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Thomas Luthi ends Friday on top of the combined timesheets in Moto2™ ahead of Sam Lowes and Tito Rabat.
Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Luthi managed to set the fastest time in Moto2™ at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana on a Friday that saw less than 0.9s separate the top 14 riders. Luthi, who is aiming for his second win of 2015, continued the form that saw him finish second in Sepang to set a 1’35.560 in FP2. The Swiss rider's time was just over half a second off Pol Espargaro’s 2013 Pole Record (1’34.957) and saw him head the rest of the Moto2™ field by over two tenths despite crashing after the checkered flag had been shown at the end of FP2 at turn 11.
Speed Up Racing’s Lowes (+0.201s) was second fastest after he set his fastest time in FP1, the Brit failing to improve in the afternoon. Lowes is looking to bow out on a high with his team and add to his four podiums in 2015, before making the switch to the Gresini Team next year.
EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat (+0.274s) was third on his return from the broken radius that has kept him out of the last three GP’s. The 2014 Moto2™ World Champion is making the step up to MotoGP™ next year with his team, and is clearly determined to end his Moto2™ career with a win.
Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins (+0.434s) ended the day in fourth despite crashing in FP2 at turn 8. He finished just 0.055s ahead of AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (+0.489s) in fifth, who is chasing his third podium in four races.
Rins’ teammate Luis Salom (+0.656s) failed to improve in the afternoon, but still ended the day sixth on the combined timesheets, just eight-thousandths of a second ahead of Julian Simon on the QMMF Racing Team Speed Up bike in seventh.
Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Simone Corsi (Forward Racing) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten, while Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) had to settle for 11th after a crash with 10 mins to go in FP2 at turn 12.
Technomag Racing Interwetten’s Dominique Aegerter was 28th on his return from injury and just 0.001s behind the pace of his teammate Robin Mulhauser in 27th, but unfortunately Aegerter was forced to withdraw from the GP after FP2 due to the pain from his injuries and will be replaced by Josh Hook for the rest of the weekend.
Check out the combined Moto2™ FP1 & FP2 results; FP3 kicks off at 10:55am local time on Saturday.
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