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Opening day in Far East concludes with Rabat in front

Opening day in Far East concludes with Rabat in front

In Moto2™ FP2 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, the quickest three riders were Tito Rabat, Johann Zarco and Maverick Viñales.

Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) leads the Moto2™ World Championship standings by 33 points and he was dominant in the afternoon practice, showing good rhythm and setting the fastest lap by a 0.323s margin over Frenchman Zarco (AirAsia Caterham).

Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) was third fastest but could not get within half a second of Rabat’s best time, trailing his compatriot by 0.583s.

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) and Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team) were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) who were sixth and seventh, all within a second of Rabat’s best time.

Axel Pons (AGR Team), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) completed the top ten.

Wildcard Chalermpol Polamai (Singha Eneos Yamaha Tech 3) suffered a crash early in the session, as did Simon. Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki Racing) fell with just ten minutes remaining, whilst Ratthapark Wilairot (AirAsia Caterham) crashed on his last lap. All the riders were unhurt.

For full Moto2 FP2 results from Motegi click here.

Tags:
Moto2, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2

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