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Relentless Rabat quickest on opening day on the Island

Relentless Rabat quickest on opening day on the Island

After the first day of Moto2™ practice at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, the fastest rider was Tito Rabat, followed by Sandro Cortese and Thomas Luthi.

FP2 saw Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) go faster than the best FP1 times, putting in a 1’33.057s. He did so towards the end of a trademark long run. Rabat’s time was 0.598s faster than Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP).

Luthi (Interwetten Sitag) meanwhile, was 0.624s behind Rabat in third, with all three improving their FP1 times.

Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) rounded out the top five on combined times. The top five were within just over 0.7s of Rabat.

Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team), Jonas Folger (AGR Team), Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing) and Sam Lowes (Speed Up) completed the top ten on the opening day.

Robin Mulhauser (Technomag CarXpert) suffered a fast fall, causing a lot of damage to his Suter. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Gresini Moto2) and Viñales both took falls in turn 4, whereas Azlan Shah (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) had to be taken to the hospital for a CT scan after sustaining a crash in turn 8. He will be reviewed before FP3 to assess whether he is fit to ride.

Wild card Aiden Wagner (Marc VDS Racing Team) fell and ended his session early and Kallio crashed soon after.

Click here for full results from Moto2 on day one at Phillip Island.

Tags:
Moto2, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FP2, Tito Rabat, Marc VDS Racing Team

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