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Manzi edges Binder on Friday morning in Valencia

Italian less than a tenth clear of the South African in Moto2™ FP1, Lüthi completes top three

MV Agusta Temporary Forward’s Stefano Manzi was the pacesetter in Moto2™ FP1 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. Thanks to a 1:35.699, the Italian beat Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) by 0.046 on Friday morning as Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top three.

Manzi was setting the pace from the off as the MV Agusta man hit the ground running in Valencia, but it was a closely contented session throughout. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took his turn at the summit before Manzi then stuck his MV back on top by a couple of tenths. Binder then went quicker in the latter stages but missed out on beating Manzi just 0.046, with an MV Agusta chassis topping a session for the first time this season. Behind third-best Lüthi was Lowes and Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up). 

Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) stopped seconds into the session, with Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) also encountering issues during FP1. Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed in the latter stages - rider ok. The Moto2™ field will be back on track for FP2 at 15:10 local time (GMT+1).

Moto2™ FP1 at the Valencia GP: Friday in full swing

Top 10:
1. Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) – 1:35.699
2. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.046
3. Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.199
4. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) + 0.201
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up) + 0.218
6. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.232
7. Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) + 0.309
8. Jorge Navarro (MB Conveyors Speed Up) + 0.415
9. Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.429
10. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.494

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