Sport Marquez quickest in Moto2 FP2 at Le Mans

19:45  19 may  2017
19:45  19 may  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Norrodin tops damp opening practice from Le Mans

  Norrodin tops damp opening practice from Le Mans Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin utilised his prowess in damp conditions to end opening practice at Le Mans top of the pile on his SIC Racing Honda. Overnight rain left the 4.2km French circuit damp by the time FP1 got underway, and perhaps unsurprisingly it was British Talent Team’s John McPhee who led the way in the early stages of the session. Still topping the timesheets as the final few minutes ticked down, McPhee’s session was brought to an early end at Turn 3 when he slid into the gravel. Unharmed in the incident, a flurry of activity in the final minutes saw the Scotsman shuffled back to 14th. A number of riders all held top spot briefly at the end of their final laps, but it was Norrodin who edged ahead with a 1m51.468s, which put him just 0.040s clear of Niccolo Antonelli and 0.044s ahead of Andrea Migno, who completed the top three. Gabriel Rodrigo is still riding in some amount of discomfort, a legacy of his FP1 crash at Qatar at the start of the season. Despite this, the Argentinian shot up to fourth this morning ahead of CIP Mahindra’s Marco Bezzecchi and Sky VR46’s Nicolo Bulega. Lorenzo Dalla Porta will have been handed a massive confidence boost by his seventh place in FP1 at Le Mans having endured a torrid time so far this season. Just behind him was Danny Kent, who makes his first race appearance since sensationally splitting with the Kiefer Racing Moto2 team at the Americas Grand Prix. Temporary team-mate Bo Bendsneyder was ninth quickest on the second Red Bull KTM, with Jerez winner Aron Canet completing the top 10 from championship leader Joan Mir, Enea Bastianini and Tony Arbolino.

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The Repsol Honda pilot continued his record-setting momentum Friday into the opening day of practice at Le Mans . The 21-year-old Marquez topped the first two of four free practice sessions, posting a best time of 1:33.452 in the afternoon ( FP 2 ) session. This time was quicker than the Circuit Record posted

Alex Marquez has taken first position in the second practice session for the Moto2 class at the French GP.

Marquez took first late on after former MotoGP rider Yonny Hernandez held first position for the majority of the session. Hernandez would eventually end up third, with Francesco Bagnaia ending Friday in second place.

Franco Morbidelli was fourth, whilst Luca Marini was fifth. Xavi Vierge ended the day in sixth, with Simone Corsi and Hafizh Syahrin finishing behind him in seventh and eighth place respectively.

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Miguel Oliveria and Tom Luthi were the final riders inside the top ten, finishing ninth and tenth respectively.

Norrodin tops damp opening practice from Le Mans

  Norrodin tops damp opening practice from Le Mans Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin utilised his prowess in damp conditions to end opening practice at Le Mans top of the pile on his SIC Racing Honda. Overnight rain left the 4.2km French circuit damp by the time FP1 got underway, and perhaps unsurprisingly it was British Talent Team’s John McPhee who led the way in the early stages of the session. Still topping the timesheets as the final few minutes ticked down, McPhee’s session was brought to an early end at Turn 3 when he slid into the gravel. Unharmed in the incident, a flurry of activity in the final minutes saw the Scotsman shuffled back to 14th. A number of riders all held top spot briefly at the end of their final laps, but it was Norrodin who edged ahead with a 1m51.468s, which put him just 0.040s clear of Niccolo Antonelli and 0.044s ahead of Andrea Migno, who completed the top three. Gabriel Rodrigo is still riding in some amount of discomfort, a legacy of his FP1 crash at Qatar at the start of the season. Despite this, the Argentinian shot up to fourth this morning ahead of CIP Mahindra’s Marco Bezzecchi and Sky VR46’s Nicolo Bulega. Lorenzo Dalla Porta will have been handed a massive confidence boost by his seventh place in FP1 at Le Mans having endured a torrid time so far this season. Just behind him was Danny Kent, who makes his first race appearance since sensationally splitting with the Kiefer Racing Moto2 team at the Americas Grand Prix. Temporary team-mate Bo Bendsneyder was ninth quickest on the second Red Bull KTM, with Jerez winner Aron Canet completing the top 10 from championship leader Joan Mir, Enea Bastianini and Tony Arbolino.

Gastroenteritis stopped Marc Marquez returning for FP 2 in Sepang, but a downpour prior to the second session meant he remained fastest.

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Tarran Mackenzie, replacing Danny Kent for the rest of the season at the Kiefer Racing squad, was one of the fallers during this session. The Scot crashed out early on, but came home in 25th place, in front of his Dad’s rival’s son, Remy Gardner.

The Moto2 riders will be back out tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying to decide the order for Sunday’s race.

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Vinales wins at Le Mans as Rossi crashes out .
Maverick Vinales made a big championship statement by taking the win at Le Mans as rivals failed to finish. Thanks to falls for both Marc Marquez and teammate Valentino Rossi, Vinales takes the championship lead, and also puts himself in the driving seat. The race began at Le Mans with a great start for Johann Zarco. The Frenchman, in front of his home crowd, took the hole shot and attempted to gap the field. However, Vinales was not going to let the double Moto2 world champion get away, and was able to keep pace with the Frenchman. Valentino Rossi was not far behind them, with Marc Marquez just keeping up with the leading group. Vinales was eventually able to get past Zarco and attempted to get away from the French rider. However, Valentino Rossi saw this and was able to take Zarco and fight with Vinales for the lead. Marc Marquez crashed out of the French GP at turn three, a place where the Spaniard has frequently crashed all weekend. This is yet another DNF for the three-time world champion, something that will do his championship chances no good at all. With Rossi and Vinales battling it out, it looked to be Rossi who would take the win after attempting a move on Vinales. However, after making a mistake on the final lap, Rossi ended up in second. Then going into turn 11, Rossi went in way too hot and slid out of the race. This handed Vinales the win, and gifted Dani Pedrosa another podium finish, bumping him up to second in the standings.

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