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Moto2: Luthi on top at Motegi

Thomas Luthi fastest during Friday practice (2) for the Japanese Moto2 Grand Prix at Motegi.
Thomas Luthi returned to the sharp end of the Moto2 field by leading Friday afternoon practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

The Interwetten Suter rider, on the podium for the first two rounds of this year but absent ever since, finished the day with a 0.180sec advantage over title leader Stefan Bradl.

Bradl (Kalex) starts round 13 with a slim six-point lead over rookie Marc Marquez, but the Repsol Suter star could only manage ninth and eighth in Friday's sessions.

Yuki Takahashi upheld Japanese honour with third place for Gresini Moriwaki, while Dominique Aegerter, riding on his 21st birthday, claimed fourth for Technomag-CIP Suter.

Pol Espargaro (FTR) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3) made it five different manufacturers in the top six, with fellow rookie Esteve Rabat (FTR) seventh.

Friday practice (2):

1. Luthi (Suter) 1m 53.002s
2. Bradl (Kalex) +0.180s
3. Takahashi (Moriwaki) +0.352s
4. Aegerter (Suter) +0.463s
5. P. Espargaro (FTR) +0.474s
6. Smith (Tech 3) +0.531s
7. Rabat (FTR) +0.581s
8. Marquez (Suter) +0.598s
9. Kallio (Suter) +0.602s
10. A. Espargaro (Pons Kalex) +0.811s

15. Redding (Suter) +1.060s

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MM - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 8:13 PM

@Oli You seem to be very confused about Moto2. Go and look up this year's testing rules. What's more, there are 4 teams using the Suter chassis which have 'preferred' status and contractually ought to be able to buy the same parts when they are developed. Despite this, only Marquez is getting 2012 chassis parts which they are denied. Even if they were given the same parts as Marquez for Phillip Island, he has already had at least one private test session with the 2012 chassis before Aragon and two race weekends to perfect his set up, whereas the rest would be starting from scratch during a race weekend.

lukka - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 8:07 PM

Private in season testing is banned? So how on earth Marquez was able to test at almost every race track in calendar? He is an exceptional talent, but having huge budget and doing so many test certainly gives him an advantage.

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