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Crash-strewn second practice sees Zarco go fastest

Crash-strewn second practice sees Zarco go fastest

In a crash-strewn Moto2™ second free practice held in very wet conditions at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón it was JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco who coped best as he headed Alex de Angelis and Tom Lüthi.

Frenchman Zarco once again cemented his reputation in the wet by posting the quickest time of the afternoon with a 2.07’844, despite falling late on in the session as he pushed for a better time. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s De Angelis was just under three-tenths off the top, yet was the first rider to crash in the session. His team did a good job to repair the bike to get him out again for this final eight minutes. Interwetten-Paddock’s Lüthi was just marginally off the San Marino rider, as he put in another good showing in tricky conditions.

Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea showed that he is a force to be reckoned with in the wet with his second strong performance of the day in fourth, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti. His compatriot, Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, brought his bike home in sixth, just five thousands of a second behind. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón finished seventh, ahead of Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon, who crashed twice in the session. QMMF Racing’s Anthony West looked at home again in the wet in ninth, with Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrötter completing the top ten.

Zarco’s teammate Eric Granado had a big highside early on in practice, with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio and Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez also taking a spill. Márquez ended the afternoon on 13th, whilst his nearest championship pursuer, Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró came in 11th. Espargaró was unhappy at the end of the session, as he encountered traffic twice as he tried to post a hot lap.


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