Pol Espargaro - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Pol Espargaro - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Pol Espargaro denied the British fans a home 1-2 in Friday Practice after a scintillating lap late in the second Moto2 session. The Spaniard was quickest in damp conditions earlier in the day and showed a good turn of pace in the dry too, going a second faster than the current circuit record.

Scott Redding and Espargaro were dead level at one point before the Marc VDS rider put breathing space between himself and Espargaro. Bradley Smith then showed signs that Tech 3 were starting to make strides towards the front with the second fastest time but Espargaro's late flyer put half a second into the British pair.

Marc Marquez was one of many riders to have a lap time cancelled due to exceeding the track limits on the exit of Club and finished fourth fastest with Johann Zarco and Alex De Angelis completing the top six. Toni Elias, another rider to fall foul of the final corner, took seventh despite having a lap time deleted ahead of a trio of Italians who rounded out the top ten, Claudio Corti, Andrea Iannone and Simone Corsi.

Redding and Smith weren't the only Brits to excel with Gino Rea finishing the afternoon in an excellent twelfth on the Gresini Suter. Championship leader Thomas Luthi didn't enjoy his day's work quite as much and ended up two seconds off the pace in nineteenth, largely down to a crash, and will hope for much better tomorrow.

 

Moto2 Hertz British Grand Prix: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti 2:08.826
2  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.509
3  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.707
4  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.727
5  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.892
6  Alex De Angelis Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.968
7  Toni Elias Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.226
8  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.259
9  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +1.270
10  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +1.517
11  Mike Di Meglio Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +1.844
12  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +1.856
13  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +1.923
14  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.963
15  Randy Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland +2.024
16  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +2.069
17  Roberto Rolfo Suter Technomag-CIP +2.107
18  Max Neukirchner Kalex Kiefer Racing +2.198
19  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +2.230
20  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +2.268
21  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +2.341
22  Ricard Cardus AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +2.967
23  Angel Rodriguez Bimota SAG Team +3.056
24  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +3.222
25  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +3.412
26  Julian Simon FTR Blusens Avintia +3.604
27  Yuki Takahashi Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +3.736
28  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +4.500
29  Anthony West Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +4.637
30  A. Andreozzi (WC) FTR Andreozzi Reparto Corse +7.055
31  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +7.075
32  Alexander Lundh MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +7.578
33  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2 +7.653
34  Elena Rosell Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +8.147