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Smith steps it up on Saturday morning

Smith steps it up on Saturday morning

In improved conditions, the second day of action at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix commenced with Bradley Smith at the top of the 125cc timesheet.

Briton Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) was the quickest rider in the first session of Saturday morning at Indianapolis as the 125cc field got the proceedings underway on a dry track.

Towards the end of the 40-minute long free practice 2 outing Smith laid down a super quick 1’49.251 lap of the 4.2km Indy MotoGP layout, setting a new fastest ever 125cc lap time at the circuit and putting him 0.326s ahead of second fastest participant Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team).

Behind Espargaró, who was on the podium at Indianapolis in 2008, was another Spaniard Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team), last year’s race winner and Friday’s fastest 125cc rider. Terol lapped 0.278s slower than his compatriot.

A third Spanish rider, standings leader Julián Simón (Bancaja Aspar), was joined in the top five by German competitor Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).

The top ten, meanwhile, also featured Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), Simone Corsi (Fontana Racing), Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A.), Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) and Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team).

There was a crash for 14th fastest rider Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM), who lost a faring from his 125cc prototype but still made it back to the pits ok.


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