News 30 Sep 2011

Lüthi surprises with top Moto2 practice time on Friday in Japan

Thomas Lüthi was fastest in Moto2 during practice on Friday at Motegi.

Thomas Lüthi was fastest in Moto2 during practice on Friday at Motegi.

Interwetten Paddock Moto2 rider Thomas Lüthi put in a strong performance on Friday posting the fastest time of the day with a 1’53.002 in the afternoon outing. Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) stepped into second in the combined times with a 1’53.182, and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) laid down a flyer in the last seconds to land him third.

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), who celebrates his 21st birthday today, topped the session at the 15-minute mark and held the lead spot with consistent fast laps until getting bumped down the line and ending up one-tenth of a second behind the Japanese rider to end the day in fourth.

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) picked up his pace by a second from the morning to take fifth in the combined times, 0.057s ahead of the morning’s fastest rider Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing).

Seventh went to Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), whose time of 1’53.583 was five-hundredths quicker than Championship contender Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), followed by Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) in ninth and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) in tenth.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) was unable to improve on his FP1 effort, lapping a tenth slower to land him 11th for the day, followed by Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 B) and Takaaki Nakagami, who replaces Claudio Corti on the Italtrans Racing team for this round.

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