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Zarco and Cortese lead the way in Moto2™ practice

Zarco and Cortese lead the way in Moto2™ practice

Johann Zarco and Sandro Cortese were fastest in FP1 & FP2 respectively after the first day of Free Practice in Barcelona.

Ajo Motorsport’s Moto2 World Championship leader Johann Zarco ended the first day of practice on top of the combined timesheets at the Gram Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. The French rider set the fastest time of the day in cooler conditions this morning with a 1’47.144, as he looks to extend his 31-point lead over reigning Champion Tito Rabat at the Montmelo track.

Cortese finished second on the combined timesheets after the German topped FP2 with a 1’46.941 (+0.186s).

Only three of the top 10 were able to improve their pace in significantly warmer conditions this afternoon and most riders lost crucial time through the technical final sector in the second session.
Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes (+0.248s) crashed in both sessions. He was unhurt after a fall at turn 5 this morning and the Briton fell again at turn 10 in FP2 before bouncing back to end the day third fastest.

AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (+0.249s) was fourth fastest despite suffering a gearshifter malfunction in FP2, with reigning Moto2™ World Champion Rabat (+0.255s) taking fifth as he tried to improve a front-end chatter issue.

Folger’s teammate Axel Pons (+0.289s) was sixth fastest on the combined timesheets, with Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten), Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten), and Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP40) completing the top ten.

Less than a second separated the top 20 riders, with Ratthapark Wilairot ending the day in 27th on his return to Moto2™ as replacement rider for Zaqwhan Zaidi in the JPMoto Malaysia squad.

Check out the combined times from Moto2™ Friday’s Free Practice sessions, FP3 is at 10:55am local time on Saturday in Barcelona.

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