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Simón sets day two pace in Valencia

Simón sets day two pace in Valencia

The Spanish rider was the fastest on the middle day of the Moto2 Test on Friday, with Yuki Takahashi and Andrea Iannone in the top three.

Julián Simón was the quickest Moto2 rider on Friday in the second of three days of testing at the Valencia circuit. The Mapfre Aspar rider set a best lap of 1'36.0 on his Suter machine, as the top ten were separated by 0.8s.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) was two-tenths further back on the vice World Champion in second place, with Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) in third and Tom Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing) fourth, all within half a second of the top time.

Marc Márquez's learning curve produced another improvement as the young Spaniard and reigning 125cc World Champion timed in fifth fastest with an effort of 1'36.6, a time matched by Michele Pirro, Scott Redding and Simone Corsi in a close second day's riding.

Yesterday's fastest rider Alex de Angelis was ninth on Friday, 0.8s off Simón, with Stefan Bradl completing the top ten and new Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio 11th.

British rider Bradley Smith of the Tech 3 team was unhurt after suffering a fall. The former 125cc rider's best lap of the day was a 1'38.0.

Unofficial lap times from Friday (provided by teams):

Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar, Suter), 1'36.0
Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing, Moriwaki), 1'36.2
Andrea Iannone (Speed Master, Suter), 1'36.3
Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing, Suter), 1'36.4
Marc Márquez (Catalunya Caixa Repsol, Suter), 1'36.6
Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing, Moriwaki), 1'36.6
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing, Suter), 1'36.6
Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project, Ioda), 1'36.6
Alex De Angelis (JiR Moto2, Motobi), 1'36.8
Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing, Kalex), 1'36.8
Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing, Suter), 1'37.0
Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter), 1'37.1
Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing, Kalex), 1'37.4
Raffaele de Rosa (G22 Racing, Moriwaki), 1'37.5
Yonny Hernandez (Blusens STX, FTR), 1'37.5
Mike DiMeglio (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3), 1'37.6
Esteve Rabat (Blusens STX, FTR), 1'37.7
Xavi Forés (Mapfre Aspar, Suter), 1'37.7
Claudio Corti (Italtrans, Suter), 1'37.8
Alex Baldolini (Forward Racing, Suter), 1'37.8
Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3), 1'38.0
Kev Coghlan (Motorsport 69, FTR), 1'38.0
Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project, Ioda), 1'38.3
Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing, MZ), 1'38.5
Dominque Aegerter (Technomag CIP, Suter), 1'38.6
Santiago Hernández (SAG Team, FTR), 1'38.6
Anthony West (MZ Racing, MZ), 1'38.8
Kenny Noyes (Avintia STX, FTR), 1'38.9
Robertino Pietri (Italtrans, Suter), 1'39.4

Tags:
Moto2, 2011

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