Zarco asserts dominance in final wet Moto2™ practice

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

In the third and final wet practice session at the Jerez circuit, JiR Moto2 rookie Johann Zarco went fastest once again to assert his dominance in the treacherous conditions.

Having had the most consistently wet conditions of all three classes, the Moto2™ field had their third full session to ready themselves for what looks set to be a wet qualifying this afternoon. In true Moto2 fashion the field bunched ever tighter as the session progressed.

Zarco, who has so far been a revelation this weekend in the wet, set a fastest time of 1.54´463, with Interwetten-Paddock´s Thom Lüthi in tow less than three hundredths behind. Speed Master´s Andrea Iannone occupied third a further two tenths down, yet had to stop his bike with a mechanical issue shortly after the checkered flag.

Just behind the front runners, Marc Marquez was upping the pace, placing his Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol bike in fourth, ahead of GP Team Switzerland´s Randy Krummenacher.

Sixth place went to Pons 40 HP Tuenti´s local rider Pol Espargaro, 1.2s off the front, whilst seventh spot was snatched by Tech3 Racing rider Xavier Simeon.

The final top ten spots went to Came IodaRacing Project´s Simone Corsi, Tech3´s Bradley Smith and Italtrans Racing Team´s Claudio Corti.

With many riders looking to find the limit of their Moto2 machines towards the end of the session, some were caught out by the nasty track conditions. Both the first and last corner proved the trickiest to deal with, as S/Master Speed Up´s Mike Di Meglio, NGM Mobile Forward Racing´s Yuki Takahashi and Kiefer Racing´s Max Neukirchner all went down.

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