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Moto2: Espargaro sets Friday pace

Pol Espargaro fastest during Friday practice (2) for the German Moto2 Grand Prix at Sachsenring.
Pol Espargaro led both Friday practice sessions for the German Moto2 Grand Prix under changeable weather conditions at the Sachsenring.

Espargaro, who fell while leading in last Saturday's Assen race, led the morning session by just 0.048s from title leader Marc Marquez with Bradley Smith a fine third for Tech 3.

Pons Kalex rider Espargaro then picked a small slick-tyre window of afternoon track time to perfection, clocking what would be the best lap with 30 minutes to go - just before further rain.

Espargaro later suffered technical problems but still finished the session a healthy 1.3s ahead of Dominique Aegerter, whose Technomag-CIP team-mate Roby Rolfo also exploited the conditions for third.

Marquez, who joined Iannone and Thomas Luthi in falling this morning, was eighth fastest in the afternoon for Repsol Suter. Marquez starts this weekend with a 23-point advantage over Iannone.

Friday practice (2):

1. Pol Espargaro SPA (Kalex) 1m 28.258s
2. Dominique Aegerter SWI (Suter) 1m 29.653s
3. Roberto Rolfo ITA (Suter) 1m 30.429s
4. Ricard Cardus SPA (AJR) 1m 30.448s
5. Johann Zarco FRA (MotoBI) 1m 30.626s
6. Xavier Simeon BEL (Tech 3) 1m 30.673s
7. Thomas Luthi SWI (Suter) 1m 30.878s
8. Marc Marquez SPA (Suter) 1m 30.932s
9. Toni Elias SPA (Suter) 1m 31.133s
10. Axel Pons SPA (Kalex) 1m 31.588s
11. Bradley Smith GBR (Tech 3) 1m 31.896s
12. Andrea Iannone ITA (Speed Up) 1m 32.738s
13. Randy Krummenacher SWI (Kalex) 1m 33.166s
14. Damian Cudlin AUS (Bimota) 1m 33.375s
15. Julian Simon SPA (Suter) 1m 33.536s




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M1M - Unregistered

July 06, 2012 3:36 PM

It will be interesting to see how Smith goes this weekend as at this circuit the top end disadvantage of the Tech3 Mistral will be much less significant.

M1M - Unregistered

July 07, 2012 1:07 AM

@mix up. The positions and times are for FP2. Because of the changeable weather in the second session, there was briefly a dry line which Espargaro used to his advantage, going out on slicks. It's difficult to draw any conclusions from these times due to the changing conditions through the session.



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