Corsi moves ahead in afternoon practice

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Simone Corsi moved atop the timesheets as Moto2™ practice continued at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday. After a flurry of last-minute lap time improvements, the NGM Mobile Racing rider led championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Tito Rabat (Tuenti HP 40).

After finishing fourth in the morning, Corsi continued his consistent day to lead with a best effort of 1’43.683. Redding – who at the end of the second session briefly set the pace for the first and only time – ended proceedings almost three tenths of a second slower, while third-placed Rabat narrowly edged out Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco and Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Marcel Schrotter. In sixth was Takaaki Nakagami, who had led the opening period for Italtrans Racing Team.

The talking point of the day was arguably the huge highside from which Pol Espargaro escaped unscathed. The title contender lost the rear end of his Tuenti HP 40 machine at the final corner, with the bike soon cartwheeling towards – but missing - its errant rider who was miraculously able to ride it back to the pit lane for repairs. The Spaniard would finish the day in 15th position, having during the summer break signed a MotoGP™ contract with Monster Yamaha Tech3 for next year.

Mike di Meglio was in the wars in the final minutes, sliding his JiR Moto2 bike off-track at Turn 10, as American wildcard rider James Rispoli completed the day in 28th spot for GPTech. 31st fastest of the 33 runners was Thitipong Warokorn for Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2, permanent replacement for fellow Thai countryman Ratthapark Wilairot who has now retired from Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Moto2™ resumes with third practice from 10:55am local time (GMT -4) on Saturday.

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