Friday, April 6, 2012

Luthi confirms pace in second practice

Thomas Luthi FP2 Losail 2012

After topping the first Moto2 practice session at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday, Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock) was again the quickest in FP2 as the Swiss rider led the timesheet with a best effort of 2'00.767.

Lüthi led a top three which included Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing Team) and Pol Espargaró (Pons 40 HP Tuenti), with the Italian also getting under 2'01” in a best time of 2'00.918. Espargaró and team-mate Esteve Rabat, who was fourth fastest, were the last riders to lap within 0.5s of Lüthi.

Marc VDS Racing Team riders Scott Redding and Mika Kallio were separated by just 0.024s in fifth and sixth positions respectively, with 2011 Championship runner-up Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) seventh.

Mike di Meglio (S/Master Speed Up), Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and former Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías (Mapfre Aspar Team) completed the top 10 with Japanese rider Nakagami just under a second off Lüthi.

British rider Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) ended the session 15th, whilst Gino Rea (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) closed in 27th after having a crash towards the end of the session. Belgian rider Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 Racing) also had a tumble towards the end of the practice.

source: MotoGP Official

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