Moto2 Champ Espargaro Fastest Friday at Valencia

Tuenti HP 40's Pol Espargaro
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:

140Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex273.91’35.548
280Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex269.51’35.6900.142 / 0.142
312Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter270.31’35.9740.426 / 0.284
415Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up269.91’35.9990.451 / 0.025
53Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up267.51’36.0370.489 / 0.038
681Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter265.01’36.0830.535 / 0.046
736Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex270.21’36.1190.571 / 0.036
818Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter267.81’36.1290.581 / 0.010
919Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex264.41’36.1680.620 / 0.039
1060Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex267.31’36.1890.641 / 0.021
1130Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex267.01’36.2170.669 / 0.028
125Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter264.01’36.3490.801 / 0.132
1354Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up270.51’36.4000.852 / 0.051
1477Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter267.01’36.4940.946 / 0.094
1545Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex263.11’36.7511.203 / 0.257
1611Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex266.71’36.7981.250 / 0.047
1792Alex MARIÑELARENASPABlusens AvintiaKalex267.31’36.8441.296 / 0.046
1895Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up266.71’36.8501.302 / 0.006
1923Marcel SCHROTTERGERMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex266.71’36.8901.342 / 0.040
2088Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up268.71’37.0751.527 / 0.185
218Gino REAGBRGino Rea Montaze Broz RacingFTR264.71’37.1241.576 / 0.049
2296Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3270.01’37.1461.598 / 0.022
2349Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex267.01’37.2081.660 / 0.062
2455Hafizh SYAHRINMALPetronas Raceline MalaysiaKalex269.31’37.2271.679 / 0.019
254Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter269.31’37.2481.700 / 0.021
2699Lucas MAHIASFRATech 3Tech 3262.51’37.6352.087 / 0.387
2744Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up270.21’38.1932.645 / 0.558
2894Franco MORBIDELLIITAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter268.11’38.2412.693 / 0.048
2925Azlan SHAHMALIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki265.81’38.2702.722 / 0.029
307Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter267.91’38.2932.745 / 0.023
3131Kohta NOZANEJPNJiR Moto2Motobi264.01’38.5112.963 / 0.218
3217Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up266.51’38.5462.998 / 0.035
3397Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up265.31’38.6543.106 / 0.108
3434Ezequiel ITURRIOZARGBlusens AvintiaKalex262.41’39.2683.720 / 0.614