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Nakagami still ahead in San Marino practice

Nakagami still ahead in San Marino practice

Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami locked out both Moto2™ Friday practices for the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, only to crash at the end of the afternoon. The Italtrans Racing Team rider was joined inside the top three by Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with championship leader Scott Redding fourth.

Already quickest in the morning, Nakagami proceeded to lower the best lap time to 1’38.291 which was just a single thousandth of a second quicker than Espargaro, who is currently second in the championship. However the former suffered a heavy impact when he highsided his Kalex at the very end of the second session; following a medical check-up, it was confirmed that he had suffered no more than bruising to a foot.

Behind Rabat, Silverstone winner Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) was just over a third of a second off the day’s best pace, with Johann Zarco – who crashed at the end of the opening period – completing the top five for Came Iodaracing Project. Sixth was Tom Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) as the field continued to set up their bikes at Misano. Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon was seventh from Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, while the top ten was completed by Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Xavier Simeon and NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini.

In the paddock, news came through that Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas – who is not competing at Misano due to injury – has been banned from the Aragon and Malaysia events for causing a multiple collision at the end of the Silverstone Warm-Up session just under two weeks ago.

Final practice at Misano begins at 10:55am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday.


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