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Aegerter on top in first practice

Aegerter on top in first practice

Technomag-CIP rider Aegerter set the fastest lap in the Moto2 field ahead of Swiss compatriot Lüthi, with de Angelis bringing up third. Márquez highsided at the start of the session causing a red flag but escaped serious injury.

A dramatic opening to the Moto2 field’s first outing of the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix weekend saw Championship challenger Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) crash in a spectacular highside shortly after Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Racing) lowsided in the same corner. Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) then fell in the same spot seconds later as the red flag came out. The cause of the crashes was determined to be a substantial amount of water from rain that fell briefly in that part of the track shortly before. All riders checked out with no broken bones, though Smith was taken to the hospital for a CT scan of his lung.

When the green flag came out and the riders returned to the track, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) jumped to the head of the timings by a huge margin over the rest of the field and sustained his lead until the close of the session. He edged Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) by a mere 0.001s with a time of 2’08.635. The nearest challenger to the two was Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who trailed them by over seven tenths.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) brought up fourth with a lap of 2’09.555, with Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) four hundredths behind the Italian and the last rider within a second of Aegerter’s leading time, though Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) trailed Espargaró by just 0.040s to rank sixth.

Bradl’s time was seven hundredths ahead of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) with Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) just 0.008s quicker than Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP) in tenth.


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