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Márquez fastest in second free practice in Motegi

Márquez fastest in second free practice in Motegi

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez put in a terrific performance in the second Moto2™ free practice at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi to go fastest ahead of Bradley Smith and Scott Redding.

Márquez left it until the chequered flag came out to post a new track record with a 1.51’834, which put Tech 3 Racing’s Smith back to second, after the Brit had broken the record earlier in the session. Smith spent much of practice on the rear wheel of Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró, benefiting from the slipstream down the straights – with top speed an area known to be a problem on the Brit’s Mistral 610 machine. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding consolidated his earlier form from the morning by once again putting in a good showing to complete the top three.

Espargaró, who at times looked frustrated with Smith, could not place his Kalex higher than fourth, yet managed to keep Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi at bay in fifth, with the Swiss rider improving drastically from the morning. Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat, who had led the morning practice, was once again on the pace, with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol closely behind in seventh. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami, who had a crash in the morning, did well to recover and place his bike in eighth, with Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio completing the top ten.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone looked off-colour almost all day, and crashed early in the second practice, managing to head back out for the finale few minutes, while Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi suffered a similar situation shortly after. Espargaró’s teammate Axel Pons also fell towards the end of the session.


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