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Nakagami still on top as rain hits Losail

Nakagami still on top as rain hits Losail

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami again set the pace as the final Moto2™ practice session took place in Qatar on Friday. Setup comparisons were all but impossible as sporadic rain showers continued to break up the action.

Having already topped the timesheets 24 hours earlier, Nakagami this time led the way with a best lap of 2’01.480. This was to the frustration of Pol Espargaró, a general title favourite who has been unable to retake the top spot he sealed in opening practice on Thursday; the Tuenti HP 40 rider ends the night within a tenth of the quickest time, as he and teammate Esteve Rabat sandwich Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding.

The third and final Moto2 practice period of the race weekend was hoped to be one in which bike settings could be improved, although no direct comparisons could be made due to the changeable conditions. Various showers came over the course of the 45 minutes, leaving some greasy patches. Those who briefly headed off-track included Espargaró, who took a trip through the gravel with two minutes to go.

NGM Mobile Racing’s Simone Corsi ended the evening in fifth spot from Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco and Julián Simón, whose Italtrans machine was wheeled back down the pit lane as he was sent out too late at the end of the session; thankfully for the Spaniard, he noticed the red light in time and therefore avoids a penalty. The top ten was rounded out by NGM’s Alex de Angelis, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Nico Terol and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter.

With practice now complete, Moto2™ Qualifying for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar begins at 6:55pm local time (GMT +3) on Saturday.


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