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Redding sets the pace in Catalunya final free practice

Redding sets the pace in Catalunya final free practice

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding set the pace in the final Moto2™ free practice session of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró.

In very warm conditions Redding set the fastest time of 1.46’750 ahead of local rider Espargaró, who was just under three tenths behind. While the front two have been consistently quick all weekend, surprise inclusion in third was GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher, who was on very good form in the morning session.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone recorded the fourth fastest time exactly half a second behind Redding, in front of yesterday’s pace setter Tom Lüthi on-board his Interwetten-Paddock machine. Lüthi was the only rider in the top ten not to improve his time from yesterday, yet still leads the combined timesheets. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter made use of the warm conditions to place his bike in sixth, ahead of Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, who has been unable to match the Brit’s pace all weekend.

Eighth spot is occupied NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, ahead of Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez, who has been struggling with bike set-up since practice began yesterday. The top ten is completed by Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, who was squeezing the most out of his FTR machine.

Espargaró’s teammate Axel Pons was an early crasher in the session, while Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón also gave the crowd a scare by throwing his bike into the gravel with 17 minutes left. Both riders walked away unscathed.


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