Marc VDS Racing’s Redding Fastest on Day 1 of Le Mans Moto2
2013 Le Mans Moto2 Friday Results
Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding was the fastest Moto2 pilot on day one of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans.
The Brit saw off Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi by just under four tenths of a second, while Tuenti HP 40’s championship-leading Esteve Rabat suffered a fall in the Chemin aux Boeufs s-bends.
Already quickest as the morning session drew to a close on a stereotypically changeable day for weather, Redding reduced the leading time to 1:38.283 in the completely dry afternoon period. Behind Luthi and Simon, Qatar podium finisher Takaaki Nakagami and Dominique Aegerter were fourth and fifth for Italtrans and Technomag carXpert, correspondingly.
Luthi commented afterwards that he still has some concerns with his arm, as he is not sure how it will hold up over race distance.
Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol was sixth as the top ten was rounded out by Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Mattia Pasini, Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon and NGM’s Simone Corsi.
Britain’s Gino Rea was 20th while debuting the FTR bike of his privately-entered Gino Rea Race Team, while last year’s Moto3 race winner, Tech 3 Racing’s Louis Rossi, was one of several riders to suffer a fall in the morning session. During the afternoon, series leader Rabat crashed at Turn 9, which meant he ended proceedings in 14th place.