Espargaró sets the pace in final Moto2™ practice at Le Mans

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

In an action packed final free practice for the Moto2™ class at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans, it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who set the fastest time ahead of Scott Redding.

The young Spaniard continued his impressive form this season by setting the quickest lap of 1.37’816, marginally ousting Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding into second place. Surprise inclusion was pre-season pace-setter Claudio Corti, who showed significant pace this morning on-board his Italtrans Racing Team machine.

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s championship leader Marc Marquez was fourth, just over two tenths off the top. He was followed closely by Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi in fifth, who will be looking to get one over on the Spaniard this time out.

Mapfre Aspar Team’s Nico Terol, the current 125cc World Champion, was another surprise in the top ten as he put his Suter in sixth place during the session. Behind him, Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio was a second off the front, and will be looking for an improvement in qualifying.

Eighth place went to GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher, in front of Tech 3 Racing Team’s Bradley Smith, who recovered from a less than ideal day yesterday. The top was rounded out by Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, who crashed in the final few minutes of the session as he was heading into the final turn.

It was an incident strewn practice with crashes straight from the off, as Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Axel Pons lost the front of his Kalex machine, followed soon after by S/Master Speed Up’s Mike Di Meglio and Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner. Federal Oil Gresini Moto2´s Gino Rea also came off his new Suter with 18 minutes left on the clock, as he continued to search for the best set-up on his latest bike.

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