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Smith gets a flying start in first Motegi practice

Smith gets a flying start in first Motegi practice

Tech 3 Racing rider Bradley Smith was fastest in the first Moto2 outing at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit with Andrea Iannone and Thomas Lüthi completing the top three.

Smith topped the opening outing for the 600 class at the Grand Prix of Japan, with a time of 1’53.806. Iannone (Speed Master) made his charge to regain the leading time on his final lap, though ran out of fuel before he could complete it and his time from lap 14 of 16 was 0.092s behind the Brit, putting the Italian second and leaving him to push his bike to the pits.

Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) posted the third fastest lap with a 1’53.909, with Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) grabbing fourth and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) fifth. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) posted sixth quickest in the session with a 1’54.153, with Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) following by just 6 thousandths of a second to place seventh.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) ended the session in eighth at his home round with a time of 1’54.212, while Championship contender Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) was ninth and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) completed the top ten times.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) posted11th after a having runoff, while Espargaró brothers Aleix (Pons HP 40) and Pol (HP Tuenti Speed Up) finished within three hundredths of each other in 12th and 13th.


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