Roberts edges Gardner on Friday morning in Portugal

The American sits 0.041s ahead of the Australian as the Moto2™ riders begin their weekend at the rollercoaster

Thanks to a 1:43.905 in Moto2™ FP1 at the Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal, Italtrans Racing Team’s Joe Roberts is the early pacesetter – but only just. The American heads second place Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) by 0.041s as rookie sensation Raul Fernandez makes it two Red Bull KTM Ajo bikes in the top three.

The Moto2™ runners were able to get a fully dry session under their belts on Friday morning, but the clouds are looming in Portimao ahead of the afternoon action. Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) and Aron Canet (Solunion Aspar Team) completed the top five, World Championship leader Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) picked up P6.

Tune in for Moto2™ FP2 at 15:10 local time (GMT+1).

Top 10:
1. Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) - 1:43.905
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.041
3. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.144
4. Marcel Schrotter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) + 0.370
5. Aaron Canet (Solunion Aspar Team) + 0.378
6. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.399
7. Jorge Navarro (Lightech Speed Up) + 0.621
8. Stefano Manzi (Flexbox HP40) + 0.696
9. Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini) + 0.802
10. Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) + 0.809


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