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Márquez again on top in Sepang

Márquez again on top in Sepang

The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider led the timesheet in the second 125cc practice session for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Terol and Pol Espargaró.

Marc Márquez became the first and so far only rider this weekend to get under 2'13” when he set a fastest lap of 2'12.946 in the second practice session at Sepang on Saturday. That placed the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider a substantial 0.736s clear at the top of the order as he prepares to go for a tenth pole of the season later in the day.

Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) was the closest rider to the young Spaniard but the Championship leader's best effort of 2'13.682 was some way off his rival's time. Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) finished the session in third, having had a mechanical issue late in the practice that forced him to pit in. At 2'14.159 he was over a second off Márquez

Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) was fourth, with Bradley Smith fifth. The Bancaja Aspar rider suffered a crash midway through the session when on course to set what would have been the fastest lap of the practice at that point, and the Brit eventually timed in 1.351s off the top time. Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) completed the top six and was the final rider within two seconds of Márquez.

Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) was back on track despite fracturing a metacarpal bone in his right hand in yesterday's session, and the Brit was seventh. There were crashes in the session for Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) and Jasper Iwema (CBC Corse), both of whom were back out on track shortly after. Jonas Folger (Ongetta Team) was absent after a fracture in his left radius which was undetected following his crash in the Japan GP meant he was declared unfit.


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