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Record-breaking Rabat rules opening day in Moto2™

Record-breaking Rabat rules opening day in Moto2™

Tito Rabat set the fastest ever Moto2™ lap at MotorLand Aragon to end Friday on top of the combined timesheets.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat set a 1’53.164 in glorious sunshine at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón to finally beat Marc Marquez’s lap record (1’53.296) which had stood since 2011. The Spaniard was on blistering form in the afternoon and ended the session 0.135s ahead of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami on a day that saw less than a second separate the top 17 riders.

Nakagami improved by over two seconds from FP1 in the warmer conditions of the afternoon to end the day second overall. Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins completed the provisional front row as he found himself 0.188s off the pace of Rabat.

Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi (+0.208s) ended the day in fourth overall ahead of Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes (+0.377s). Lowes had earlier topped FP1 but struggled to improve as the mercury rose in the afternoon.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Luis Salom (+0.449s) was sixth fastest ahead of the championship leader Johann Zarco on the Ajo Motorsport Kalex. Zarco found himself 0.611s off the pace of Rabat as he decided to spend FP2 working on his race setup on used tyres. The Frenchman has a chance to lift the Moto2™ title come Sunday if results go his way in what will be the 100th Moto2™ race since the class began.

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Julian Simon (QMMF Racing) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten.

Mika Kallio completed his debut for the QMMF Racing Team in 13th overall just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri (14th) who announced on Friday that he had re-signed with his Forward Racing team for 2016. His replacement in the Italtrans Racing Team, Edgar Pons, was in 18th ahead of Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge (20th) who also announced he had secured a new deal with his team for next season.

There were crashes for Randy Krummenacher and Xavier Simeon but both riders were unhurt and ended the day in 23rd and 24th place respectively.

Check out the combined Moto2™ FP1 & FP2 results; FP3 kicks off at 10:55am local time on Saturday in Misano.

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