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Márquez leads in Aragón after FP2 cancellation

Márquez leads in Aragón after FP2 cancellation

The Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider topped the first Moto2 class outing at the Motorland circuit ahead of Aleix Espargaró and Andrea Iannone.

The Moto2 class got the Gran Premio de Aragón underway on Friday morning with Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), whose last GP visit to the track was in the MotoGP class, went to the top of the timings in the first ten minutes of the session. The Spaniard held the lead until the final six minutes saw Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Marc Márquez swap the lead with Espargaró, with Márquez finally assuming the top spot with a best time of 1’54.857, just 0.023s ahead of Espargaró and three tenths quicker than Iannone (Speed Master).

Redding took the fourth spot on the leaderboard with a best lap of 1’55.173, ahead of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who was in the top five the entire session, ending the outing in fifth with a final posted time of 1’55.382.

In sixth was Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) with a 1'55.416, followed by MZ Racing’s Anthony West in seventh and Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) in eighth, the German posting a time seventh tenths off the time of leader Márquez.

Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) completed the top ten riders ahead of Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2).

Making her second visit to the World Championship as a wild card entry for the Mapfre Aspar team is Elena Rosell who finished 39th in the session, while Joan Olivé who has replaced JD Beach on the Aeroport de Castello team for the remaining five rounds of the season, finished 33rd.

The afternoon practice session for the Moto2 class was delayed and eventually postponed, with an extended final practice session for Saturday morning scheduled to run from 11am-12.15pm local time. Qualifying practice will go ahead in the afternoon as originally scheduled.


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