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Luthi feeling at home in Le Mans

Luthi feeling at home in Le Mans

Several new names were able to mix up the established order in Moto2™ but it was again Luthi leading from Zarco and Folger.

Near perfect weather continued to bless the Le Mans circuit and riders in the Moto2™ World Championship for Free Practice 3. Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) would eventually go faster than Johann Zarco’s (Ajo Motorsport) time from FP2, the Swiss rider leading FP3 with a 1’37.358. With four wins to his name, Le Mans certainly brings out the best in Luthi.

0.030s behind Luthi, Zarco was unable to improve on his best time of the weekend but is proving that he can lap in the mid to low 1’37s with ease. The last French rider to win in Le Mans was Louis Rossi in 2012’s Moto3™ race, Zarco is looking to change that. Like those around him, Zarco and his team have focused on race pace throughout practice.

A fall at Turn 10 on an out lap couldn’t stop Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP), the German setting a 1’37.580 and remaining inside the top three. The crash cost he and his team some time, but all involved were already pleased with the progress made during Friday and are hopeful for Qualifying and the race.

Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) formed the top five, all within three tenths of Luthi’s lap.

Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) all set times in the 1’37s to end inside the top ten. Moto2™ sessions are often the tightest of all three championship, this fact once again holding true in Le Mans where the top 17 were separated by a second. Being only half a second slower than Luthi saw Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) outside the top ten.

Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) was forced to retire from the race weekend due to a right knee injury sustained in his Jerez crash.

Takaaki Nakagami crashed in the closing 20 minutes of the session at Turn 3, followed almost immediately by Danny Kent (Leopard Racing). Both were able to immediately get back up and bring their bikes in for repairs.

Luis Salom (SAG Team) was a last faller in Free Practice 3 at Turn 10.

Qualifying for the intermediate class beings at 15:05 Local Time, can Zarco claim a home pole?

Full times from Free Practice 3 can be viewed here.

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