2012 Estoril Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Heads Marquez And Redding

Pol Espargaro has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Estoril, the Pons Kalex rider posting a fast lap at the end of the session to edge ahead of Marc Marquez, who had in turn just sneaked ahead of Scott Redding. Redding's Marc VDS Racing teammate Mika Kallio set the 4th fastest time, while Moto2 rookie and last year's 125cc championship runner-up Johann Zarco took 5th place.

Times were still a second and a half off the lap record, though the improved track conditions - the surface was nearly completely dry by the end of FP2 - means that Moto2 was much closer to the lap record than either MotoGP or Moto3 had been. There is a possibility of rain this afternoon, but conditions at Estoril remain as changeable as ever.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'43.447    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'43.618 0.171 0.171
3 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1'43.622 0.175 0.004
4 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1'43.881 0.434 0.259
5 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 1'43.896 0.449 0.015
6 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'44.136 0.689 0.240
7 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'44.228 0.781 0.092
8 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 1'44.270 0.823 0.042
9 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SUTER 1'44.286 0.839 0.016
10 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'44.389 0.942 0.103
11 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'44.399 0.952 0.010
12 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'44.437 0.990 0.038
13 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'44.439 0.992 0.002
14 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 1'44.450 1.003 0.011
15 3 Simone CORSI FTR 1'44.595 1.148 0.145
16 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ FTR 1'44.698 1.251 0.103
17 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT MORIWAKI 1'44.741 1.294 0.043
18 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 1'44.756 1.309 0.015
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 1'44.766 1.319 0.010
20 8 Gino REA MORIWAKI 1'44.816 1.369 0.050
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'44.853 1.406 0.037
22 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 1'44.907 1.460 0.054
23 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 1'44.995 1.548 0.088
24 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'45.059 1.612 0.064
25 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 1'45.074 1.627 0.015
26 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1'45.425 1.978 0.351
27 49 Axel PONS KALEX 1'46.111 2.664 0.686
28 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 1'46.507 3.060 0.396
29 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 1'47.298 3.851 0.791
30 7 Alexander LUNDH MZ-RE HONDA 1'47.762 4.315 0.464
31 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 1'49.816 6.369 2.054
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'50.688
  10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 1'50.933 7.486 1.117

 

Race Details
2012
Pol Espargaro has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Estoril, the Pons Kalex rider posting a fast lap at the end of the session to edge ahead of Marc Marquez, who had in turn just sneaked ahead of Scott Redding. Redding's Marc VDS Racing teammate Mika Kallio set the 4th fastest time, while Moto2 rookie and last year's 125cc championship runner-up Johann Zarco took 5th place.Times were still a second and a half off the lap record, though the improved track conditions - the surface was nearly completely dry by the end of FP2 - means that Moto2 was much closer to the lap record than either MotoGP or Moto3 had been. There is a possibility of rain this afternoon, but conditions at Estoril remain as changeable as ever.Results:

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