Espargaro Sets Moto2 Pace at Assen Thursday

Pol Espargaro at Assen Moto2 Thursday

Pol Espargaro at Assen Moto2 Thursday

2013 Assen Moto2 Thursday Practice Results

Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro set the pace in the first day of Moto2 practice at the Iveco TT Assen ahead of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter.

Espargaro’s best effort at the Dutch TT came in the form of 1:38.988 in the morning session, which is when all the top-10 times were set, as the afternoon was affected by rain.

Redding was just over a tenth of a second down, finishing ahead of Aegerter, who continues to be a consistently quick performer on his Kalex.

Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco did well to put his Suter in fourth place, with Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon rediscovering some form in fifth just behind.

Rounding out the top ten behind them were Marc VDS’ Mika Kallio, Pons’ Esteve Rabat, QMMF Racing’s Anthony West, Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami, as well as Aegerter’s teammate Randy Krummenacher.

In the wet conditions in the afternoon it was NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Mattia Pasini, Kallio and Zarco that led the way. Caught out by either the greasy surface or slippery white lines in the afternoon, crashes came for eight riders including 2010 class champion Toni Elias on his Blusens Avintia machine.

Staying out of trouble was wildcard Gino Rea, as the Englishman makes his second wildcard appearance of the season with his privately entered outfit.

2013 Assen Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:

1 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 248.9 1’47.835
2 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 246.8 1’48.581 0.746 / 0.746
3 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Came Iodaracing Project Suter 246.9 1’48.759 0.924 / 0.178
4 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 246.9 1’49.051 1.216 / 0.292
5 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 246.2 1’49.123 1.288 / 0.072
6 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA JiR Moto2 Motobi 245.1 1’49.418 1.583 / 0.295
7 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 244.5 1’49.616 1.781 / 0.198
8 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 250.8 1’49.908 2.073 / 0.292
9 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Blusens Avintia Kalex 247.2 1’50.127 2.292 / 0.219
10 17 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 244.7 1’50.226 2.391 / 0.099
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 244.6 1’50.363 2.528 / 0.137
12 60 Julian SIMON SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 247.8 1’50.781 2.946 / 0.418
13 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing Suter 251.1 1’50.859 3.024 / 0.078
14 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex 246.5 1’50.980 3.145 / 0.121
15 9 Kyle SMITH GBR Blusens Avintia Kalex 248.9 1’51.265 3.430 / 0.285
16 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 248.1 1’51.360 3.525 / 0.095
17 44 Steven ODENDAAL RSA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 246.6 1’51.440 3.605 / 0.080
18 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 249.4 1’51.628 3.793 / 0.188
19 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 247.7 1’51.666 3.831 / 0.038
20 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 246.5 1’51.683 3.848 / 0.017
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 252.9 1’51.844 4.009 / 0.161
22 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Moriwaki 244.3 1’52.104 4.269 / 0.260
23 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Kalex 245.6 1’52.168 4.333 / 0.064
24 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 245.9 1’52.313 4.478 / 0.145
25 8 Gino REA GBR Gino Rea Race Team FTR 242.6 1’52.636 4.801 / 0.323
26 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 248.2 1’52.815 4.980 / 0.179
27 3 Simone CORSI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 246.1 1’52.883 5.048 / 0.068
28 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 246.9 1’53.791 5.956 / 0.908
29 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 245.5 1’53.867 6.032 / 0.076
30 7 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 242.3 1’53.940 6.105 / 0.073
31 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO INA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 243.1 1’53.963 6.128 / 0.023
32 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Tech 3 Tech 3 245.6 1’55.282 7.447 / 1.319
52 Danny KENT GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 245.1 1’56.290 8.455 / 1.008

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