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Moto2: Márquez and Redding share honours on final day

Reigning 125cc World Champion Marc Márquez and young British star Scott Redding depart Valencia with the psychological edge amongst the 2011 Moto2 pack, after leaving their pursuers trailing on the final day of testing in Spain
Reigning 125cc World Champion Marc Márquez and promising young British hope Scott Redding concluded this week's pre-season Moto2 test at Valencia in Spain tied atop the timing screens, with three seconds exactly blanketing the 30 riders in attendance.

The evenly-matched pair had similarly set identical lap times the previous day – albeit then for just fifth position – and they wound up three tenths clear of their closest challenger, Friday pace-setter and last year's Moto2 World Championship runner-up Julián Simón. Márquez and Redding both improved their times from day two by a second, Simón by just a tenth.

Fellow Friday star Yuki Takahashi again showed well to claim fourth, joined in the 1m36s-dead bracket by Thomas Lüthi and Stefan Bradl, whilst joint day one pace-setter Andrea Iannone kept up his consistently impressive form in seventh, half a second shy of the benchmark.

Aleix Espargaró posted a time good enough for eighth, with Alex de Angelis and Michele Pirro completing the top ten. Claudio Corti, Simone Corsi, Axel Pons and Mike DiMeglio all got to within a second of the fastest lap, whilst columnist Bradley Smith lopped seven tenths off his own best effort to place 22nd.

Unofficial lap times supplied by teams:

Marc Marquez Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 1m 35.6secs
Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter 1m 35.6secs
Julian Simon Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 35.9secs
Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.0secs
Thomas Luthi Interwetten Suter 1m 36.0secs
Stefan Bradl Viessmann Kiefer Kalex 1m 36.0secs
Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 1m 36.1secs
Aleix Espargaro Pons Kalex Pons 1m 36.1secs
Alex de Angelis JiR Motobi 1m 36.3secs
Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.4secs
Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter 1m 36.4secs
Simone Corsi Ioda Racing Project 1m 36.6secs
Axel Pons Pons Kalex Pons 1m 36.6secs
Mike DiMeglio Tech 3 1m 36.6secs
Jules Cluzel Forward Suter 1m 36.8secs
Rafaelle de Rosa G22 Moriwaki 1m 36.9secs
Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter 1m 37.0secs
Alex Baldolini Forward Racing Suter 1m 37.0secs
Mattia Pasini Ioda Racing Project 1m 37.0secs
Randy Krummenacher Switzerland Kiefer Kalex 1m 37.2secs
Xavi Forés Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 37.2secs
Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m 37.3secs
Kev Coghlan Motorsport 69 FTR 1m 37.5secs
Esteve Rabat Blusens STX 1m 37.7secs
Max Neukirchner MZ Racing 1m 37.7secs
Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter 1m 37.8secs
Santiago Hernández SAG Team FTR 1m 37.9secs
Anthony West MZ Racing 1m 38.1secs
Kenny Noyes Avintia STX FTR 1m 38.5secs
Dominque Aegerter Technomag CIP Suter 1m 38.6secs

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February 12, 2011 8:43 PM

Marquez and Redding: 2 guys you have to think are good enough to go onto MotoGP success as well as Moto2. The fact that MM has adapted so quickly is a measure of his talent. Contrast that to Bradley Smith's tough initiation to the class and you start to get an idea of how good he is. Great to see Scott showing so well this early too.

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