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Rabat calls the shots in Le Mans

Rabat calls the shots in Le Mans

The defending champion of the Moto2™ class dominates the first two sessions of free practice at Le Mans.

The first day of testing at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans was very positive for the Moto2™ World Champion. Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Estrella Galicia 0'0) led both sessions and set the pace in FP2 with a 1’37.625 lap.

After a difficult start to the season in his Spanish title defence, he wasted no time from the first session of the day, setting a consistent rhythm which - if it continues - could see him take his first victory of the year on Sunday.

Behind Rabat, Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Intewetten Racing) was second in both sessions. Luthi likes Le Mans - with two victories in 125cc victory and a third in Moto2. If there is a circuit in which Luthi can expect to try for victory, we are certainly there this weekend.

Fourth and fifth in the combined classification are Zarco & Lowes.

Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) arrives as championship leader to his home race in Le Mans. Finishing third in FP1 and fourth in FP2, the Frenchman is sticking to his plan of just going as fast as he can and taking his shot on race day.

Sam Lowes (Speed ​​Up Racing) will be hoping to make up for his disappointing race two weeks ago at the Spanish GP, which he left without points. With a new title sponsor for the French round, the Brit will be gunning for redemption on Sunday & a result that keeps him in the title fight.

Rookie Alex Rins (Páginas Amarillas HP 40) came in 6th. After his result at Jerez, where he lost it in the final corner when trying desperately for second place, the Spaniard will want to do better and so far so good, especially since before today he had never ridden anything bigger than a single-cylinder 250 at Le Mans.

Behind Rins, veteran Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) finished in seventh place, ahead of Jonas Folger (Team AGR). Folger’s teammate Axel Pons (AGR Team) was the victim of a spectacular crash, but fortunately he seems to have emerged unscathed.

Click here to view the full combined results.

Moto2, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP2, Thomas Luthi, Tito Rabat, Luis Salom, EG 0,0 Marc VDS, Paginas Amarillas HP 40, Derendinger Racing Interwetten

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