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Friday, October 12, 2012

Moto2: Marquez leads Motegi practice

Moto2 World Championship leader Marc Marquez set the fastest Friday time at Motegi after moving ahead of Bradley Smith on his very last lap after the afternoon session.

Suter star Marquez, who holds a 48 point advantage over Pol Espargaro, finished the day just 0.187s ahead of Smith, who recovered superbly after missing most of the morning session after suffering a big fall.

The Tech 3 rider had taken over at the top from fellow Briton Scott Redding with ten minutes to go. Smith had been a short distance behind Espargaro, but proved his pace was genuine by all but matching his best lap time with his final lap of the day.

Long-time leader Redding was nudged to third for Marc VDS, just 0.326s from the top, with Espargaro and Thomas Luthi completing an afternoon top five covered by 0.371s.

Espargaro's Pons team-mate and morning leader Esteve Rabat was sixth in FP2, but fourth on combined times having lapped quicker in the opening session.

Former champion Toni Elias, making his Italtrans/Kalex debut, finished the afternoon in 17th place - having also gone slightly quicker, and one place higher, this morning.

The top 17 riders on combined Friday practice times were all within one-second of Marquez!

Double 2012 race winner Andrea Iannone was beset by technical problems on his way to 25th in FP2 and overall.

Free practice (2):

1. Marc Marquez SPA (Suter) 1m 51.834s

2. Bradley Smith GBR (Tech 3) 1m 52.021s

3. Scott Redding GBR (Kalex) 1m 52.160s

4. Pol Espargaro SPA (Kalex) 1m 52.186s

5. Thomas Luthi SWI (Suter) 1m 52.205s

6. Esteve Rabat SPA (Kalex) 1m 52.247s

7. Nicolas Terol SPA (Suter) 1m 52.294s

8. Takaaki Nakagami JPN (Kalex) 1m 52.344s

9. Julian Simon SPA (Suter) 1m 52.434s

10. Mika Kallio FIN (Kalex) 1m 52.568s

11. Johann Zarco FRA (MotoBI) 1m 52.590s

12. Simone Corsi ITA (FTR) 1m 52.642s

13. Dominique Aegerter SWI (Suter) 1m 52.668s

14. Yuki Takahashi JPN (FTR) 1m 52.721s

15. Jordi Torres SPA (Suter) 1m 52.734s

16. Anthony West AUS (Speed Up) 1m 52.831s

17. Toni Elias SPA (Kalex) 1m 52.963s

18. Mike Di Meglio FRA (Kalex) 1m 52.986s

19. Axel Pons SPA (Kalex) 1m 53.149s

20. Alex De Angelis RSM (FTR) 1m 53.168s

21. Gino Rea GBR (Suter) 1m 53.382s

22. Ricard Cardus SPA (AJR) 1m 53.386s

23. Marcel Schrotter GER (Bimota) 1m 53.656s

24. Xavier Simeon BEL (Tech 3) 1m 53.716s

25. Andrea Iannone ITA (Speed Up) 1m 53.719s

26. Ratthapark Wilairot THA (Suter) 1m 53.731s

27. Tomoyoshi Koyama JPN (Suter) 1m 54.139s

28. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA (Speed Up) 1m 54.534s

29. Kohta Nozane JPN (FTR) 1m 54.573s

30. Elena Rosell SPA (Speed Up) 1m 55.251s

31. Eric Granado BRA (MotoBI) 1m 55.305s

32. Jesko Raffin SWI (Kalex) 1m 56.109s


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