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Lüthi leads first Moto2™ Le Mans free practice

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi was fastest out of the blocks at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans, as he set the quickest time of the first free practice session ahead of Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi.

With a time of 1.38’303, already below last year’s pole position lap-time, Lüthi set the benchmark for the day in a session that was held in dry and cool conditions at the historic French circuit. He managed to oust a surging Corsi into second, who was just over a tenth off the pace.

Rounding out the top three was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s championship leader Marc Marquez, who had an excursion in the gravel late-on in the session, hampering his final fast laps slightly. He finished ahead of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding in fourth, who posted a time of 1.38’788.

Fifth place went to his teammate Mika Kallio, in front of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone in sixth. Seventh position was occupied by Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró, who will be aiming to battle for top spot again like he did last time out at Estoril.

In eighth, Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter was having a good session, finishing ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti in ninth and Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat in tenth.

The local contingent made up of S/Master Speed Up’s Mike Di Meglio and JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco had a subdued first outing and finished 15th and 16th respectively.

Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith crashed out of the session within the first 15 minutes, yet walked away unscathed.

Tags:
Moto2, 2012, FP1

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