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Zarco leads rain-hit San Marino first practice

In a rain-hit and crash-strewn first Moto2™ practice at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini it was JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco who led the field ahead of Gino Rea and Anthony West.

Zarco, known for his prowess in the rain put in a best time of 1.52’183 ahead of Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea, who has also shown that a wet track brings out his strengths. They headed wet-weather specialist Anthony West on-board his QMMF Racing machine, who was just over eight tenths off the top.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone set the fourth fastest time in front of his home crowd, though was bucked off his bike in the latter stages. It was an uncharacteristic error from the Italian, as he got on the throttle too early in a bend, in anger at being held up by slower traffic. Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon, another crasher in the session, finished the morning in fifth, over 1.4s off the top.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Yuki Takahashi coped well with the conditions to bring his bike home in sixth, ahead of Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrötter, who has clearly benefited from the new parts and tests carried out by himself and Bimota before the race. Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti, keen to put on a good show for his home fans, was eighth, with Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio completing the top ten. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez was the only rider not to go out in the session, waiting instead for improved conditions.

In addition to the crashes by Iannone and Siméon, S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi, Kallio’s teammate Scott Redding, Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot and Arguiñano Racing Team’s South African stand-in rider Steven Odendaal also fell on the wet track. None of the riders were seriously injured in the incidents.

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Moto2, 2012, FP1

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