Zarco Quickest In The Wet At Jerez

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Johann Zarco was the fastest man in Friday practice for the Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix but consistent rain throughout the day at Jerez made it difficult to draw any conclusions from the day's running. The Frenchman, last year's runner-up in the 125cc class, set a 1:55.382 in the morning session which remained unbeaten in the afternoon, despite Mika Kallio's best efforts.

The Finn was quickest in the second session as the track steadily dried out but conditions were never good enough for slicks. Kallio's time was three tenths away from Zarco's benchmark with Ricard Cardus completing an unusual top three on the Arguiñano AJR.

FP2 was a relatively quiet affair with many riders staying in the pits, choosing not to risk themselves or their motorcycles in the damp conditions. Only a quarter of the field completed ten laps or more in the afternoon while Tech 3 riders Bradley Smith and Xavier Simeon didn't turn a wheel in anger.

Behind the top three, wet-weather specialist Anthony West took fourth ahead of Andrea Iannone and championship leader Marc Marquez. Simeon was the leading Tech 3 rider in seventh having set the third best time in the morning while Smith's inactivity in the afternoon saw him drop from sixth to 17th.

Qatar polesitter Thomas Luthi was eighth fastest ahead of Axel PonsAlex de Angelis and Scott Redding while there were crashes for Randy Krummenacher and Ratthapark Wilairot. Gino Rea, teammate to Wilairot at Gresini, was an encouraging 15th.


Moto2 Gran Premio bwin de Espana: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Johann Zarco FRA Motobi JIR Moto2 1:55.382
2 Mika Kallio FIN Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.293
3 Ricard Cardus SPA AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +0.817
4 Anthony West AUS Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +0.824
5 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Up Speed Master +0.876
6 Marc Marquez SPA Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.884
7 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.949
8 Thomas Luthi SWI Suter Interwetten-Paddock +1.000
9 Axel Pons SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.122
10 Alex De Angelis RSM Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1.403
11 Scott Redding GBR Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +1.637
12 Randy Krummenacher SWI Suter GP Team Switzerland +1.770
13 Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.092
14 Mike Di Meglio FRA Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +2.176
15 Gino Rea GBR Moriwaki Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +2.247
16 Angel Rodriguez SPA FTR SAG Team +2.449
17 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +2.496
18 Yuki Takahashi JAP Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +2.835
19 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Moriwaki Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +2.911
20 Julian Simon SPA FTR Blusens Avintia +3.049
21 Toni Elias SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +3.244
22 Claudio Corti ITA Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +3.437
23 Alexander Lundh SWE MZ FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +3.634
24 Simone Corsi ITA FTR Came IodaRacing Project +3.673
25 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +3.923
26 Nicolas Terol SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +3.970
27 Esteve Rabat SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +4.450
28 Roberto Rolfo ITA Suter Technomag-CIP +4.630
29 Max Neukirchner GER Kalex Kiefer Racing +4.847
30 Elena Rosell SPA Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +5.514
31 Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter Technomag-CIP +6.008
32 Marco Colandrea ITA FTR SAG Team +6.082

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