Sport Luthi tops the timesheets in final free practice session

17:36  12 august  2017
17:36  12 august  2017 Source:

Dovizioso tops second free practice at Brno

  Dovizioso tops second free practice at Brno Andrea Dovizioso finished top to end Friday as the leading rider at Brno. The Italian took first by over four tenths with a late charge, beating out Jonas Folger and Danilo Petrucci, who finished second and third respectively. The session saw Ducati debut a radical new fairing, which saw a mixed response from onlookers… Twitter: #CzechGP the new outfit is here ! #forzaducati (@DucatiMotor) The fastest man in FP1, Johann Zarco, was fourth in FP2, with Hector Barbera and Scott Redding behind him in fifth and sixth. Dani Pedrosa finished in seventh, after spending the majority of the session in the lead. Last year’s winner, Cal Crutchlow, ended the session in eight position. Aleix Espargaro was ninth, with Marc Marquez all the way down in tenth. There were further shocks in the order, with Maverick Vinales down in 11th, and Valentino Rossi down in 14th place. MotoGP returns tomorrow for qualifying and the final free practice session.

Saturday’s final practice session to keep Ferrari at the top of the timesheets in the build-up to qualifying for Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.

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Tom Luthi ended the final free practice session in Austria on top, ending the morning in first place.

The Swiss rider led the rest of the field by 0.165 seconds, putting Luthi ahead of Sky VR46’s Francesco Bagnaia in second. Luthi will be hoping to repeat this form in qualifying, as he chases down Franco Morbidelli in the championship.

Mattia Pasini was third place in the session, with Alex Marquez coming in fourth. Miguel Oliveria finished the morning in fifth place, with Isaac Vinales coming an impressive sixth.

Franco Morbidelli was down in seventh place, with Luca Marini finishing in eighth. Fabio Quartararo was ninth with Dominique Aegerter finishing in tenth place. Xavi Vierge ended the session in eleventh place with Stefano Manzi ending the morning in twelfth place.

The Moto2 riders will be back out for qualifying in Austria later. The session gets underway at 14:05 BST as Luthi and Morbidelli both compete for the championship.

Morbidelli leads Marc VDS one-two at the Red Bull Ring .
Franco Morbidelli led home team-mate Alex Marquez at the Austrian Grand Prix for Marc VDS’ first one-two in the Moto2 class since 2014. Morbidelli’s dominant victory edges his tally to seven this season and puts him 26 points clear of Tom Luthi in the standings ahead of the British Grand Prix. The Italian nailed his launch off the line from second on the grid to take the lead into the first corner, with Luthi making his way through from fifth to second by the end of the opening lap. For the next handful of tours, Morbidelli led Luthi, with Marquez and polesitter Mattia Pasini all line astern. Luthi attempted to take the lead on lap four at Turn 3, but ran wide and allowed Marquez into second. The Swiss rider made a similar error on a number of occasions at the same corner, which allowed Morbidelli to remain in control at the front. With eight laps to go, Marquez made a lunge for the lead, but ran wide and allowed Luthi to finally secure second. Luthi lined up Morbidelli into the third corner in the closing stages, but ran wide once again, Marquez not needing a second invitation to retake second. By now, Morbidelli had opened his lead up to almost a second, while behind him KTM’s Miguel Oliveira set fastest lap after fastest lap as he chased down the podium. The Portuguese rider was right on the tail of Luthi with five laps to go when he suffered a heavy fall at the fast Turn 8.

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