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Rabat sets the pace in Moto2™

 Rabat sets the pace in Moto2™

Tito Rabat was the only rider to the break the 1’37 barrier as he heads the first day of practice from Sam Lowes and Takaaki Nakagami.

Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex ended the first day of practice at the Red Bull Grand Prix of Indianapolis on top of the combined timesheets. Rabat, who was third fastest in FP1, manage to up his pace by almost a second in FP2 as he took advantage of ideal conditions and improving grip levels at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rabat was the only rider to break the 1’37 barrier, and his 1’36.967 was less than a tenth off the Pole Record (1’36.883s) at the circuit set by Mika Kallio last year. Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes was 0.328s further back in second overall, with Takaaki Nakagami (+0.439s) on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex completing the provisional front row.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins (+0.479s) had topped FP1 in the morning but had to settle for fourth overall ahead of the current championship leader Johann Zarco (+0.481s) on the Ajo Motorsport Kalex in fifth.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Mika Kallio (+0553s) followed up his fifth place in FP1 by finishing the day sixth fastest overall ahead of Jonas Folger (+0.593s) on the AGR Team Kalex in seventh.

Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team), Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) who crashed in FP1 but was unhurt, and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) completed the top ten.

Race winner at the German GP Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) found himself down in 15th, while Xavi Vierge, who replaced Ricky Cardus in the Tech 3 team, ended the day in 27th.

Check out the combined Moto2™ FP1 and FP2 times, FP3 is due to start at 10:55am local time in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, FP2, Sam Lowes, Tito Rabat, Takaaki Nakagami, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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