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Rabat on top by just 0.001s after day one of #ItalianGP

 Rabat on top by just 0.001s after day one of #ItalianGP

Tito Rabat became the fastest ever Moto2™ rider around the Autodromo del Mugello on Friday, beating Johann Zarco into second by 0.001s.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat, the reigning Moto2™ World Champion, broke the lap record at the Tuscany circuit as he recorded a 1’52.311, the fastest ever time set by a Moto2™ bike: “Today went very well. I really like this track and the bike has improved in the last races, so we could be strong in both sessions. The lap time is impressive but we have to remember it is only Friday and we must work hard and stay focused to improve the bike.”

Current championship leader, Johann Zarco, finished in second by the slenderest of margins, just 0.001s behind Rabat, as he too went faster than Pol Espargaro’s Pole Record (1’52.369) from 2012: “This morning I spent my time reacquainting myself with the circuit. I felt good without riding very aggressively, but in the afternoon I had to go a step further and go faster –which I did. We worked very well with the team, the bike has been improved and my times have got better too. We still have work to do, but we have started the weekend well.”

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes was fastest during FP1 in the morning, but had to settle for third overall, 0.354s behind Rabat. Le Mans race winner Thomas Luthi, on the Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex, also had a good day as he finished in fourth on the combined timesheets. The Swiss rider has often struggled in the past with consistency, and will be hoping to back up his winning performance at the French GP with another good performance in Mugello.

Athina Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi also managed to lap under the 1’53 mark, as he finished 0.611s back from Rabat in fifth. Takaaki Nakagami made it into the top six on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex with a 1’53.139, with AGR Team’s Axel Pons in seventh, while Alex Rins on the Paginas Amarillas HP40 bike was eighth fastest overall.

Sandro Cortese on the Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex and Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Xavier Simeon were ninth and tenth respectively, with less than a second separating the top ten.

Check out the combined times from day one of Moto2™ Free Practice at Mugello; FP3 is due to kick off at 10:55 local time in Mugello on Saturday.

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Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, FP2, Johann Zarco, Sam Lowes, Tito Rabat, Ajo Motorsport, EG 0,0 Marc VDS, Speed Up Racing

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