Zarco Tops Eventful Friday Practice At Aragon

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Johann Zarco was the quickest rider in Moto2 practice ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix on a day which saw wet weather cause accidents aplenty. The Frenchman found the best of the conditions in FP2 to beat Andrea Iannone by a tenth of a second after the Speed Master rider had topped the morning session.

The intermediate class had to wait an extra hour before getting out on track after Danny Webb’s Mahindra dropped oil during the Moto3 session. When it did get underway, Julian Simon was the first man up to speed and led for most of the morning, only to be knocked off the top in the final five minutes. Iannone sneaked in front of the Avintia Blusens rider before a last minute flier saw him edge out Gino Rea.

In the afternoon, Zarco was dominant with his fastest lap of 2:07.844 coming midway through the session. The JIR rider was among those to fall victim to the elements though, crashing seven minutes from time, while Tech 3’s Xavier Simeon slid off not once, but twice, with the second fall leaving him rather dazed. Even the championship leader Marc Marquez was affected as he fell in the closing minutes while his closest rival Pol Espargaro was one of several riders to outbrake himself at turn twelve and run through the escape road.

The final leaderboard at the end of the day saw Zarco lead Iannone and Alex De Angelis, another rider to crash in the afternoon, with Thomas Luthi, Gino Rea and Claudio Corti completing the top six. Julian Simon took seventh ahead of the groggy Simeon, wet-weather specialist Anthony West and Marcel Schrotter. Title rivals Marquez and Espargaro were eleventh and twelfth with British duo Scott Redding and Bradley Smith three places further back.


Moto2 Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon: Combined Friday Practice Classification

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 2:07.844
2  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +0.137
3  Alex De Angelis FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.290
4  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +0.346
5  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini +0.548
6  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.727
7  Julian Simon Suter Blusens Avintia +0.955
8  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.221
9  Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team +1.282
10  Marcel Schrotter Bimota Desguaces La Torre SAG +1.425
11  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +1.481
12  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.569
13  Mike Di Meglio Kalex Kiefer Racing +1.596
14  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +1.660
15  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.665
16  Jordi Torres Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +1.728
17  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +1.807
18  Tomoyoshi Koyama Suter Technomag-CIP +1.960
19  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 +1.992
20  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +2.608
21  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +2.880
22  Yuki Takahashi FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +2.914
23  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +3.106
24  A Marinelarena (WC) Suter Motorsport +3.258
25  Steven Odendaal AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +3.430
26  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +3.927
27  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda PTT Gresini +5.399
28  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +5.785
29  Jesco Raffin Suter GP Team Switzerland +5.864
30  Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +6.054
31  Elena Rosell Speed Up QMMF Racing Team +7.212
32  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +7.647
33  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2 +8.320


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