Moto2 Champ Espargaro Fastest Friday at Valencia

Tuenti HP 40's Pol Espargaro

Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro

2013 Valencia Moto2 Friday Practice Results

The man who clinched the 2013 Moto2 Championship two weeks ago at Motegi, Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro, was fastest Friday during the first practice sessions for the season finale at Valencia.

Espargaro topped the session with a 1:35.548, finished 0.142 of a second ahead of teammate Tito Rabat, and 0.426 of a second ahead of Inter Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Thomas Luthi.

Espargaro will ride a Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP bike in testing next week and the pressure is off in many ways, having already clinched the title, but he now intends to end the season on a high.

The Spaniard dominated both sessions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Friday but almost had a clash with wildcard rider Gino Rea during the afternoon, with both riders just managing to avoid going down.

Behind Espargaro, teammate Rabat aims for a strong finish to the season in his last race for Sito Pons’ outfit, and that pair could do battle for the win on Sunday if today’s pace is anything to judge by. Switzerland’s Tom Luthi would also be a good bet for a podium finish, though having also lapped in the top five Alex de Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) and Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing) will aim to run at the front as the weekend progresses.

The top 10 was completed by Jordi Torres, Mika Kallio, Nico Terol, Xavier Simeon and Julian Simon, all lapping within tenth tenths of a second of the leading time.

2013 Valencia Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:

1 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 273.9 1’35.548
2 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 269.5 1’35.690 0.142 / 0.142
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter 270.3 1’35.974 0.426 / 0.284
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 269.9 1’35.999 0.451 / 0.025
5 3 Simone CORSI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 267.5 1’36.037 0.489 / 0.038
6 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 265.0 1’36.083 0.535 / 0.046
7 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 270.2 1’36.119 0.571 / 0.036
8 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 267.8 1’36.129 0.581 / 0.010
9 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team Kalex 264.4 1’36.168 0.620 / 0.039
10 60 Julian SIMON SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.3 1’36.189 0.641 / 0.021
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.0 1’36.217 0.669 / 0.028
12 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Came Iodaracing Project Suter 264.0 1’36.349 0.801 / 0.132
13 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up 270.5 1’36.400 0.852 / 0.051
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 267.0 1’36.494 0.946 / 0.094
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 263.1 1’36.751 1.203 / 0.257
16 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 266.7 1’36.798 1.250 / 0.047
17 92 Alex MARIÑELARENA SPA Blusens Avintia Kalex 267.3 1’36.844 1.296 / 0.046
18 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 266.7 1’36.850 1.302 / 0.006
19 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Maptaq SAG Zelos Team Kalex 266.7 1’36.890 1.342 / 0.040
20 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 268.7 1’37.075 1.527 / 0.185
21 8 Gino REA GBR Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing FTR 264.7 1’37.124 1.576 / 0.049
22 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Tech 3 Tech 3 270.0 1’37.146 1.598 / 0.022
23 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti HP 40 Kalex 267.0 1’37.208 1.660 / 0.062
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 269.3 1’37.227 1.679 / 0.019
25 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 269.3 1’37.248 1.700 / 0.021
26 99 Lucas MAHIAS FRA Tech 3 Tech 3 262.5 1’37.635 2.087 / 0.387
27 44 Steven ODENDAAL RSA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 270.2 1’38.193 2.645 / 0.558
28 94 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 268.1 1’38.241 2.693 / 0.048
29 25 Azlan SHAH MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Moriwaki 265.8 1’38.270 2.722 / 0.029
30 7 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 267.9 1’38.293 2.745 / 0.023
31 31 Kohta NOZANE JPN JiR Moto2 Motobi 264.0 1’38.511 2.963 / 0.218
32 17 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up 266.5 1’38.546 2.998 / 0.035
33 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO INA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 265.3 1’38.654 3.106 / 0.108
34 34 Ezequiel ITURRIOZ ARG Blusens Avintia Kalex 262.4 1’39.268 3.720 / 0.614

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