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Redding makes most of wet Moto2 session

Redding makes most of wet Moto2 session

The British rider set the best lap in a first practice that was run in the wet, but in conditions that permitted more progress than the earlier 125cc and MotoGP sessions.

Whilst conditions were far from ideal for the Moto2 class in the first practice of the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal at Estoril on Friday, they at least allowed the majority of the riders to gain some track time especially towards the end of the 40-minute run.

With the rain easing off in the latter half of the practice – but still coming down – a total of 33 riders were able to gain some track time, with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding posting a best effort of 2’04.031 on his fifth of six laps to top a timesheet which was widely spread due to the conditions. The young Brit was one of a host of riders who experienced a fall towards the end of the session, one which he escaped unharmed from.

Renowned for his ability to adapt well to such weather Anthony West (MZ Racing) was 1.617s behind in second, with Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP) starting his weekend with the French team well in third.

Completing the top six were Héctor Faubel (Marc VDS Racing Team), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and World Champion Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) who himself had a crash in the closing stages. Neither Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) nor Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up), who are currently locked in a battle for runner-up spot in the standings behind Elías, completed a lap as they opted to play it safe.

Additional riders experiencing crashes on the wet track included Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Axel Pons (Tenerife 40 Pons). The Moto2 class are scheduled to return to the track for FP2 at 3.10pm local time.


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