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Local lad Lowes on top in Moto2™

 Local lad Lowes on top in Moto2™

British rider Sam Lowes ends Friday’s practice on top of the combined timesheets at his home Grand Prix.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes delighted the local fans as he finished on top of Friday’s combined timesheets at the Octo British Grand Prix. Lowes finished 0.089s ahead of Paginas Amarillas HP40's Alex Rins, while championship leader Johann Zarco crashed out of the session and was taken to the Medical Centre.

Moto2™ FP2 saw grey clouds appear and temperatures start to drop (Track temp. 23˚C) at Silverstone. Despite this most riders still managed to improve on their times from the morning session.

Lowes set a 2’08.004 on his final lap of FP2 to seal top spot on a day that saw the top fifteen riders separated by less than eight-tenths of a second. Indianapolis race winner Rins completed another good day in second overall, with Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (+0.112s) in third. The Japanese rider clearly likes the Silverstone Circuit having equalled his career best result (2nd) there back in 2013 and still holds the Moto2™ pole record (2’07.039) from the same year.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat (+0.228s) was in fourth, just 0.015s ahead of his teammate Alex Marquez (+0.243s) in fifth. Jonas Folger on the AGR Team Kalex completed the provisional second row, with just 0.256s separating the top 6 riders.

Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) was seventh fastest ahead of the Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex oh Hafizh Syahrin in eighth.

Runaway Moto2™ championship leader Johann Zarco could only manage the ninth fastest time of the day. The Ajo Motorsport rider had earlier topped FP1, but crashed out of the afternoon session with 30 minutes remaining and was taken to the Medical Centre for checks.

Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) completed the top ten while British wildcard Bradley Ray (FAB-Racing) ended the day in 28th overall.

Check out combined the Moto2™ FP1 & FP2 results, FP3 kicks off at 10:55am local time on Saturday.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP2, Sam Lowes, Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Rins, Speed Up Racing

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