Austin Moto2: Redding Shoots to the Top of Friday Practice

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 269.5 2’12.481
2 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex 273.3 2’12.864 0.383 / 0.383
3 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Came Iodaracing Project Suter 271.2 2’12.906 0.425 / 0.042
4 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 273.0 2’12.925 0.444 / 0.019
5 3 Simone CORSI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 273.4 2’13.093 0.612 / 0.168
6 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 276.2 2’13.140 0.659 / 0.047
7 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 278.7 2’13.159 0.678 / 0.019
8 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Jir Moto2 Motobi 274.2 2’13.271 0.790 / 0.112
9 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 275.6 2’13.288 0.807 / 0.017
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 270.8 2’13.292 0.811 / 0.004
11 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 276.1 2’13.520 1.039 / 0.228
12 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 273.2 2’13.824 1.343 / 0.304
13 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 271.7 2’13.999 1.518 / 0.175
14 60 Julian SIMON SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 274.1 2’14.142 1.661 / 0.143
15 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Blusens Avintia Kalex 269.7 2’14.212 1.731 / 0.070
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 276.9 2’14.366 1.885 / 0.154
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Kalex 273.0 2’14.708 2.227 / 0.342
18 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 276.7 2’14.762 2.281 / 0.054
19 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 278.9 2’14.891 2.410 / 0.129
20 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 271.0 2’15.002 2.521 / 0.111
21 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 275.0 2’15.161 2.680 / 0.159
22 9 Kyle SMITH GBR Blusens Avintia Kalex 279.2 2’15.192 2.711 / 0.031
23 17 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 273.3 2’15.648 3.167 / 0.456
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 273.4 2’15.687 3.206 / 0.039
25 52 Danny KENT GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 270.3 2’16.047 3.566 / 0.360
26 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Tech 3 Tech 3 273.2 2’16.215 3.734 / 0.168
27 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Suter 271.9 2’16.626 4.145 / 0.411
28 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 271.2 2’16.725 4.244 / 0.099
29 44 Steven ODENDAAL RSA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 270.6 2’16.917 4.436 / 0.192
30 7 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 270.0 2’17.227 4.746 / 0.310
31 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Moriwaki 267.4 2’17.692 5.211 / 0.465
32 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO INA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 267.2 2’18.182 5.701 / 0.490

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