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Abraham on top as tricky conditions hamper second practice in Misano

Abraham on top as tricky conditions hamper second practice in Misano

In the second free practice session that was neither completely wet or dry at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini in Misano is was Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham who finished on top ahead of James Ellison and Michele Pirro.

With only 13 riders taking to the partly dry circuit that was frequently hit with showers, top contenders such as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa did not head out on track with nothing to be gained in the mixed conditions.

Abraham’s time in the low 1.42s was sufficient to push Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison into second, with the Brit finishing the afternoon as top CRT. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro took third spot on his FTR-Honda machine, putting in the laps in front of his home crowd. Fourth place went to Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez, who was caught out by the track half way through as he lost the front and crashed out.

A time just under three seconds off the top saw Repsol Honda Team’s Jonathan Rea finish the day in fifth on his MotoGP™ debut. Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci took sixth spot on board his new Ioda-Suter BMW bike, as he sought to familiarize himself with his latest machine. In seventh, Avintia Blusens’ David Salom also took to the track despite conditions, as he made only his second outing on a MotoGP™ machine.

Eighth place went to Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who spent only a fraction of time out on track before heading straight back into the pits. Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet and Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini completed the top ten. San Carlo’s Álvaro Bautista was 11th fastest, while local riders, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso took to the track for one untimed lap.


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