Esteve Rabat took his Texas pace through to the first day of Moto2 free practice at Jerez as he topped the timesheets on day one in front of Marc VDS Racing Team's Scott Redding and Pons team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Unlike in other classes, the top three of the Moto2 class set their quickest times in the morning session, during which Espargaro managed to save a near crash.

Yet it was his team-mate Rabat who starred again, as he made the most of the Dunlop tyres. Redding will hope he can carry his pace through to race day, whilst Espargaro commented that he is looking for significantly more grip.

Italtrans Racing Team's Takaaki Nakagami came strong in the afternoon as he put his bike fourth in the overall timesheets, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2's Jordi Torres and Blusens Avintia's Toni Elias - both Spaniards setting their quick times in the morning.

The following trio was led by Interwetten-Paddock's Tom L?thi, returning from injury, as the Swiss rider set the seventh quickest time in the afternoon, ahead of Technomag carXpert's compatriot Dominique Aegerter and Aspar's Nico Terol. Nakagami's team-mate Julian Simon rounded out the top ten with a time set in the morning.

Tech 3 Racing's Louis Rossi, JiR Moto2's Mike Di Meglio, as well as TSR Motorsport's wildcard Dani Rivas all suffered falls throughout the day.


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