2013 Catalunya Moto2 | Espargaro Tops Friday Practice

Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro

2013 Catalunya Moto2 Friday Practice Results

Pol Espargaro put his name atop the classification on the first day of Moto2 practice in Montmelo for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya on Friday.

A favorite with the locals, the Tuenti HP 40 rider led Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis as increasing heat left onlookers looking for shade.

Friday brought a sweltering start to the sixth race weekend of the season, with the top three riders unable to improve their lap times in the afternoon.

Although Espargaro topped both sessions, it was his morning lap time of 1:46.985 that was the benchmark that saw off Luthi by one and three quarter tenths of a second. Behind De Angelis, Marc VDS Racing Team’s championship leader Scott Redding was fourth quickest.

Takaaki Nakagami completed the top five for Italtrans Racing Team, with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres sixth ahead of Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter in eighth. Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat posted the ninth fastest time of the day, with Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio completing the top ten with a time set in the morning session.

QMMF Racing’s Ant West suffered a small crash at Turn 5 in the morning, whilst a further two crashes came in the afternoon as his teammate Rafid Topan Sucipto and Blusens Avintia’s Kyle Smith suffered incidents.

Some of the riders spoke afterwards about high tire wear in the hot temperatures, although this may not affect the race, which is run much closer to mid-day than the preceding FP and QP sessions.

2013 Catalunya Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:

140Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex278.91’47.235
245Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex270.41’47.5380.303 / 0.303
330Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex276.61’47.6420.407 / 0.104
481Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter280.01’47.6760.441 / 0.034
512Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2 RacingSuter281.11’47.6780.443 / 0.002
65Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter275.31’47.7210.486 / 0.043
777Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter277.21’47.7290.494 / 0.008
880Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex273.01’47.7690.534 / 0.040
915Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up279.21’48.1130.878 / 0.344
103Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up276.91’48.1530.918 / 0.040
1111Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex276.21’48.2210.986 / 0.068
1218Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter278.11’48.2361.001 / 0.015
1319Xavier SIMEONBELDesguaces La Torre MaptaqKalex280.81’48.2501.015 / 0.014
1423Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGKalex279.41’48.2991.064 / 0.049
1560Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex279.71’48.3431.108 / 0.044
1654Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up281.11’48.3581.123 / 0.015
1724Toni ELIASSPABlusens AvintiaKalex277.21’48.3681.133 / 0.010
1836Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex278.31’48.5741.339 / 0.206
1949Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex280.41’48.7081.473 / 0.134
2063Mike DI MEGLIOFRAJiR Moto2Motobi273.91’48.7711.536 / 0.063
2152Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3275.21’48.7981.563 / 0.027
2272Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki266.71’48.7991.564 / 0.001
2395Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up276.21’48.8281.593 / 0.029
2496Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3274.61’48.8711.636 / 0.043
254Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter279.81’48.9781.743 / 0.107
269Kyle SMITHGBRBlusens AvintiaKalex273.61’49.0261.791 / 0.048
2714Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter279.71’49.0311.796 / 0.005
2888Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up276.71’49.0401.805 / 0.009
2917Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up279.71’49.2031.968 / 0.163
3044Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up276.01’49.2081.973 / 0.005
3155Hafizh SYAHRINMALPetronas Raceline MalaysiaKalex280.41’49.2341.999 / 0.026
3227Dani RIVASSPATSR MotorsportsKalex267.11’49.2602.025 / 0.026
337Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter276.01’49.4802.245 / 0.220
3497Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up274.01’52.5265.291 / 3.046