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Argentina GP weekend begins with Zarco in charge

Argentina GP weekend begins with Zarco in charge

Back to his best, Johann Zarco dominated the opening session, Kent the only rider within half a second as Nakagami ends in third.

With temperatures continually rising in Argentina, riders in the Moto2™ World Championship ventured out for their first session of the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina. Setting the pace almost immediately was Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport), the Frenchman flying around the track.

With conditions constantly improving, riders put in their preferred tyres for the final ten minutes and went about hunting for a fast lap.

On his 19th lap of 21 Zarco set a 1’45.037 to top the session, hardly challenged throughout. The Argentina GP was the location of Zarco’s first win of the 2015 season kick starting his championship challenge, could history repeat itself on Sunday?

A last minute lap saw Moto2™ returnee Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) in a magnificent second place. The Brit was the only rider to get within half a second of Zarco’s time, his second stint in Moto2™ already producing much better results.

Completing the top three was Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), the Japanese rider setting a 1’45.573. Nakagami’s best result in Argentina has been a 15th, failing to score points in 2015 but his pace is already looking stronger.

Fourth was Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), the Brit again showing well and improving his pace throughout the session. Lowes was one of eight riders hit with a jump start penalty in Qatar and is eager for a calmer weekend in Argentina. Back in 2015 he managed third in the race.

Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top five, the German out for redemption after an unforced crash while he was comfortably leading in Qatar.

Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas GP 40), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP), Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) and Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) completed the top ten. All of the top 12 riders were within a second of the fastest time.

Having missed the Qatar GP due to a double shoulder dislocation, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) was 25th on his return, under two weeks after the injury occurred.

Full results from the session can be viewed here.

The next session for the Moto2™ class will be FP2 at 15:05 Local Time.

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, FP1, Takaaki Nakagami, Johann Zarco, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, Ajo Motorsport

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