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Viñales jumps to the front of the 125 field

Viñales jumps to the front of the 125 field

The young Spaniard shot to the top of the afternoon free practice session at the Motegi circuit ahead of Johann Zarco and Nicolas Terol.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) streaked to the top of FP2 Friday afternoon, for the rookie’s second session around the Japanese track ever. The 16 year old posted the best lap of the day with a 1’59.273, two tenths quicker than Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) who was second quickest in the session and three tenths faster than Terol (Bankia Aspar), who had dominated the earlier session but was the only rider, outside of Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) who crashed out of the session, unable to improve upon his morning time which left him second in the combined times.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was fourth quickest, posting a time of 1’59.850, an improvement of one second over his morning time, with Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Civica) trailing by four tenths behind the German to end the day in fifth.

A tightly bunched Spanish group followed with Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) 0.027s ahead of team mate Héctor Faubel with Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) trailing just 7 thousandths of a second behind.

Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) was ninth in the combined times with a 2’00.506 with Vázquez landing tenth for the day after going down in the same corner as replacement for Miguel Oliveira on the Team Andalucía Banca Cívica team, Brad Binder, and being carried off on a stretcher.

Louis Rossi (Matteoni Racing) ended the day 11th, with Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta-Centro Seta) following.

125cc, 2011, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2

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