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21 days ago
By motogp.com

Mir and Lowes lead the Italians in Mugello

The reigning Moto3™ World Champion set the pace on Friday, with Lowes and Bagnaia just behind

After finishing fourth quickest in FP1, Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) made his mark in the second Free Practice session to end Friday at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley as the fastest man in the Moto2™ class. Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) was second in both of Friday’s sessions, his 1:52.236 was 0.112 behind Mir’s time. Third overall was Championship leader and home hero Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46), who was just 0.001 off Lowes’ time after finishing FP1 in P7.

Last year’s race winner Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) was fourth quickest overall, a huge improvement from FP1 where he finished P17, the Italian was only 0.028 back from compatriot Bagnaia’s time. Rounding out the top five was Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) despite finishing P10 in FP2, he was the only rider in the top 20 who failed to go quicker in the afternoon session.

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40), after finishing fifth after FP1, was P6 overall on Friday, with rookie Remano Fenati impressing on a Moto2™ bike for the first time at Mugello – he was seventh fastest, improving from P10 in FP1.

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Italian GP: Moto2™ Free Practice 2

SKY Racing Team VR46's Luca Marini continued the Italian trend in the afternoon, improving from P12 in the morning session to ending FP2 eighth fastest on board his Kalex machine. Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) was 0.037 behind his fellow Italian in P9, improving his time but not position at the close of play. Fabio Quatararo (MB Covenyors - Speed Up Racing) rounded out the top ten on Friday, the Frenchman jumping up ten places from FP1 to continue the good form he found in Le Mans.

The intermediate class will be back out on track on Saturday for FP3 at 10:55 local time.

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