Espargaro Leads Smith On Friday At Mugello

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Pol Espargaro was the fastest man in Friday Practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello but Bradley Smith was hot on his heels, continuing his good run of form. The Tech 3 rider was in the top four in both practice sessions and his Mistral 610 may pick up even more pace before qualifying.

Smith, who has struggled particularly for straight line speed so far this year, will be running a new aerodynamic package on his bike tomorrow as Tech 3's hard work to bring updates to their home-built chassis continues. The British rider hasn't finished on the podium since this very race last season and he'll be hoping the upgrade help end that drought.

Espargaro will take some beating though if his performance today is anything to go by. The Pons rider was fastest in both sessions today with his best time of 1:52.745 two tenths quicker than Smith. Along with Espargaro, Thomas Luthi has work to do in order to revive his championship challenge and the Swiss rider was third quickest.

Andrea Iannone was the quickest of the home riders in fourth although he was one of only four riders to go slower in the afternoon than he had in the morning. Championship leader Marc Marquez, fresh from securing a factory Honda ride in MotoGP, was fifth with Simone Corsi becoming the second Italian rider to break into the top six. Scott Redding, eager to bounce back from his first DNF of the year in Germany, was seventh ahead of the Alex de Angelis and Mika Kallio, two men looking to build on podium finishes a week ago.

Mike Di Meglio suffered a crash in the morning session, making a difficult start to life at the MZ Racing Team. The Frenchman has taken the ride after Swedish rookie Alexander Lundh was given his marching orders by the team. Di Meglio was 23rd overall, five places ahead of Britain's Gino Rea who also struggled today.


Moto2 Gran Premio D'Italia TIM: Combined Friday Practice Classification

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti 1:52.745
2  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.221
3  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +0.434
4  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +0.484
5  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.516
6  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +0.563
7  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.597
8  Alex De Angelis FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.601
9  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.627
10  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.865
11  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.914
12  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +0.969
13  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.042
14  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.065
15  Randy Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland +1.077
16  Yuki Takahashi FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1.133
17  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +1.197
18  Ricard Cardus AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +1.419
19  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.449
20  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +1.777
21  Roberto Rolfo Suter Technomag-CIP +1.868
22  Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +1.924
23  Mike Di Meglio MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +1.948
24  Max Neukirchner Kalex Kiefer Racing +1.976
25  Julian Simon Suter Blusens Avintia +2.051
26  Toni Elias Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +2.187
27  Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team +2,459
28  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +2.652
29  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.837
30  Massimo Roccoli Bimota Desguaces La Torre SAG +2.977
31  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +3.753
32  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2 +4.119
33  Elena Rosell Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +5.277


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