France’s Johann Zarco was quickest Friday afternoon during the second Moto2 Free Practice at Silverstone in the UK. The Came IodaRacing Project rider set the leading pace from Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami and Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi, with championship leader Scott Redding fifth.
Bringing the day’s best lap time down to 2:08.209, Zarco was just 0.031 of a second quicker than Nakagami, with Luthi a further 0.1 of a second back.
Tuenti HP 40 pairing Tito Rabat and title contender Pol Espargaro were fourth and sixth, sandwiching local favorite Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) into fifth place.
There was trouble for Redding’s teammate and Brno winner Mika Kallio, however, as the Finn made a mistake into Village corner and slid into QMMF Racing Team’s Rafid Topan Sucipto; both riders went down but were equally both able to walk away.
This marked Sucipto’s second incident of the day, as in Free Practice 1 he had collided with Tech3’s Louis Rossi and Technomag carXpert’s Randy Krummenacher in a three-way collision at Vale. Australian debutant Jason O’Halloran was 26th quickest for JiR Moto2, covering for Mike di Meglio who was injured last weekend.
The Moto2 grid will return to the Silverstone circuit Saturday for the remaining free practices ahead of qualifying.