguese gun Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo, 1:34.335).
Morbidelli (1:34.336), who leads Luthi by 19 points, was seventh on the FP2 timesheet.
Australia’s Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) was 19th overall, a five-spot improvement on FP1.
FP3 will be held at 11:55am on Saturday, followed by qualifying at 4:05pm.