The Japanese rider was ably assisted by a huge hole being cut through the air by a train of riders ahead of him so it is worth taking his actual time with a pinch of salt. Throughout most of the session Takahashi struggled for pace but on his final run the Gresini rider found some time and would have been comfortably in the top eight even without a helping hand.
Scott Redding and Stefan Bradl were second and third fastest with both riders continuing their strong form from the opening session. Redding in particular looked capable of setting fast times at will and he should be a strong contender throughout the weekend.
Andrea Iannone was in no hurry to start the session, with eight minutes to go he was still out of his leathers, but when he took to the track he was as rapid as ever and ended the day fourth fastest. The main issue that affected Thomas Luthi in 2010 was his inability to qualify well. The Swiss rider showed that he had some good one lap pace today and ended the session fifth. He is always one of the most consistent racers in Moto2 so if he can qualify well on Saturday he will be a contender for the podium at the very least.
Marc Marquez was incredibly impressive today. The young Spaniard has made the jump to Moto2 look elementary ending the day sixth fastest. The transition from two-stroke 125 machine to Moto2 confused a host of talented racers last season but Marquez has taken to the new class like a duck to water and looks ready to compete at the very sharp end right from the start of the season.
Michele Pirro rounded off a good day for Gresini with the seventh fastest time, 0.8s adrift of teammate Takahashi’s leading time.
It was a challenging day for World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu with the Turkish star ended the day 2.5s off the pace and in 28th position. Pol Espargaro joined him near the bottom of the timesheets with the Spanish youngster crashing during the session.
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