Frenchman Zarco Quickest Friday at Austin Moto2 Practice at COTA

Frenchman Zarco Quickest Friday at Austin Moto2 Practice at COTA
Caterham's Johann Zarco at COTA
Frenchman Zarco Quickest Friday at Austin Moto2 Practice at COTA
Caterham’s Johann Zarco at COTA

2014 Circuit of the Americas Friday Free Practice Results

AirAsia 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:

15Johann ZARCOFRAAirAsia CaterhamCaterham Suter267.82’10.839
277Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter275.72’11.0860.247 / 0.247
353Esteve RABATSPAMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex269.92’11.1470.308 / 0.061
440Maverick VIÑALESSPAPons HP 40Kalex267.52’11.1560.317 / 0.009
519Xavier SIMEONBELFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter267.82’11.1600.321 / 0.004
636Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex269.72’11.3290.490 / 0.169
739Luis SALOMSPAPons HP 40Kalex272.52’11.4440.605 / 0.115
830Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex269.32’11.5020.663 / 0.058
988Ricard CARDUSSPATech 3Tech 3270.32’11.6100.771 / 0.108
103Simone CORSIITANGM Forward RacingForward KLX266.92’11.6940.855 / 0.084
1112Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter276.02’11.7040.865 / 0.010
1211Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex271.42’11.7990.960 / 0.095
1360Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex272.52’11.9041.065 / 0.105
1481Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter272.42’11.9791.140 / 0.075
1554Mattia PASINIITANGM Forward RacingForward KLX268.02’12.2161.377 / 0.237
1623Marcel SCHROTTERGERTech 3Tech 3268.52’12.2771.438 / 0.061
1715Alex DE ANGELISRSMTasca Racing Moto2Suter269.82’12.4081.569 / 0.131
1895Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up269.72’12.4311.592 / 0.023
1922Sam LOWESGBRSpeed UpSpeed Up267.92’12.4861.647 / 0.055
208Gino REAGBRAGT REA RacingSuter268.52’12.5331.694 / 0.047
2194Jonas FOLGERGERAGR TeamKalex266.72’12.8582.019 / 0.325
2255Hafizh SYAHRINMALPetronas Raceline MalaysiaKalex271.92’12.9172.078 / 0.059
2318Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter268.82’12.9562.117 / 0.039
2496Louis ROSSIFRASAG TeamKalex266.92’13.1362.297 / 0.180
254Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIIodaRacing ProjectSuter265.02’13.1592.320 / 0.023
267Lorenzo BALDASSARRIITAGresini Moto2Suter266.82’13.4272.588 / 0.268
2749Axel PONSSPAAGR TeamKalex270.02’13.5072.668 / 0.080
2821Franco MORBIDELLIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex264.32’13.5422.703 / 0.035
2997Roman RAMOSSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up268.72’14.3603.521 / 0.818
302Josh HERRINUSAAirAsia CaterhamCaterham Suter268.62’14.7933.954 / 0.433
3145Tetsuta NAGASHIMAJPNTeluru Team JiR WebikeTSR262.52’15.1414.302 / 0.348
3210Thitipong WAROKORNTHAAPH PTT The Pizza SAGKalex266.62’15.1504.311 / 0.009
3325Azlan SHAHMALIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex269.02’15.1754.336 / 0.025
3470Robin MULHAUSERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter267.72’16.0005.161 / 0.825