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Rabat sets blistering pace in Moto2™

Rabat sets blistering pace in Moto2™

Tito Rabat set the fastest ever lap by a Moto2™ bike at Misano to top Friday’s practice ahead of Dominique Aegerter and Lorenzo Baldassarri.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat smashed Pol Espargaro’s 2013 Pole Record (1’37.666) by setting a 1’37.457 in FP2 to end Friday on top of the combined timesheets at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. The reigning Moto2™ World Champion set a consistently quick pace in the afternoon, putting in lap after lap under the old record to send out a signal to his rivals. He finished 0.158s ahead of Technomag Racing Interwetten’s Aegerter.

Aegerter - like most riders - improved in the warmer conditions of the afternoon to secure second overall. Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri (+0.159s) was just one-thousandth of a second further back in third on a day that saw less than a second separate the top 17.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes (+0.173s) recovered from a crash at turn 10 in FP1 to end the day fourth fastest ahead of Paginas Amarillas HP40’s rookie Alex Rins (+0.304s) in fifth.

Forward Racing Simone Corsi (+0.353s) had earlier topped FP1 but had to settle for sixth as he could only improve his time by 0.1s in the afternoon. Moto2™ championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) crashed out of FP2 at turn 3 after setting a time good enough for seventh.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) and Jonas Folger (AGR Team) completed the top ten.

Wildcards Xavi Vierge (Tech 3) and Valentino Rossi’s half-brother Luca Marini (Pons Racing Junior Team) finished the day in 23rd and 28th respectively.

Check out the combined Moto2™ FP1 & FP2 results; FP3 starts at 10:55 local time on Friday.

Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, FP2, Tito Rabat, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Dominique Aegerter, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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