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Redding Leads Marquez On Friday In Portugal

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Scott Redding - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Scott Redding - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Scott Redding put in a sensational performance on Friday afternoon to top the timesheets at Estoril ahead of Marc Marquez. The British teenager was the only man in the 1m41s bracket until Marquez improved in the dying seconds and will feel he has a genuine chance of his first Moto2 pole position tomorrow.

Thomas Luthi had led the session early on with a 1:42.513 and improved by a further tenth of a second at the halfway stage but Redding threw down the gauntlet with 15 minutes to go, going three quarters of a second quicker on his Marc VDS Kalex. Luthi improved on his final run but could only close to within four tenths and it was left to Marquez to take up the challenge. The championship leader left it until the dying seconds to join Redding in the 1:41s, albeit two tenths adrift in second.

Toni Elias entered the season as one of the favourites for the title but has been largely anonymous so far. But at the scene of his only MotoGP victory, the Aspar rider came to life and set the fourth fastest time, just under half a second behind Redding.

Fresh from his maiden Moto2 win last weekend, Pol Espargaro took fifth while Bradley Smith showed signs that the Tech 3 Mistral 610 is growing in competitiveness by setting the sixth fastest time. Alex de Angelis was seventh ahead of Dominique Aegerter and the impressive Johann Zarco while Mika Kallio completed the top ten.

Gino Rea was 23rd for Federal Oil Gresini but blotted his copybook with a crash in each session. He wasn't the only one to hit the deck though with Mike Di Meglio and Angel Rodriguez sliding off the road this afternoon.

 

Moto2 Grande Premio de Portugal Circuito Estoril: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Scott Redding GBR Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team 1:41.775
2 Marc Marquez SPA Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.203
3 Thomas Luthi SWI Suter Interwetten-Paddock +0.401
4 Toni Elias SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +0.452
5 Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +0.590
6 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.799
7 Alex De Angelis RSM Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.807
8 Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter Technomag-CIP +0.826
9 Johann Zarco FRA Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.894
10 Mika Kallio FIN Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.936
11 Ricard Cardus SPA AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +0.957
12 Claudio Corti ITA Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.002
13 Simone Corsi ITA FTR Came IodaRacing Project +1.009
14 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.121
15 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.143
16 Mike Di Meglio FRA Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +1.191
17 Anthony West AUS Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +1.368
18 Nicolas Terol SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.430
19 Yuki Takahashi JAP Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1.474
20 Randy Krummenacher SWI Suter GP Team Switzerland +1.496
21 Julian Simon SPA FTR Blusens Avintia +1.509
22 Esteve Rabat SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.661
23 Gino Rea GBR Moriwaki Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +2.068
24 Axel Pons SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.163
25 Max Neukirchner GER Kalex Kiefer Racing +2.245
26 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Moriwaki Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +2.307
27 Roberto Rolfo ITA Suter Technomag-CIP +2.370
28 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Up Speed Master +2.461
29 Angel Rodriguez SPA FTR SAG Team +2.923
30 Alexander Lundh SWE MZ FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +3.811
31 Elena Rosell SPA Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +4.351
32 Marco Colandrea ITA FTR SAG Team +5.515

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