News 16 Jul 2011

Luthi and Terol fastest on Friday in Moto2 and 125GP at Sachsenring

Thomas Luthi topped the Moto2 time sheets during Friday practice in Germany.

Thomas Luthi topped the Moto2 time sheets during Friday practice in Germany.

Interwetten Paddock Moto2 rider Thomas Lüthi posted the fastest Moto2 time of the day, a 1:25.458, nearly a second quicker than his FP1 time.

He was pursued by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), a frontrunner for much of the second practice session who clocked a fast lap of 1:25.460, with Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) completing the top three of the day with a lap of 1:25.468.

Fourth fastest was Englishman Scott Redding of the Marc VDS Racing team, setting a time of 1’25.529, followed by current Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing), who set a lap of 1:25.577 to rank fifth fastest of the day on his home turf.

Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), who won last year’s 125cc race here, made it to sixth position in the timings as he put down a lap of 1’25.628, while Bradley Smith of Tech 3 Racing occupied seventh spot, just 0.004s down on the Spaniard.

Mapfre Aspar’s Julián Simón made an impressive return to action having been out injured with a broken leg since early June, ranking eighth in the field of 39 riders with a time of 1:25.647, ahead of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) in ninth with a 1:25.667, and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) whose lap of 1:25.760 completed the top 10.

Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) in 13th position was the last rider under the 1:26 mark in the second session, with a time of 1:25.962.

Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) set a time of 1:28.483, 0.375s faster than his FP1 time, to jump ahead of his team mate Héctor Faubel by seven-thousandths of a second in the 125cc class afternoon session and top the day’s timings.

Faubel, who had dominated the timings for most of the 40 minute practice, posted a time of 1:28.490, which was 0.635s quicker than his FP1 fastest lap.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) upped his pace to grab the third spot in the session with a time of 1:28.655, with Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) again completing a Spanish top four with a 1:28.971, the last of the riders under the 1:29 mark.

Philipp Oettl and Florian Alt, the two 15-year-old Germans, teamed up to put themselves on the front row of the grid for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup races at the Sachsenring. In seventh place is points leader Arthur Sissis, the 16-year-old Australian.