News 14 Oct 2011

Bradl tops dramatic Moto2 affair on Friday at Phillip Island

Stefan Bradl was the clear pace-setter on Friday in Moto2 at Phillip Island.

Stefan Bradl was the clear pace-setter on Friday in Moto2 at Phillip Island.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) was the fastest rider of the day in the intermediate class as his morning session time of 1’34.039 placed him just over four-tenths of a second ahead of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) and Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) in the combined session times.

Bradl was the only rider in the top ten who did not improve his time in the afternoon session, and the German had a crash in the closing stages of the first practice.

Slotting into fourth was Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) with a time of 1’34.600, ahead of the British duo of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing).

Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing), who had ranked third in the morning practice finished the day seventh overall with his best lap of 1’34.964, with Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) following the Finn. Yuki Takahashi of the Gresini Racing team completed the top ten.

Championship leader Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), who crashed twice in the first session with the final incident a collision with Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda Singha-SAG), ranked 17th overall.

Wilairot was not able to participate in the afternoon session after being transferred to hospital for precautionary medical checks.

The incident was examined by Race Direction, who reprimanded Márquez for ‘riding in an irresponsible manner’ with a one-minute penalty to be added to his best lap time in tomorrow’s qualifying session.

Márquez’s team lodged an appeal against the decision, following which FIM stewards confirmed the decision of Race Direction.

Ant West was at his aggressive best in the morning session, taking seventh fastest on his MZ Racing machine, while Moto2 wild cards Blake Leigh-Smith and Kris McLaren recovered from a disastrous first session to post solid times in the afternoon.

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