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Espargaró fastest in final free practice at Indianapolis

Espargaró fastest in final free practice at Indianapolis

At the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who set the fastest time in the final free practice session before qualifying ahead of Scott Redding and Marc Márquez.

The Moto2™ grid was quick out of the blocks in the this morning’s final free practice session, looking to make the most of the good weather and track conditions to find a good set-up for qualifying this afternoon. Espargaró, who had been the pace-setter yesterday, was again on top form as he put in a Moto2™ lap record of 1.43’400, beating Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding by less than a tenth. Sitting equally as close behind was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez, who looked to have found some extra speed since yesterday.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami had an impressive session as the Japanese rider came in fourth, ousting Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio into fifth. Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone will be buoyed by his performance this morning, having struggled for pace yesterday afternoon. He ended the morning in sixth, ahead of JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco, who posted his time early on, before a crash 14 minutes before the end put a halt to his session. The Frenchman was unhurt in the incident.

Nakagami’s teammate Claudio Corti could not quite repeat his feat of yesterday where was third fastest, yet lies only eight tenths off the top. Esteve Rabat, teammate to Espargaró, came in ninth, while Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi lapped consistently fast once again to round out the top ten. With the top three riders being covered by less than a tenth and the top 19 riders by less than 1.6 seconds, the Moto2 qualifying promises to be yet another close-fought battle.


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