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Espargaró tops FP2 at Phillip Island

Espargaró tops FP2 at Phillip Island

The Tuenti Racing rider led the second practice at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix ahead of Marc Márquez and Bradley Smith, as weather conditions continued to play a main factor.

Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) was the quickest rider round the Phillip Island circuit in the second practice as he posted a best lap of 1'46.395 to finish well over a full second ahead of the rest of the field. The session started on a wet surface as it had on Friday and by the end of the practice the sun had appeared, although the winds were still gusting at a high rate with a surface temperature of just 11ºC.

Following the Spaniard on the timesheet at 1.220s behind was Championship leader Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), with Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) just over six-tenths further back in third. Completing the top five were Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) and Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) with the quintet well spread out in terms of time differences.

Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) and Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) placed sixth and seventh respectively, with Championship contender Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) finding the conditions testing and ending the session in eighth position at just under four seconds off Espargaró's pace.

There were crashes during the practice for wild cards Nicholas Diles (Aprilia RSW Racing) and Josh Hook (Hook and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), whilst Jakub Kornfeil (Racing Team Germany) experienced some mechanical issues that hindered his session.


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