Márquez continues Moto2 lead

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Friday, 1 July 2011

FP2 saw a repeat of the earlier practice session on Friday, with Marc Márquez resuming his place at the head of the Moto2 field in the second practice session of the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM weekend, ahead of Stefan Bradl in second and Alex de Angelis third in the timings.

Marc Márquez remained the fastest Moto2 rider on Friday at Mugello, topping the dry afternoon session despite rain falling earlier in afternoon. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider and winner of the Assen TT last weekend posted a lap time of 1'53.241, nearly half a second over his best morning time despite lower track temperatures.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) were again second and third fastest, although they were much closer to the Spaniard in the afternoon session, respectively 0.121s and 0.230s behind Márquez compared to their margins of 0.319s and 0.583s of the earlier practice.

Italian Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) went over a second faster in FP2, bettering his position to from sixth to fourth for the day, and nearly half a second faster than the fifth of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing).

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) was sixth, just ahead of Tech 3 Racing Team mates Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio. The British rider, who crashed out of the morning practice, was able to make up some of his lost time to place seventh, while his French team mate bettered his morning time by 0.752s, moving into eighth.

Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland Team GP Kiefer Racing) followed in ninth by a mere 0.002s behind di Meglio, and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) placed tenth for the day, completing the first ten riders who were all within a second of each other.

Finishing just outside the top ten was Italian Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) in 11th, with the next Italian riders placing 21st, 22nd and 23rd for the day, respectively Raffaele De Rosa (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2), Mattia Pasini (IODA Racing Project) and Simone Corsi (IODA Racing Project).

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