2014 Circuit of the Americas Friday Free Practice ResultsAirAsia Caterham Moto Racing’s Johann Zarco – the American Josh Herrin’s teammate – took the fastest lap time Friday at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. He lead both Free Practice 1 and 2, but his quickest time arrived in FP2.
The Frenchman posted a 2:10.839 around the 3.426-mile circuit containing 20 corners, leading Techomag carport’s Dominique Aegerter by 0.25 of a second. Aegerter had crashed with Ricky Cardus early in FP2 but both escaped major injury.Finishing third fastest was the rider who won the opening Moto2 round at Qatar, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat. Rabat was 0.3 of a second off Zarco in third and an intriguing day of qualifying lies ahead on Saturday.Also in the hunt for front row slots should be the likes of impressive rookie and Moto3 World Champion Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40), Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Mika Kallio Marc (Marc VDS Racing Team) who were all in the top six, despite a light crash for Simeon.Luis Salom (Pons HP 40), Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia), the aforementioned Cardus (Tech 3) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) were all in the top ten and within 0.9 of a second of Zarco.Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) also walked away from a spill, while Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) had a heavy crash at Turn 18 at the end of the session.As for the American Herrin, he struggled aboard the Suter machine, and finished 30th, 3.954 off the top pace.The riders will return to Circuit of the Americas Saturday for two additional free practices and qualifying.2014 Circuit of the Americas Moto2 Free Practice 2 Results:
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