Márquez heads treacherous morning warm-up at Le Mans

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

It was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who set the pace in this morning’s rain-hit warm-up for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans ahead of rival Tom Lüthi.

Having run solely in dry conditions all weekend, this was the only time the Moto2™ grid had to set their bikes up for what is very likely to be a wet race this afternoon. And it was championship leader Márquez who narrowly edged out Interwetten-Paddock’s Lüthi with a time of 1.52’960, despite a few wobbles throughout the session. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding rounded out the top three, just over three tenths off the top.

Early victims of the conditions included NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex De Angelis, who lost the front early on, after which Cresto Guide MZ Racing’s Alexander Lundh was spectacularly thrown off his machine, yet walked away unhurt. In the final minutes, Thai Honda Gresini’s Ratthapark Wilairot followed suit, as he crashed his Suter machine on the final lap. Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Simeon was absent from the session, as he has been declared unfit to race due to injuries sustained in yesterday’s qualifying.

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