Espargaro Sets Moto2 Pace at Assen Thursday

Pol Espargaro at Assen Moto2 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:

154Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up248.91’47.835
236Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex246.81’48.5810.746 / 0.746
35Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter246.91’48.7590.924 / 0.178
488Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up246.91’49.0511.216 / 0.292
54Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter246.21’49.1231.288 / 0.072
663Mike DI MEGLIOFRAJiR Moto2Motobi245.11’49.4181.583 / 0.295
745Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex244.51’49.6161.781 / 0.198
895Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up250.81’49.9082.073 / 0.292
924Toni ELIASSPABlusens AvintiaKalex247.21’50.1272.292 / 0.219
1017Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up244.71’50.2262.391 / 0.099
1177Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter244.61’50.3632.528 / 0.137
1260Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex247.81’50.7812.946 / 0.418
1312Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2 RacingSuter251.11’50.8593.024 / 0.078
1419Xavier SIMEONBELDesguaces La Torre MaptaqKalex246.51’50.9803.145 / 0.121
159Kyle SMITHGBRBlusens AvintiaKalex248.91’51.2653.430 / 0.285
1640Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex248.11’51.3603.525 / 0.095
1744Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up246.61’51.4403.605 / 0.080
1880Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex249.41’51.6283.793 / 0.188
1918Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter247.71’51.6663.831 / 0.038
2011Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex246.51’51.6833.848 / 0.017
2130Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex252.91’51.8444.009 / 0.161
2272Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki244.31’52.1044.269 / 0.260
2323Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGKalex245.61’52.1684.333 / 0.064
2481Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter245.91’52.3134.478 / 0.145
258Gino REAGBRGino Rea Race TeamFTR242.61’52.6364.801 / 0.323
2649Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex248.21’52.8154.980 / 0.179
273Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up246.11’52.8835.048 / 0.068
2815Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up246.91’53.7915.956 / 0.908
2914Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter245.51’53.8676.032 / 0.076
307Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter242.31’53.9406.105 / 0.073
3197Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up243.11’53.9636.128 / 0.023
3296Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3245.61’55.2827.447 / 1.319
52Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3245.11’56.2908.455 / 1.008