In the second free practice at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini in Misano it was Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon who set the fastest time ahead of Claudio Corti and Andrea Iannone.
After a preceding MotoGP™ session that was neither wet not dry, the Moto2™ contingent was met with rain, allowing all to lap continuously on wet tyres. And it was Siméon who coped best with the conditions and posted the top time of the day with a 1.51’874, with Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti less than two tenths behind. Speed Master’s local favourite Andrea Iannone went third quickest, doing well to recover from his crash in the morning session.
JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco, who was quickest in the morning session, was once again a front-runner in the afternoon, despite dropping his bike half way through practice. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio was in a similar situation as the Finn posted a good time in fifth, yet also crashing before the end of the session. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón bettered his performance from the morning significantly, ending the afternoon in sixth, just over eight tenths off the top.
Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi was seventh fastest, ahead of the much improved Marcel Schrötter on his upgraded Bimota machine with the Desguaces La Torre SAG team. Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres completed the top ten. As well as Zarco and Kallio, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea, QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West and Arguiñano Racing Team’s Steven Odendaal also took a spill in the afternoon. Fortunately there were no serious injuries.