Phillip Island Moto2: Espargaro Leads Friday

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2012 Phillip Island Moto2 Friday Practice Results

After a second Moto2 free practice session that was cut short by rain at the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró topped the day’s timesheets ahead of Scott Redding and Tom Lüthi.

Espargaró was instantly on the pace in the second session, not taking long to post his fastest time of 1.34’578, the fastest of the day, before ominous clouds arrived with 20 minutes left and dumped a hefty spot of rain on the circuit.

And with many riders still doing set-up work and not focussing on outright lap times until the end, this meant that Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding retained second spot in the combined timesheets, despite only finishing in eighth in FP2. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio finished behind the Brit, also thanks to their times from the morning.

QMMF Racing’s Anthony West, fresh from his first-ever podium in Moto2 in Malaysia last weekend, ended the day in fifth, despite setting the third quickest time of the afternoon, ousting Kiefer Racing’s Mike Di Meglio into sixth.

Seventh spot went to potential championship winner this weekend, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez, with the Spaniard’s team fortunate to have resolved an electrical issue, which stopped him from setting a time in the morning. Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, who despite not looking like his usual self, set the eighth quickest time of the day with a quick run in the afternoon, with GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher making a welcome return from injury in ninth.

Completing the top 10 was last race winner Alex de Angelis on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing machine, after the San Marino rider improved marginally in the afternoon. Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon suffered engine problems early on in the second session, while Arguiñano Racing Team’s Ricky Cardús crashed in both sessions, fortunately walking away unscathed. Following the rain, some riders went out on track to check conditions with wet tyres, yet no hot-laps were set, with not much data to be gathered.

2012 Phillip Island Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
140Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex280.61’34.578
212Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter280.81’35.5070.929 / 0.929
395Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up280.71’35.5530.975 / 0.046
493Marc MARQUEZSPATeam Catalunya Caixa RepsolSuter282.61’35.7031.125 / 0.150
529Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up279.81’35.7691.191 / 0.066
64Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex282.71’35.7701.192 / 0.001
715Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR279.31’35.8331.255 / 0.063
845Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex277.11’35.8621.284 / 0.029
930Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex280.11’35.9631.385 / 0.101
105Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi279.11’35.9861.408 / 0.023
1160Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter278.11’36.0511.473 / 0.065
1219Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3271.71’36.0891.511 / 0.038
1377Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter278.21’36.1771.599 / 0.088
143Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR280.61’36.3491.771 / 0.172
1538Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3277.01’36.4981.920 / 0.149
1680Esteve RABATSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex279.81’36.5852.007 / 0.087
1736Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex283.51’36.6002.022 / 0.015
1863Mike DI MEGLIOFRAKiefer RacingKalex277.61’36.7902.212 / 0.190
198Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter276.31’36.8842.306 / 0.094
2024Toni ELIASSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex283.41’37.0872.509 / 0.203
2188Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR273.61’37.1002.522 / 0.013
2214Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter276.21’37.2282.650 / 0.128
2349Axel PONSSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex274.01’37.2312.653 / 0.003
2423Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGBimota272.01’37.2832.705 / 0.052
2581Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter277.11’37.6283.050 / 0.345
2672Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR276.61’38.1123.534 / 0.484
2718Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter280.31’38.1573.579 / 0.045
2810Marco COLANDREASWISAG TeamFTR274.41’38.7674.189 / 0.610
2922Alessandro ANDREOZZIITAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up277.41’38.7734.195 / 0.006
3075Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNTechnomag-CIPSuter278.81’39.7065.128 / 0.933
3182Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up275.71’40.8116.233 / 1.105
57Eric GRANADOBRAJIR Moto2Motobi268.21’41.4286.850 / 0.617