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Bradl assumes Moto2 lead time

Bradl assumes Moto2 lead time

The German rider becomes the first and so far only Moto2 rider to go under the 2’03” barrier this weekend as he goes fastest in FP2, with Yuki Takahashi and Jules Cluzel hot on his heels.

Stefan Bradl upped the ante in the Moto2 class in Qatar by taking a hold in the second practice session on Saturday, becoming the first rider to go under the 2’03” barrier so far this weekend. The German rider of the Viessmann Kiefer Racing team set a best lap of 2’02.877 on his 19th and final lap, having already led for much of the session on his Suter chassis.

His closest competitor was Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing) who set his time of 2’03.103 right at the end before experiencing a crash, and he was followed by Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), whose best lap was a further 0.086s behind that of the Japanese rider.

Friday’s fastest rider Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) was fourth in the second practice despite a fractional improvement on his previous time with a 2’03.227, with 125cc World Champion Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) also registering a top-five time at just over seven-tenths of a second off Bradl’s marker.

Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons), Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG), Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX), Claudio Corti (Forward Racing) and Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) all made sufficient advances on their times to make it into the top ten on the timesheet in FP2.

British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team), who on Friday set the second fastest time of FP1, was unable to better his effort and placed 23rd in the session.

There was a crash at the start of the session for Qatari rider Mashel Al Naimi (Blusens-STX) who returned to the track with around 15 minutes remaining. Raffaele De Rosa (Tech3 Racing) and Axel Pons (Tenerife 40 Pons) also had falls towards the end but were also okay.


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