Motegi Moto2 | Marquez Quickest on Friday

2012-motegi-moto2-marquez-quickest-on-friday (1)2012 Motegi Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez put in a terrific performance in the second Moto2 free practice at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi to set the fastest time of the Friday ahead of Bradley Smith and Scott Redding.

Marquez left it until the chequered flag came out to post a new track record with a 1.51’834, which put Tech 3 Racing’s Smith back to second, after the Brit had broken the record earlier in the session.

Smith spent much of practice on the rear wheel of Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró, benefiting from the slipstream down the straights – with top speed an area known to be a problem on the Brit’s Mistral 610 machine.

Hit was however a day of two halves, after crashing heavily in the morning session and sitting it out with concussion. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding consolidated his earlier form from the morning by once again putting in a good showing to complete the top three.

Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat, who had led the morning practice, did not improve on his time and finished fourth overall in front of Espargaró, who at times looked frustrated with Smith. He could not place his Kalex higher than fifth, yet managed to keep Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi at bay in sixth, with the Swiss rider improving drastically from the morning, where he suffered a low-side.

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol had a good day at the Japanese track and ended the sessions closely behind in seventh. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami, who had a crash in the morning, did well to recover and place his bike in eighth overall, with Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio completing the top ten.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone looked off-colour almost all day, and crashed early in the second practice, managing to head back out for the finale few minutes, while Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi suffered a similar situation shortly after. Espargaró’s teammate Axel Pons also fell towards the end of the afternoon session.

2012 Motegi Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.93Marc MARQUEZSPATeam Catalunya Caixa RepsolSuter262.31’51.834
2.38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3256.31’52.0210.187 / 0.187
3.45Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex258.11’52.1600.326 / 0.139
4.40Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex264.31’52.1860.352 / 0.026
5.12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter262.01’52.2050.371 / 0.019
6.80Esteve RABATSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex263.01’52.2470.413 / 0.042
7.18Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter262.71’52.2940.460 / 0.047
8.30Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex260.71’52.3440.510 / 0.050
9.60Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter259.41’52.4340.600 / 0.090
10.36Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex261.91’52.5680.734 / 0.134
11.5Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi261.81’52.5900.756 / 0.022
12.3Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR258.51’52.6420.808 / 0.052
13.77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter259.91’52.6680.834 / 0.026
14.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR259.11’52.7210.887 / 0.053
15.81Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter259.21’52.7340.900 / 0.013
16.95Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up259.91’52.8310.997 / 0.097
17.24Toni ELIASSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex261.21’52.9631.129 / 0.132
18.63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAKiefer RacingKalex258.11’52.9861.152 / 0.023
19.49Axel PONSSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex259.81’53.1491.315 / 0.163
20.15Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR259.01’53.1681.334 / 0.019
21.8Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter259.01’53.3821.548 / 0.214
22.88Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR253.51’53.3861.552 / 0.004
23.23Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGBimota255.01’53.6561.822 / 0.270
24.19Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3254.31’53.7161.882 / 0.060
25.29Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up258.61’53.7191.885 / 0.003
26.14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter258.61’53.7311.897 / 0.012
27.75Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNTechnomag-CIPSuter258.41’54.1392.305 / 0.408
28.22Alessandro ANDREOZZIITAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up256.31’54.5342.700 / 0.395
29.31Kohta NOZANEJPNSAG TeamFTR256.51’54.5732.739 / 0.039
30.82Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up256.01’55.2513.417 / 0.678
31.57Eric GRANADOBRAJIR Moto2Motobi252.61’55.3053.471 / 0.054
32.20Jesko RAFFINSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex258.91’56.1094.275 / 0.804