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Late charge puts Corsi on top

Late charge puts Corsi on top

The first Moto2™ practice session had looked set in stone till Corsi and Rins put in late flying laps to go ahead of Folger.

Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) continued to impress aboard the Speed Up machine. In recent years Sam Lowes was one of the few riders able to make the chassis work in the competitive Moto2™ World Championship, but Corsi is proving he can do it as well. A 1’39.903 from the aggressive Italian late in the session propelled him to the top of the time sheets.

In a similar fashion to Corsi, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) left it till late in the session to set his fastest laps. A 1’37.932 was his best time of the session, coming on his 20th lap from 22. During his final lap he made a small mistake, running wide and potentially costing him the top spot as Rins was only 0.029s behind Corsi.

After announcing that in 2017 he will move up to the MotoGP™ World Championship with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) was immediately on the pace. With a weight off his shoulders and his future decided, the German was in control for most of the session. A 1’38.024 on his fifth lap saw him go unchallenged for the majority of practice, eventually dropping to third. Folger was another victim of Turn 8, crashing unharmed late in the session.

Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) started well at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar as he was fourth, looking to add to his four previous wins. Now fully recovered from his double shoulder dislocation, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) was again inside the top five and 0.276 off the slowest time.

Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport), Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), championship leader Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing) made up the top tne.

Danny Eslick (JPMoto Malaysia) made his Moto2™ World Championship debut in place of the injured Efren Vazquez. Meanwhile Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) withdrew from the weekend as he continues to recover from illness.

Both Dominique Aegerter (CarXpert Interwetten) and Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) suffered early falls at the tricky Turn 8. Neither sustained any serious injuries and were able to return to the pits for repairs.

The intermediate class will be back out on track at 15:05 Local Time for FP2, their last session of Friday.

Full results from the session are available here with complete times.

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP1, Simone Corsi, Jonas Folger, Alex Rins, Speed Up Racing, Dynavolt Intact GP, Paginas Amarillas HP 40, Report

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