Marquez Stays Ahead in Second Practice

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Marc Marquez maintained his advantage over Stefan Bradl as the two led the Moto2 field once again in second practice at Mugello.

In the afternoon, it was the turn of Bradl to dominate the majority of the session, with the German setting a 1:53.754 to open up a half-second lead over Kenan Sofuoglu who had earlier topped the timesheets.

Bradl's time stood up until the final six minutes when Alex De Angelis, who was third this morning, got into the mid 1:53s, setting the fastest time of the weekend so far. But Marquez wasn't finished, and produced laps of 1:53.330 and 1:53.241 in quick succession to hold off the late challenge of Bradl who moved back up into second.

De Angelis finished third for the second session running while Andrea Iannone showed signs of a return to his best form with fourth position. The Italian, winner of this race last year, was just under three tenths of a second off the pace and was the last man in the 1:53s.

Scott Redding led a pack of riders in the low 1:54s after improving in the final moments. Pol Espargaro was another and finished a strong sixth for HP Tuenti Speed Up, just 0.007s behind Redding.

Bradley Smith bounced back from a crash in the morning session to go seventh in the afternoon, narrowly ahead of his Tech 3 teammate Mike Di Meglio. Randy Krummenacher fared well once again with ninth place, and the top ten was completed by the elder of the Espargaro brothers, Aleix.

Yonny Hernandez provided the one moment of concern with a wild trip through the gravel trap, but the Colombian recovered to finish the session in 19th.

Free Practice 1 Result:

Pos Rider Nat Team FP1 FP2
1 Marc Marquez SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol 1:53.701 1:53.241
2 Stefan Bradl GER Viessman Kiefer Racing 1:54.020 1:53.362
3 Alex de Angelis RSM JIR Moto2 1:54.284 1:53.471
4 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Master 1:54.671 1:53.522
5 Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team 1:54.891 1:54.010
6 Pol Espargaro SPA HP Tuenti Speed Up 1:55.493 1:54.017
7 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Racing 1:57.250 1:54.115
8 Mike Di Meglio FRA Tech 3 Racing 1:54.886 1:54.134
9 Randy Krummenacher SWI GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing 1:54.844 1:54.136
10 Aleix Espargaro SPA Pons HP 40 1:54.432 1:54.178
11 Michele Pirro ITA Gresini Racing Moto2 1:54.603 1:54.309
12 Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team 1:55.325 1:54.331
13 Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Technomag-CIP 1:55.498 1:54.334
14 Esteve Rabat SPA Blusens-STX 1:55.176 1:54.463
15 Max Neukirchner GER MZ Racing Team 1:56.463 1:54.562
16 Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 1:55.150 1:54.563
17 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 B 1:55.280 1:54.571
18 Axel Pons SPA Pons HP 40 1:56.142 1:54.620
19 Yonny Hernandez COL Blusens-STX 1:55.937 1:54.626
20 Yuki Takahashi JAP Gresini Racing Moto2 1:54.941 1:54.626
21 Raffaele de Rosa ITA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:55.537 1:54.679
22 Mattia Pasini ITA Ioda Racing Project 1:54.980 1:54.699
23 Simone Corsi ITA Ioda Racing Project 1:55.360 1:54.708
24 Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag-CIP 1:54.716 1:55.203
25 Alex Baldolini ITA Forward Racing 1:55.744 1:54.744
26 Claudio Corti ITA Italtrans Racing Team 1:56.507 1:55.090
27 Ricard Cardus SPA QMMF Racing Team 1:57.371 1:55.151
28 Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:55.897 1:55.244
29 Jules Cluzel FRA Forward Racing 1:56.936 1:55.438
30 Valentin Debise FRA Speed Up 1:56.445 1:55.753
31 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Thai Honda Singha SAG 1:55.934 1:55.881
32 Anthony West AUS MZ Racing Team 1:56.166 1:55.998
33 Carmelo Morales SPA Desguaces La Torre G22 1:57.377 1:56.105
34 Robertino Pietri VEN Italtrans Racing Team 1:55.869 1:56.192
35 Santiago Hernandez COL SAG Team 1:58.395 1:56.765
36 Mattia Tarozzi ITA Faenza Racing 1:58.059 1:57.353
37 Kenny Noyes USA Avintia-STX 1:56.920 1:57.553
38 Tommaso Lorenzetti ITA Aeroport de Castello 1:57.664 1:57.611
39 Mashel Al Naimi QAT QMMF Racing Team 1:59.613 1:58.236
Provisional 107% Time: 2:02.446


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