Nakagami remains in charge

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) has continued his rich vein of form at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017, dominating the second crash-strewn Moto2 practice session this afternoon.

While the flying Nakagami (1:33.310) remained upright in the 45-minute session, the same can’t be said for a number of his contemporaries who all crashed out.

The headline-grabbing spill belonged to Swiss rider Tom Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten), who’s embroiled in a tight battle for the championship with Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0).

Luthi, the 2016 Phillip Island Moto2 winner, lost the front end at turn six 10 minutes into the session, but returned to action with seven minutes remaining. He completed the session in 11th position (1:34.629), while at the sharp end Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing, 1:34.020) was second ahead of Pecco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46, 1:33.217), Motegi winner Alex Marquez (EG 0,0, 1:34.220), Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP40, 1:34.236) and Portuguese gun Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo, 1:34.335).

Morbidelli (1:34.336), who leads Luthi by 19 points, was seventh on the FP2 timesheet.

Australia’s Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) was 19th overall, a five-spot improvement on FP1.

FP3 will be held at 11:55am on Saturday, followed by qualifying at 4:05pm.

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