Espargaró leads the way in Malaysia first free practice

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Friday, 19 October 2012

In the first Moto2™ free practice session of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang it was Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró who led the way in front of Bradley Smith and Marc Márquez.

The Moto2™ grid was greeted with a dry track but warm and humid conditions, in which Espargaró set the quickest time of the morning with a 2.08’015. Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith, who since Japan seems to have found that little something extra, left it late to jump up the timesheets and present himself as a podium contender this weekend. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez was lapping consistently fast in the session, finishing just over three-tenths off the top.

Fourth spot went to Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat, with the Spaniard once again on song after his terrific outing in Motegi last time out. He finished just ahead of Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter, who made a reappearance in the top ten in fifth. Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, who seemed out of sorts last weekend, looked to have rediscovered some form as he came in sixth, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol.

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, despite being in eighth place, was still less than half a second off the front, with Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami and Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi completing the top ten. There was only one crasher in the session in the form of Kiefer Racing’s Mike Di Meglio, who was fortunately unhurt.

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