Simeon Leads For Tech 3 In San Marino

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Xavier Simeon left the Tech 3 team hoping for a wet race on Sunday after a sensational performance on the opening day of practice at Misano. The Belgian rider coped best with the difficult weather conditions to outpace Claudio Corti and Johann Zarco.

Zarco, on the JIR Motobi, was quickest of all in the morning but the Moto2 riders never got the chance to ride on a fully dry track. Zarco had topped FP1 with a 1:52.183 and rain towards the end of the second MotoGP session meant there was no chance of that being beaten when FP2 first got underway.

The rain certainly wasn’t bothering Gino Rea though as the British rider dominated early on. The Gresini rider lowered the benchmark time to a 1:53.034 before relinquishing the lead back to Zarco but just as he did, he highsided his Suter at turn five. Zarco wasn’t immune to the dangers of wet-weather riding himself though and tumbled at the final corner shortly afterwards.

With the top two out of action for the rest of the afternoon, Claudio Corti took over at the top of the timesheets for Italtrans Racing but his spell of superiority was ended by Simeon who broke into the 1:51s, the only rider to do so all day. Corti finished up in second place with Zarco falling to third after his fall.

MotoGP-bound Andrea Iannone took fourth ahead of Mika Kallio who suffered a similar accident to Rea at turn five. The Londoner was pushed back to seventh by Julian Simon while Thomas Luthi, Marcel Schrotter and Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten. Scott Redding didn’t enjoy the smoothest day on his Marc VDS Kalex with a crash in FP1 at turn 16 before finishing a disappointing sixteenth in the afternoon.


Moto2 GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini

Combined Friday Practice Classification:

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing 1:51.874
2  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.161
3  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.309
4  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +0.442
5  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.695
6  Julian Simon Suter Blusens Avintia +0.817
7  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini +0.860
8  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +1.029
9  Marcel Schrotter Bimota Desguaces La Torre SAG +1.093
10  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.153
11  Jordi Torres Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +1.155
12  Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team +1.182
13  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +1.302
14  Yuki Takahashi FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1.613
15  Alex De Angelis FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +2.015
16  Randy Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland +2.113
17  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +2.124
18  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.330
19  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.473
20  Tomoyoshi Koyama Suter Technomag-CIP +2.539
21  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +2.892
22  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +3.153
23  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +3.234
24  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +3.947
25  Mike Di Meglio Kalex Kiefer Racing +4.507
26  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda PTT Gresini +4.832
27  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +6.183
28  Elena Rosell Speed Up QMMF Racing Team +6.284
29  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +6.403
30  Steven Odendaal AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +6.728
31  Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +7.474


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