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Rain-affected Malaysia practice headed by Nakagami

Rain-affected Malaysia practice headed by Nakagami

In a Moto2™ practice session that was once again marred by rain at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang it was Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami who went fastest in the preceding dry run ahead of Johann Zarco and Scott Redding.

Riders were treated to a 20-minute dry spell before the skies opened at the notoriously wet track, and it was Nakagami who set the pace with a 2.08’145 ahead of JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding, with both riders less than half a tenth off. Nakagami’s teammate Toni Elías was on song in the morning session finishing in fourth, whilst Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró ended the morning in fifth.

Espargaró still leads the combined timesheets from all practice sessions, and was unfortunately to suffer a small crash once the field had gone out in the wet conditions. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón set the sixth quickest time, whilst Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio made his way up the rankings with a good performance. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat and Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez completed the top ten.

Márquez remained seventh in the overall rankings, while Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith, who broke two toes yesterday, remained in fifth. Most teams waited until the track was sufficiently wet to head out for the final 15 minutes, which saw not only Espargaró, but also Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrötter and Tech 3’s Xavier Siméon drop their bike. Márquez opted not to head out in the wet conditions.


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