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Espargaro maintains advantage in Catalunya

Espargaro maintains advantage in Catalunya

Pol Espargaro kept his name atop the classification as Moto2™ practice continued at the Circuit de Catalunya. A favourite with the locals, the Tuenti HP 40 rider led Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis as increasing heat left onlookers hunting for shade.

Friday brought a sweltering start to the sixth race weekend of the season, with the riders unable to improve their lap times in the afternoon. Although Espargaro topped both sessions, it was his morning lap time of 1’46.985 that was the benchmark and this saw off Luthi by one and three quarter tenths of a second. Behind de Angelis, championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) was fourth quickest.

A further two crashes came in the afternoon as both Rafid Topan Sucipto (QMMF Racing Team) and Kyle Smith (Blusens Avintia) suffered incidents, whereas Takaaki Nakagami completed the top five for Italtrans Racing Team. With Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat sixth and ninth respectively, three of the ten Spaniards in the field ended the day inside the top ten.

The final practice session for Moto2™ will begin at 10:55am local time (GMT +2).


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