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Pol Espargaró on top in paused warm up

Pol Espargaró on top in paused warm up

Pol Espargaró topped the morning warm up ahead of Esteve Rabat and Thomas Lüthi as the Moto2 field prepared for the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix this afternoon.

A red flag caused by Joan Olivé (Aeroport de Castello) paused the 20 minute session as the rider’s bike lay mid track following a crash. Warm up resumed with just over three minutes remaining, and the session concluding Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up), who starts from his best grid position since moving up to the Moto2 class, topping the field with a lap of 2’08.752.

12th place starter Rabat (Blusens-STX) followed by 0.006, with pole man Lüthi bringing up third.

Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), who starts next to his brother Pol on row two, ranked fourth in the outing, ahead of third row starter Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).

Title rival Marc Márquez (CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) did not participate in the session and the Spanish star has been declared unfit to race after failing to pass a medical examination prior to warm up. With his non-participation in this round, this means that Bradl can potentially take the title today should he win the race.


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