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First Moto2™ practice topped by Zarco

First Moto2™ practice topped by Zarco

Zarco leads Free Practice 1 from Corsi and Lowes as the Mugello circuit continues to dry out; personal bests coming right till the end.

After a morning of dark clouds, the sun finally began to shine through as the Moto2™ World Championship began their first session of the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM. With the sun slowly warming the track, most of the field chose to sit out the opening part of the session to ensure the track was suitable for slicks.

A number of riders took their turn at the top of the time sheets but it was Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) who spent most of the session at the top. While Lowes led, Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) and Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had their own personal duel, swapping fastest times.

Reigning Moto2™ World Championship Johann Zarco would eventually come out on top, setting a 1’53.592 to end the first session as the fastest rider. Zarco arrives in Mugello looking to put his championship challenge back on track after a rough weekend at home in France.

Corsi, running a splendid pink livery on his Speed Up, finished 0.153s back on Zarco. In 2008 Corsi won the 125cc race in Mugello, his weekend off to a start which could see him repeat victory if the stars align. Corsi wouldn't be the first Italian rider in pink to win the intermediate class race in Mugello, Mattia Pasini winning the 2009 250cc race with a similar livery.

Despite setting his personal best lap on his final circulation of the session, Lowes would eventually finish Free Practice 1 in third and over half a second behind Zarco. As ever Lowes’ incredible style whipped the Italian fans into a frenzy, able to get his bike completely sideways even in the mixed conditions.

Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) both ended inside the top five. Like Zarco, Folger is out to score a strong result after failing to finish in France.

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team), Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), Xavier Simeon (QMMF Racing Team), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) rounded out the top ten. 1.138s split them as the intermediate class remained as tight as ever.

Moto2™ will be back between the Tuscan hills at 15:05 Local Time for Free Practice 2.

Results and times can be viewed here.

Moto2, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, FP1, Simone Corsi, Johann Zarco, Sam Lowes, Ajo Motorsport, Speed Up Racing, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

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