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Bradl dominates day one in Misano

Bradl dominates day one in Misano

The Viessmann Kiefer Racing rider outgunned his Moto2 rivals on opening day at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Stefan Bradl responded to the challenge set by Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) by clocking a lap time of 1’38.461, five tenths quicker than the Spaniard’s FP1 time that led the field in the first outing and nearly a second quicker than his own FP1 time. Márquez’s lap of 1’38.902 had remained fastest of the day until Bradl pulled out his fast lap in the final two minutes, bumping the Moto2 rookie into second for the day.

Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) set the second quickest lap of the session with a 1’39.011, a three tenths improvement on his morning session time, but still 0.109 seconds behind Márquez for the day, placing Espargaró in third.

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) grabbed the fourth spot with a time of 1’39.045, ahead of local rider Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) in fifth, who improved his time by four tenths. Frenchman Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Racing) ranked sixth while younger brother to Aleix, Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) was seventh.

Italian rider Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing) took up the ninth spot in the field, with Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) completing the top ten in the combined times.

Twelve riders in the field of thirty nine did not improve on their earlier times, including local San Marino rider Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who ranked 11th in the combined times, Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) in 14th, and Alex Baldolini (Pons HP 40) in 30th position.


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