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After a slow start to FP2, times quickly fell as fan favourite Zarco led Friday from Tom Luthi and Jonas Folger.
By the time the Moto2™ World Championship were out on track for Free Practice 2 the clouds had gathered considerably. As the session began Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) was the man to beat after topping FP1.
As in the previous two sessions, the fastest times of the day came towards the end. Fastest of them all was Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport), the reigning Moto2™ World Champion sending the sizeable crowd into a frenzy as he ended Friday as the fastest rider. A 1’37.370 saw Zarco just edge out Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) by 0.065 as the top three were once again locked together.
Second was Luthi, the Swiss rider continuing his strong form at the French track. Le Mans is one of just two tracks where Luthi has won more than once, having crossed the line first a total of four times in France. Luthi is also the most recent Moto2™ winner, having won the 2015 French GP.
Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) set a 1’37.557 to end 0.187s off the top spot of the day. With his MotoGP™ future now secure, Folger already looks more relaxed on the bike and in the pits. The young German can now focus on challenging for the intermediate class title, focusing on consistently scoring points.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) was able to join the leading three in the 1’37s, able to improve his FP1 time by three tenths of a second. Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) held onto the top five thanks to his session topping time from FP1, he was one of only four riders unable to improve their time in the second session.
Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) was also unable to go faster, but ended Friday in sixth. Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) and Xavier Simeon (QMMF Racing Team) formed a competitive top ten.
Championship leader Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) had a frustrating day, made worse by a fall at Turn 7. He wraps up Friday down in 13th place.
Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) fell at Turn 9 late in the session but was unharmed in the fall.
At 10:55 Local Time on Saturday the seventh, the Moto2™ class will be back out for Free Practice 3.
Full times and results from the second Free Practice can be seen here.
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