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Moto2: Elias sets early Catalan pace

Toni Elias delights the home crowd by going fastest during Moto2 free practice around the Circuit de Catalunya.
Moto2 Championship leader Toni Elias made it a Spanish clean sweep of free practice sessions as he took control around his local Circuit de Catalunya.

The Gresini rider marched to the top of the timesheets in the final stages of the session, despite airing his dissatisfaction at Simone Corsi for holding him up around the final corner.

Nonetheless, he remained over a tenth faster than Sergio Gadea to join Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in keeping the partisan crowd happy on practice day.

Behind Gadea, Elias's closest title challenger Shoya Tomizawa was third best, while Thomas Luthi shrugged off his collarbone injury to post the fourth fastest time, the Swiss having held sway at the top for around 30 minutes of the session.

The in-form Andrea Iannone was fifth best on the Speed-Up, despite an earlier off, the Italian just ahead of Hungarian team-mate Gabor Talmacsi.

Yonny Hernandez was seventh fastest, ahead of Julian Simon and Silverstone winner Jules Cluzel, while Scott Redding sneaked into the top ten on his final lap having run as high as sixth earlier in the session.

Friday practice - Catalunya:

1. Elias (Moriwaki) 1min 48.425s
2. Gadea (Pons Kalex) +0.107s
3. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.197s
4. Luthi (Moriwaki) +0.205s
5. Iannone (Speed Up) +0.318s
6. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +0.423s
7. Hernandez (BQR) +0.424s
8. Simon (Suter) +0.429s
9. Cluzel (Suter) +0.442s
10. Redding (Suter) +0.534s

Tagged as: Elias , Catalunya , Moriwaki

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July 02, 2010 3:35 PM

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chete44 - Unregistered

July 02, 2010 9:35 PM

@uzumaki I cant recall Tony had ever complained. but this time hes absoloutelly rigth : Ianonne is Heavier&Taller than most riders -a handicup for top speed- However, hes setting the fastest speed anywhere. Once again Both SpeedUp riders set the fastest top speed straigthline , + 7/5km/h than anyone else. This advantage can be down to a number of reasons. 1/better fairing aerodynamics. 2/Better(Illegal) Fuel 3/Modified(Illegal) Engine. 4/Better Inlet pressure desing (most likely) Dorna should Investigate&make clear this Issue.

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