2013 Phillip Island Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat On A Roll

Last rounds Moto2 race winner Tito Rabat has topped the opening free practice at Phillip Island, the impressive Sepang victor continued his momentum from Malaysia and finished the session half a second quicker than the outright Moto2 circuit record with a scorching time of 1:33.157. Championship leader Scott Redding finished in second place a little over a tenth behind Rabat, the Brit looked very focused and sat at the top of the timesheets for the vast majority of proceedings, he had a slight psychological victory over his main title rival Pol Espargaro who ended in third place after suffering some mechanical gremlins with a few minutes remaining. 

Jordi Torres finished in an encouraging fourth place ahead of Alex DeAngelis who completed the top five and demonstrated his fondness for the fast and flowing Australian circuit. German rookie Sandro Cortese and Thomas Luthi finished in sixth and seventh places respectively and spent large periods of the session riding nose to tail. Mika Kallio, Nico Terol and Mattia Pasini rounded out the top ten.

Xavier Simeon had a session ending crash five minutes into the morning's opening running, the Belgian rider totaled his Kalex machine but managed to walk away. There was also a high speed shunt for young German Marcel Schrotter at Siberia, he was clearly winded after careering into an air fence at high speed but thankfully he too escaped any major injury. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 80 Esteve RABAT Kalex 1'33.157    
2 45 Scott REDDING Kalex 1'33.328 0.171 0.171
3 40 Pol ESPARGARO Kalex 1'33.335 0.178 0.007
4 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 1'33.615 0.458 0.280
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Speed Up 1'33.782 0.625 0.167
6 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'33.921 0.764 0.139
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 1'34.010 0.853 0.089
8 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 1'34.086 0.929 0.076
9 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 1'34.128 0.971 0.042
10 54 Mattia PASINI Speed Up 1'34.215 1.058 0.087
11 5 Johann ZARCO Suter 1'34.253 1.096 0.038
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.579 1.422 0.326
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'34.587 1.430 0.008
14 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 1'34.612 1.455 0.025
15 3 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.719 1.562 0.107
16 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 1'34.747 1.590 0.028
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'34.906 1.749 0.159
18 52 Danny KENT Tech 3 1'34.950 1.793 0.044
19 88 Ricard CARDUS Speed Up 1'34.985 1.828 0.035
20 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.005 1.848 0.020
21 8 Gino REA Speed Up 1'35.249 2.092 0.244
22 96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 1'35.959 2.802 0.710
23 7 Doni Tata PRADITA Suter 1'36.097 2.940 0.138
24 92 Alex MARIÑELARENA Kalex 1'36.640 3.483 0.543
25 44 Steven ODENDAAL Speed Up 1'36.701 3.544 0.061
26 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Speed Up 1'37.238 4.081 0.537
27 25 Azlan SHAH Moriwaki 1'37.254 4.097 0.016
28 31 Kohta NOZANE Motobi 1'38.399 5.242 1.145
29 34 Ezequiel ITURRIOZ Kalex 1'38.880 5.723 0.481
30 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Suter 1'38.911 5.754 0.031
NC 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
16
2013
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