Corsi jumps to the front of Moto2 field

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Simone Corsi bounced back from a crash to lead the second practice session on day one of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, with Marc Márquez and Mattia Pasini following closely in second and third.

The Ioda Racing Project rider leapt to the top of the timings from 23rd place in the final five minutes of the second outing with a lap of 1’46.274. The Italian posted a time 1.788s faster than his best of lap of the morning session, despite crashing in the opening laps of the afternoon session.

Marc Márquez recovered from a crash he had at the end of FP1 to finish 0.065s behind Corsi, putting the Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider in second for the day, while Ioda Racing Project team mate Mattia Pasini posted the third quickest time, a 1’46.448.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) gradually made his way to the front, posting a time of 1’46.453 to rank him fourth in the session, after a slow start of the day saw him finish the first practice outing in 16th. Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), who had topped the morning session, finished fifth with a time of 1’46.574. The British rider was followed by Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar), who made big strides in his lap times, improving them by over three and a half seconds to move the Spanish rider from his earlier 26th ranking into the sixth spot.

Ricky Cardús (QMMF Racing Team) was seventh, followed by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), Mike di Meglio (Tech 3 Racing) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) to complete the top ten.

American wildcard Jake Gange (GPTech) made an impressive showing, posting the 26th fastest time.

Several short cuts through the grass were seen as the Moto2 class pushed for times on the changing asphalt, including Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) and Cardús. Their lap times were corrected during the session, meanwhile several riders suffered falls including Mashel Al Naimi (QMMF Racing Team), Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) and Robertino Pietri (Italtrans Racing). Kenan Sofuoglu of the Technomag-CIP team did not participate in the outing, after his fall in FP1 deemed him unfit.

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