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Zarco leads the way in Moto2™ FP1

Zarco leads the way in Moto2™ FP1

Johann Zarco comes out on top after an excellent duel with local hero Sam Lowes in Friday’s Free Practice 1.

It was Johann Zarco who ended Free Practice 1 on top as the Moto2™ paddock enjoyed the best conditions of the morning at Silverstone with track temperatures rising to 25˚C. The Moto2™ championship leader set a 2’08.461 on his last lap to beat Speed Up Racing’s Lowes into second by just 0.016s. The two riders swapped places numerous times at the head of the timesheets in the last few minutes of the session before Zarco managed to claim top spot.

AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (+0.459s) completed the provisional front row in third but was some way off the pace of the leading two. Tito Rabat (+0.471) on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex was fourth fastest ahead of Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassari (+0.530s) and Paginas Amarillas HP40's Alex Rins (+0.532s).

Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese was seventh fastest, with Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) completing the top ten.

Local wildcard Bradley Ray on the FAB-Racing FTR ended the session in 27th in a close session that saw less than a second separate the top 13 riders. Louis Rossi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) became the first man to crash across all classes over the course of the weekend as he went down at Turn 13, but was unhurt.

Federico Caricasulo is filling in for the injured Franco Morbidelli (broke his right leg in training after the Czech GP) on the Italtrans Racing Team Kalex and finished down in 29th.

Check out the full Moto2™ FP1 results, FP2 starts at 15:05 local time.

Moto2, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP1, Jonas Folger, Sam Lowes, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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