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First Indianapolis free practice sees Espargaró on top

First Indianapolis free practice sees Espargaró on top

Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró laid down the benchmark for this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in the first free practice session, setting the fastest time ahead of Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone.

The Moto2™ grid were greeted by sunshine and dry track conditions for their first official outing in five weeks, and it was Espargaró that was quickest out of the blocks with a last ditch effort of 1.44’239. This pushed Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez, who had been the earlier pace-setter, into second by just over two tenths. The Spanish duo signalled their intent from the off, with third place Iannone on his Speed Master bike over 1.3 seconds off the top.

Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat, who had lead the initial part of practice, finished the session in fourth, while Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti looked on good from as he came in fifth. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter ended the session as sixth fastest, in front of Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi. Lüthi will no doubt be disappointed at being over 1.6 seconds off Márquez, with whom he carried out a private Suter test during the summer break.

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol had a good session, setting the eighth fastest time aboard his Suter chassis, with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding marginally behind in ninth. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón completed the top ten. Terol’s new teammate, Jordi Torres, finished the morning in 25th, while Desguaces La Torre SAG’s new addition, Marcel Schrötter, was 29th.


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