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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 262.3 1’51.834
2. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 256.3 1’52.021 0.187 / 0.187
3. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 258.1 1’52.160 0.326 / 0.139
4. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 264.3 1’52.186 0.352 / 0.026
5. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 262.0 1’52.205 0.371 / 0.019
6. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 263.0 1’52.247 0.413 / 0.042
7. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 262.7 1’52.294 0.460 / 0.047
8. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 260.7 1’52.344 0.510 / 0.050
9. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 259.4 1’52.434 0.600 / 0.090
10. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 261.9 1’52.568 0.734 / 0.134
11. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 261.8 1’52.590 0.756 / 0.022
12. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 258.5 1’52.642 0.808 / 0.052
13. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 259.9 1’52.668 0.834 / 0.026
14. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 259.1 1’52.721 0.887 / 0.053
15. 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 259.2 1’52.734 0.900 / 0.013
16. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 259.9 1’52.831 0.997 / 0.097
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 261.2 1’52.963 1.129 / 0.132
18. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 258.1 1’52.986 1.152 / 0.023
19. 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 259.8 1’53.149 1.315 / 0.163
20. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 259.0 1’53.168 1.334 / 0.019
21. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 259.0 1’53.382 1.548 / 0.214
22. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 253.5 1’53.386 1.552 / 0.004
23. 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 255.0 1’53.656 1.822 / 0.270
24. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 254.3 1’53.716 1.882 / 0.060
25. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 258.6 1’53.719 1.885 / 0.003
26. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 258.6 1’53.731 1.897 / 0.012
27. 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 258.4 1’54.139 2.305 / 0.408
28. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 256.3 1’54.534 2.700 / 0.395
29. 31 Kohta NOZANE JPN SAG Team FTR 256.5 1’54.573 2.739 / 0.039
30. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 256.0 1’55.251 3.417 / 0.678
31. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.6 1’55.305 3.471 / 0.054
32. 20 Jesko RAFFIN SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 258.9 1’56.109 4.275 / 0.804