Redding grabs lead first session out

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) stole the top spot from Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) in the final seconds of the first Moto2 free practice session at Indianapolis.

The Moto2 class began the sunny Friday morning practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a new timesheet leader nearly every lap. It wasn’t until the final ten minutes that the top ten began to solidify, with Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) jumping top in the last five minutes. The Spaniard proceeded to battle for the top time between Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) and Smith until crashing out with 4 minutes to go. Smith then took the lead until the Redding launched himself ahead of Smith with a lap time of 1’46.689, over half a second quicker than Smith’s time of 1’47.348.

Krummenacher followed in third with a best lap of 1’47.488, ahead of the time set by Márquez on lap 17 or the 20 he completed before his fall. Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) was 0.184s behind Márquez in fifth with Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project), who had held the top spot for several laps, in sixth with a time of 1'48.020.

Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project), who had also occupied the top spot more than once during the session, was seventh quickest with a time of 1'48.062, followed by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), Ricky Cardús (QMMF Racing Team) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) completing the top ten, with American Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) following in eleventh.

The two other American riders in the Moto2 field, wildcard Jacob Gagne (GPTech), and replacement rider for Tommaso Lorenzetti (Aeroport De Castello), JD Beach, were 27th and 34th, respectively.

The only serious crash of the session was that of Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP), who highsided in turn 16 and was taken to the medical center.

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