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Last gasp Rins snatches top spot in Moto2™

Last gasp Rins snatches top spot in Moto2™

Alex Rins left it until the last lap of the day to top the combined timesheets ahead of Sam Lowes and Lorenzo Baldassarri at Phillip Island.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Rins dramatically snatched top spot from Speed Up Racing’s Lowes in the dying seconds of Friday’s practice at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Rain had earlier affected an FP1 in which Lowes went quickest, but by the afternoon the sun was shining and track temperatures had reached 36˚C meaning riders dramatically improved their times.

Rins managed a 1’33.106 on his 23rd lap of FP2 to finish just 0.046s ahead of second placed Lowes, who had dominated proceedings throughout most of the day. The Brit had shown great pace, but was left frustrated after a mix up with his team led to him not being able to go out with a fresh tyre at the end of FP2 and having to watch Rins pip him to the post.

Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri (+0.199s) was third in a close session that saw less than two-tenths of a second separate the provisional front row, and less than a second the top 17 riders. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (+0.265s) was fourth ahead of Jonas Folger (+0.312s) on the AGR Team Kalex.

Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese (+0.405s) followed up his first podium of the season at Motegi by finishing in sixth overall, with Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten), Mika Kallio (QMMF Racing Team), newly crowned Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) completing the top ten.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat (27th) was already riding with a broken radius in his left arm before crashing at turn 11 in FP2. Rabat was taken to the Medical Centre and while there was no further injury, his team will make a decision on whether he will ride on Saturday morning.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Franco Morbidelli was in 19th on his return from injury while Australian Josh Hook, filling in for the injured Dominique Aegerter in the Technomag Racing Interwetten Team, ended the day in 25th.

Check out the combined Moto2™ FP1 & FP2 times; FP3 kicks off at 11:55 local time on Sunday in Phillip Island.

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