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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Marquez: The most important thing was to be fast in full wet .
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was pleased with the pace of his RC213V in Friday’s brief dry running, but was even happier with its performance in the full wet condition of FP2. The Spaniard joined a number of riders in the closing stages of FP1 in fitting a set of slicks for a time attack, and was able to jump up the order to second with a 1m38.755s, a position that remained unchallenged on the combined timesheets thanks to heavy rain in the afternoon. Despite forecasts predicting the rest of the weekend to be dry, Marquez seized the opportunity the weather presented to work his wet set-up. Initially not too comfortable, a few changes for his second run in FP2 helped him greatly and he was able to go second quickest again, missing out on top spot by under half a tenth of a second. “It’s positive to have started well today, as here in Le Mans it’s important to be ready for any kind of condition,” the Spaniard said. “This morning there were mixed conditions with the track drying towards the end, allowing us to do the last exit on slicks. The feeling was good already, but the most important thing was to be able to be fast in full wet in FP2. “We worked a bit on the rain setting and in our second run I started to feel really good on the bike. We’ll see how the conditions are tomorrow; it looks like it will be dry and I hope that’s actually the case because it seems that the race will be a dry one and it will be important to set up the bike well.

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