Lüthi leads again at Motegi

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Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Swiss rider continued his fine form of the day before, posting the fastest time of the weekend ahead of Marc Márquez and Yuki Takahashi.

Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Thomas Lüthi surfaced at the top of the Moto2 pile, improving his previous day’s time by 5 tenths with a best lap of 1’52.670 to successfully hold off the late challenge by Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider Márquez, who ranked second in the outing just 0.028s behind the 25 year old Lüthi.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) again took third with a time two tenths behind Márquez, while Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing), who has not been outside the top six thus far this weekend, remained unshaken by an early run off to rank fourth. The British rider was followed by another rider who has had a prominent showing at the front this weekend, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), who posted a time 1’52.977, half a second quicker than his best time on Friday.

In sixth was Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who stepped up his pace by almost a full second, while Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) ranked seventh again, followed by Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), both of whom followed Rabat by less than one hundredths of a second.

Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) completed the top ten, ahead of Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar) and Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2).

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