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Zarco tops a rainy FP2

Zarco tops a rainy FP2

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) set the fastest time in a wet 125cc FP2 at this weekend’s AirAsia British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit. British rider Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) followed in second and German rider Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was third.

Johann Zarco handily topped the practice times held in wet conditions at the British circuit, setting a fastest lap time nearly 3 seconds ahead of the field. However the rainy conditions put the 20 year old Zarco over 17 seconds slower than his FP1 time. Danny Webb was second in the FP2 with a time of 2’36.956 with Folger following 0.598s behind.

The second practice session for the 125cc class began with rain drops just starting to fall as the riders made their first laps on slick tires. After 5 minutes into the session the rain began in earnest, making the surface slick and sending hands up to indicate a wet track. Indeed the rain flag did come out to indicate a rainy session and the field returned to the pits to prepared bikes with a full wet set up.

Louis Rossi and Joan Perello were the first riders to venture out into the worsening conditions, with the rest of the field slowly following them. Lap times were significantly slower than FP1, with mid session times around the 2’40s. The pace quickened toward the end, though the weather did not improve.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) set the fourth fastest time in the rain, Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) was fifth, Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) followed in sixth 0.106s ahead of Championship leader Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar). Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) came in eighth with a time of 2'38.470, ahead of Francesco Mauriello (WTR-Ten10 Racing) and Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) in tenth, whose FP2 time was 6.157s behind practice leader Zarco's.

The weather forecast is for heavy rain on Sunday, so the wet practice may well be a good indicator of race conditions.


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