Nakagami tops day one in slippery conditions

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Takaaki Nakagami has topped the opening day of Moto2 action at Jerez, as high track temperatures brought about a slippery track at the notoriously low-grip Spanish circuit.

 The Japanese rider finished the day only 0.023 ahead of Jonas Folger, unable to improve on his time from FP1 in the second outing of the day. Lorenzo Baldassari was another unable to improve, but still able to finish the day in third.

Brit Sam Lowes was fourth, content with his pace as he keeps his best allocation of tyres in hand for tomorrow, while Thomas Luthi and the Speed-Up mounted Xavier Simeon rounded out the provisional second row.

World champion Johann Zarco was seventh, ahead of Dominique Aegerter, Simone Corsi and Sandro Cortese.

Reigning Moto3 world champion Danny Kent, who was able to run seventh in FP1, finished the day in 17th, pleased with his progress despite the improvement in time.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer