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Rabat on top in tight Moto2™ FP3

Rabat on top in tight Moto2™ FP3

Tito Rabat wins a shootout with Johann Zarco to end FP3 on top with Alex Rins in third, as just 0.089s separates the provisional front row.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat set a new Moto2™ record round the Misano World Circuit Simoncelli as both he and Zarco enjoyed a great battle at the top of the timesheets. Zarco led for most of the session but Rabat responded with 2 minutes to go to set a 1’37.246, the fastest ever lap by a Moto2™ bike at the circuit.

Ajo Motorsport’s Zarco was just 0.076s behind the reigning Moto2™ champion as he showed no ill-effects from his FP2 crash on Friday while Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Rins (+0.089s) completed the provisional front row as less than a second separated the top 15 riders.

Petronas Raceline Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin (+0.413s) put in an impressive performance to end the session fourth fastest ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (+0.434s) on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex and Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+0.519s) in sixth.

Lorenzo Baldassari (Forward Racing) recovered from a crash at Turn 9 to finish in seventh, with Jonas Folger (AGR Team), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) and Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing the top ten.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes found himself down in 12th after some technical issues and a crash late on at turn 10. Axel Pons (AGR Team) crashed twice during the session but still managed to set the 15th fastest time while Luis Rossi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) went down at turn 2 while trying to follow Rabat.

Wildcards Xavi Vierge (Tech 3) and Luca Marini (Pons Junior Racing Team) completed the session in 28th and 29th respectively.

Check out the full results from Moto2™ FP3; Qualifying kicks off at 15:05 local time in Misano.

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