Austin Moto2: Redding Shoots to the Top of Friday Practice

Mark VDS Racing's Scott Redding
Mark VDS Racing's Scott Redding
Mark VDS Racing’s Scott Redding

2013 Austin Moto2 Friday Practice Results from Circuit of the Americas

After a low-key start to the day, finishing 23rd in first practice, Scott Redding shot to the top of the Moto2 classification at the end of day one at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

The Marc VDS Racing Team rider set the pace at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Siméon and Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco.

Lapping almost three seconds quicker than the leading lap time of the morning period, and helped by the fact that the track had been cleaned up further by the preceding Moto3 and MotoGP sessions, Redding reduced the pace to 2’12.481.

Second-placed Siméon was three quarters of a second slower, but just 42 thousandths up on Zarco. This left morning pace-setter Terol fourth for the Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, with NGM Mobile Racing’s Simone Corsi inside the top five. Second Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio was next up, demoting championship leader and Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro to seventh place.

Mike di Meglio had suffered a frustrating opening race of the year in Qatar a fortnight ago – including a problem on the grid and subsequent collision with Mattia Pasini – but today showed more promising speed by cementing eighth spot. However more misfortune was to come for his JiR Moto2 squad, as the Frenchman lost control and fell in the closing stages on the afternoon session.

The top 10 was completed by Tuenti’s Esteve Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter. An early collision saw Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrötter tag the rear of Rabat, who had been forced to slow dramatically in order to avoid the touring Blusens Avintia bike of Toni Elías; both Rabat and Schrötter found themselves on the ground, but were able to re-join the action.

2013 Austin Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results (Circuit of the Americas):

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
145Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex269.52’12.481
219Xavier SIMEONBELDesguaces La Torre MaptaqKalex273.32’12.8640.383 / 0.383
35Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter271.22’12.9060.425 / 0.042
418Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter273.02’12.9250.444 / 0.019
53Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up273.42’13.0930.612 / 0.168
636Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex276.22’13.1400.659 / 0.047
740Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex278.72’13.1590.678 / 0.019
863Mike DI MEGLIOFRAJir Moto2Motobi274.22’13.2710.790 / 0.112
980Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex275.62’13.2880.807 / 0.017
1077Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter270.82’13.2920.811 / 0.004
1154Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up276.12’13.5201.039 / 0.228
1295Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up273.22’13.8241.343 / 0.304
1381Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter271.72’13.9991.518 / 0.175
1460Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex274.12’14.1421.661 / 0.143
1524Toni ELIASSPABlusens AvintiaKalex269.72’14.2121.731 / 0.070
1630Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex276.92’14.3661.885 / 0.154
1723Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGKalex273.02’14.7082.227 / 0.342
184Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter276.72’14.7622.281 / 0.054
1915Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up278.92’14.8912.410 / 0.129
2049Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex271.02’15.0022.521 / 0.111
2111Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex275.02’15.1612.680 / 0.159
229Kyle SMITHGBRBlusens AvintiaKalex279.22’15.1922.711 / 0.031
2317Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up273.32’15.6483.167 / 0.456
2414Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter273.42’15.6873.206 / 0.039
2552Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3270.32’16.0473.566 / 0.360
2696Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3273.22’16.2153.734 / 0.168
2712Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten PaddockSuter271.92’16.6264.145 / 0.411
2888Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up271.22’16.7254.244 / 0.099
2944Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up270.62’16.9174.436 / 0.192
307Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter270.02’17.2274.746 / 0.310
3172Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki267.42’17.6925.211 / 0.465
3297Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up267.22’18.1825.701 / 0.490