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Moto2: Corsi leads Catalunya practice

Simone Corsi fastest during Friday practice (2) for the Catalan Moto2 Grand Prix at Barcelona.
Simone Corsi put his Ioda Racing FTR on top of the Friday afternoon Moto2 timesheets after an exciting end to second practice in Catalunya.

The Italian, third in the wet at Jerez, got the better of long time leader Thomas Luthi by 0.121sec on his 17th and final lap - with Alex de Angelis, Yuki Takahashi and Bradley Smith also challenging for the top in the closing stages.

Those top five riders were covered by just 0.221sec, with championship leader Stefan Bradl just a hundredth further back in sixth place.

Moto2 rookie and Le Mans winner Marc Marquez was eleventh fastest in front of his home fans, after suffering a huge highside in morning practice. The Repsol rider was within half a second of Corsi.

Julian Simon, second to Bradl in the championship, was twelfth.

Friday practice (2) - Catalunya:

1. Corsi (FTR) 1m 47.373s
2. Luthi (Suter) +0.121s
3. de Angelis (MotoBI) +0.140s
4. Takahashi (Moriwaki) +0.176s
5. Smith (Tech 3) +0.221s
6. Bradl (Kalex) +0.233s
7. Kallio (Suter) +0.248s
8. A. Espargaro (Pons Kalex) +0.366s
9. Redding (Suter) +0.413s
10. Pirro (Moriwaki) +0.470s

31. Coghlan (FTR) +1.845s

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MM - Unregistered

June 03, 2011 5:24 PM

Good to see Bradley Smith in the top five, continuing with the kind of pace he found in the last test. There were a lot of people saying that he would be embarrassed by Redding in Moto2 this year and I'm glad to see they've been proved wrong. I'd really like to see Redding doing better though - it was just that I didn't agree with the anti-Bradley brigade.

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