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Zarco sets the pace in FP2

Zarco sets the pace in FP2

Johann Zarco set the fastest time in the second and final 125cc free practice of the Iveco TT Assen weekend, with team mate Efrén Vázquez in second and Sandro Cortese a close third.

Avant-AirAsia-Ajo rider Zarco was the only rider to break the 1’45 barrier in the Friday morning session, with a time of 1’44.336, nearly a second in front of team mate Vázquez who clocked a time of 1’45.138. Intact Racing Team Germany’s Cortese recorded the third fastest lap of the practice with a time of 1’45.264, just before he crashed in the last minutes of the session.

The single cylinder class had an extra 20 minutes of practice on Friday morning due to the cancellation of the second session the day before. The field were significantly faster than the previous rainy day, though cool temperatures and damp spots on the track caused several crashes.

The winner of last round at Silverstone, Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), crashed early in the session but was able to rejoin to finish fourth in the timings, just 0.046s behind Cortese. Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) completed the top five with a lap of 1’45.729 .

Three more Spaniards followed with Sergio Gadea (Blusens Racing by Paris Hilton), in sixth place with a time of 1’46.102, Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) in seventh and Hector Faubel (Aprilia Aspar Banka) in eighth position with a time of 1’46.667. Completing the top ten were Italian rider Simone Grotzkyj (Phonic Racing) and Brit Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport).

Crashes claimed Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica), Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta-Centro Seta), and Championship points leader Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar), who pushed hard for a best time but highsided on the cold track and returned to his box, unable to reenter the session.

125cc, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, FP2

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