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Sport Marquez quickest in Moto2 FP2 at Le Mans

19:45  19 may  2017
19:45  19 may  2017 Source:   readsport.co

British Supersport champion Mackenzie replaces Kent at Kiefer

  British Supersport champion Mackenzie replaces Kent at Kiefer Reigning British Supersport Champion Tarran Mackenzie will make his grand prix debut at next weekend’s French Grand Prix, as the Scotsman replaces Danny Kent at Kiefer Racing for the remainder of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship. 2015 Moto3 world champion Kent sensationally departed the squad with whom he won the lightweight class crown on the eve of racing at the Circuit of the Americas, Kent citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ and the fact he felt held back by the Kiefer outfit as his reasoning. Kent will be racing at Le Mans, the Briton making a return to the Moto3 class for a wildcard appearance with former team Red Bull KTM Ajo. Mackenzie, who is the son of seven-times 500cc podium finisher and triple British Superbike champion Neill Mackenzie, raced in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2012 and 2013 before making a switch to the British Championship. Currently in the midst of a halcyon run on the McAMS Yamaha R6 in the 2017 British Supersport series, the Scotsman winning all six races so far in his title defence, Mackenzie has expressed his delight at being given the opportunity to race in Moto2 and his gratitude to his McAMS team for their understanding. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Kiefer Racing has offered me in the Moto2 World Championship, and I’m looking forward to this new challenge, although it won’t be easy in this championship,” he said. “I will always do my best to justify the confidence in me that Stefan (Kiefer, team boss) and his team have shown. “I would also like to thank McAMS Yamaha Team and Yamaha UK for making it possible for me to realise my dream, and I will always remember our time together.

The Swiss rider is hoping to return to the podium at the Malaysian GP for the first time since his win at Le Mans . Folger quickest out of the blocks in Moto 2 ™ FP1. Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time in Friday morning’s FP1 to finish ahead of Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi.

Le Mans . Moto 2 was the only category to see a dry first practice but in FP 2 riders found themselves having to deal with the rain. The Jerez race winner proved to be the quickest in the wet with a time of 1’46”931, closing almost eight At Le Mans Marquez dominates ahead of Petrucci and Rossi.

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.

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) ended the second test of the Moto 2 ™ season on top of the timesheets, fastest on Day 3 and quickest overall with a 1 Jeff Fox, Retired President/CEO Of Le Mans Corporation, R.I.P. World Superbike: Jonathan Rea Tops Dry FP3 At Donington Park (Updated).

Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) who was third in Le Mans in the Moto 2 class last season, looked set to achieve the quickest time in FP 2 until the dying Sixth place went to Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) who secured his first pole position in the 125cc class at Le Mans in 2009.

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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