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Lüthi remains top of Moto2™ field

Lüthi remains top of Moto2™ field

Thomas Lüthi was the fastest Moto2™ rider for the second day in a row at Jerez, with Claudio Corti and an ever-increasingly fit Marc Márquez completing the top three.

Windier conditions on Tuesday made for a slightly trickier task for the Moto2™ riders at Jerez, although that seemed to do little to hinder Thomas Lüthi's strong pre-season form as the Swiss rider again topped the timesheet. Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock GP), quickest on Monday as well, set a time of 1'42.158 in the afternoon session, leaving him almost four-tenths clear as the leading rider.

Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing Team), who was fastest at the midway stage of the second day, ended Tuesday second with a time of 1'42.548, and Marc Márquez (CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) was third at just 0.009s off the Italian. The Spaniard, who is continuing to improve rapidly despite having a shortened pre-season due to injury, walked away unhurt from a late crash at Turn 10.

Another rider to fall at the same spot late on was Scott Redding, and the Marc VDS Racing rider also escaped injury, closing the second day fourth fastest with a best lap of 1'42.638. Just 0.018s behind in the order was Pol Espargaró (Pons 40 HP Tuenti), fifth overall and the final rider within half-a-second of Lüthi's marker.

Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) were the final riders under 1'43" on Tuesday in sixth and seventh positions respectively, with Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing), Julián Simón (Avintia Racing Moto2) and Esteve Rabat (Pons 40 HP Tuenti) completing the top 10.

2010 World Champion Toni Elías (Mapfre Aspar) and Alex de Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) were the final two riders within a second of Lüthi, and Brit Gino Rea (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took a big step forward, posting a best time of 1'43.486 – the 14th fastest time of the day.

Moto2, 2012

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