2013 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Grabs Top Spot Ahead Of Nakagami

Pol Espargaro has started the 2013 Moto2 season as he means to go on, topping the timesheets in the first session of free practice. The Tuenti HP 40 rider ended the session three tenths ahead of Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami, the two men swapping the lead throughout the session. Espargaro's teammate Tito Rabat ended the session in 3rd, ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding. Redding had a difficult start, stopping with an electrical problem on his out lap, but returning in time to get within three quarters of a second of Espargaro. Julian Simon ended the session in 5th, the last man to get within a second of Espargaro.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO Pons Kalex 2'01.437    
2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'01.755 0.318 0.318
3 80 Esteve RABAT Pons Kalex 2'02.004 0.567 0.249
4 45 Scott REDDING Kalex 2'02.223 0.786 0.219
5 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 2'02.321 0.884 0.098
6 3 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'02.563 1.126 0.242
7 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 2'02.701 1.264 0.138
8 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 2'02.795 1.358 0.094
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'02.826 1.389 0.031
10 5 Johann ZARCO Suter 2'02.854 1.417 0.028
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Speed Up 2'03.005 1.568 0.151
12 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 2'03.357 1.920 0.352
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'03.509 2.072 0.152
14 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'03.626 2.189 0.117
15 54 Mattia PASINI Speed Up 2'03.775 2.338 0.149
16 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'03.783 2.346 0.008
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Motobi 2'03.834 2.397 0.051
18 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Suter 2'03.878 2.441 0.044
19 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 2'03.958 2.521 0.080
20 88 Ricard CARDUS Speed Up 2'04.016 2.579 0.058
21 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI Moriwaki 2'04.019 2.582 0.003
22 96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 2'04.148 2.711 0.129
23 24 Toni ELIAS Kalex 2'04.306 2.869 0.158
24 49 Axel PONS Pons Kalex 2'04.320 2.883 0.014
25 33 Sergio GADEA Suter 2'04.697 3.260 0.377
26 52 Danny KENT Tech 3 2'04.899 3.462 0.202
27 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 2'05.361 3.924 0.462
28 7 Doni Tata PRADITA Suter 2'05.982 4.545 0.621
29 44 Steven ODENDAAL Speed Up 2'06.748 5.311 0.766
30 17 Alberto MONCAYO Speed Up 2'06.769 5.332 0.021
31 9 Kyle SMITH Kalex 2'07.576 6.139 0.807
32 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Speed Up 2'08.062 6.625 0.486

 

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Comments

by Espargaro.

I thought after watching last year that Espargaro would dominate from start to finish. But Rabat, Nakagami, and even Redding seem to be within striking distance. Nakagami seemed to keep popping up at the top of the sheets over and over. Rabat seemed more focused and consistent than I have seen him before.

Don't know what has happened to Elias, but whatever it is is making me sad watching him flounder. Kallio seems like he has picked up some speed. Also saw some tight passes for it just being practice.

Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have sifted through the applications and will have someone writing practice and race reports for me. Then these sort of things won't happen so much...