Jerez Moto2 Friday Practice: Rabat Tops Time Sheets

Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat at Jerez
Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat at Jerez
Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat at Jerez

2013 Jerez Moto2 Friday Practice Results

Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat took his Texas pace through to the first day of Moto2 Free Practice at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix as he topped the time sheets on day one in front of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding and Pons teammate Pol Espargaro.

Unlike in other classes, such as MotoGP which was led by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, the top three of the Moto2 class set their quickest times in the morning session, during which Espargaro managed to save a near crash.

Yet it was his teammate Rabat who starred again, as he made the most of the Dunlop tyres. Redding will hope he can carry his pace through to race day, whilst Espargaro commented that he is looking for significantly more grip.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami came strong in the afternoon as he put his bike fourth in the overall time sheets, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias – both Spaniards setting their quick times in the morning.

The following trio was led by Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, returning from injury, as the Swiss rider set the seventh quickest time in the afternoon, ahead of Technomag carXpert’s compatriot Dominique Aegerter and Aspar’s Nico Terol. Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon rounded out the top ten with a time set in the morning.

Tech 3 Racing’s Louis Rossi, JiR Moto2’s Mike Di Meglio, as well as TSR Motorsport’s wildcard Dani Rivas all suffered falls throughout the day.

The Moto2 grid will return to the Jerez Circuit Saturday for the final free practice ahead of qualifying.