Márquez, below the record in the second free session of Japan

Marc Márquez (CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) has shone in the second free session of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan by signing the best lap given to date in the Motegi track in the Moto2 ™ category. The final turn of the category leader has displaced Bradley Smith to second place. Scott Redding has registered the third fastest time.


The leader of the category, Marc Márquez, has given a stroke of authority in the first day of free practice of the Grand Prix AirAsia of Japan. Third in FP1, the Lleida-born CatalunyaCaixa Repsol surprised with a final attack in the afternoon session to complete his last lap in a time of 1.51.834, a new absolute record in the Asian track where no one had passed the barrier until now of 1.52 on a Moto2 ™.

The performance of Cervera has overtaken Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) after the Briton previously beat the record a few minutes earlier. Smith has followed the wheel of Pol Espargaró during much of the training, benefiting from the slipstream on the straights to balance the lack of top speed of the Mistral 610. Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) has consolidated his good morning performance placing himself among the first three.

Almost always with Smith stuck to his rear wheel, Espargaró (Tuenti Movil HP 40) has finished scoring the 4th best record, ahead of the Swiss Tom Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock), which has improved drastically with respect to FP1. Esteve Rabat has led the morning session and has remained in prominent positions also in the afternoon (6th) with Nico Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) very close. Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) has gone down in the FP1 but has come back strong in the second session and has finished the training in eighth position. Behind, Julián Simón (Blusens Avintia) and Mika Kallio have completed the top ten places.

Andrea Iannone (Speed ​​Master) has seemed out of tune almost all day and has gone to the floor during the first half of training. Back on the track in the final minutes, it has been ranked 25th. Toni Elías has premiered his participation in the Italtrans Racing team with a discreet 16th place on the timesheet. The Manresa driver was 6th in the FP1 but in the afternoon he has not improved his morning record and has regressed to half the group.