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Espargaró leads the 125 way in Le Mans FP1

Espargaró leads the 125 way in Le Mans FP1

The Tuenti Racing rider was extremely fast in the opening session of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France on Friday afternoon, setting the quickest lap ahead of Marc Márquez and Sandro Cortese in glorious sunshine.

Pol Espargaró got his bid for a second successive win of the season off to a good start by setting the fastest time in the opening 125cc practice session, as the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France got underway at Le Mans on Friday.

A red hot lap of 1’43.908 from the Tuenti Racing rider was over three seconds quicker than last year’s pole position time, which was set by Marc Márquez. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider was second in the hour-long practice, 0.522s off the pace of Espargaró. His effort was admirable as he rides whilst still recovering from an injured shoulder, sustained in a crash in the previous round at Jerez.

His team-mate Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) followed hot on his heels, whilst Championship leader Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) had to end his session early as a mechanical fault saw him pull up with four minutes remaining. The Spaniard still managed to set the fourth quickest lap of the practice however, but his team-mate Bradley Smith was less fortunate. The British rider also suffered a problem with his Aprilia that forced him into the garage midway through the session, and he failed to return to the track again as he ended up with the 18th best time after being limited to just nine laps.

Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team) gave the home fans reason for optimism as the Frenchman completed the top five, with Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) all inside the eight fastest times.

Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) and Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) completed the top ten, and the second 125cc practice session is due to get underway at 9am local time on Saturday morning.


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