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Bradl leads while Márquez sits out

Bradl leads while Márquez sits out

Stefan Bradl was quickest on the first day of the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix, with Aleix Espargaró and Dominique Aegerter in second and third. Marc Márquez elected to sit out the session in order to fully recover after a crash in the morning session.

Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Bradl edged Espargaró (Pons HP 40) by two hundredths of a second for the top spot in the final practice of the day and was a tenth quicker than FP1 leader Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) with a best effort of 2'08.464.

Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) stepped up to the fourth spot for the day with a best lap of 2’08.594, a margin of 0.015s ahead of Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) who completed the top five with a best lap of 2'08.609.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) was seven thousandths off the Swiss rider in sixth, with Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) two tenths off the recent race winning de Angelis. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) was eighth for the day with a time of 2'08.970, followed by Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) completing the top ten.

There were no fewer than 11 crashes in the session, with that of Ricky Cardús (QMMF Racing Team) producing injuries in the rider that have proclaimed him unfit for racing.

Following a crash in a wet corner in the first practice outing, Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) decided to sit out the second free practice session in order to fully recover for Saturday's FP3 and QP. Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Racing) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) also went down in the same corner, with Smith suffering a fractured collar bone and a chest contusion. Following the incident, an inquiry by Race Direction determined that the marshals did not display the appropriate flag at the dangerous wet corner and a decision was made to impose to the organiser a fine of 15.000 Euros.


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