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Fenati sets early pace in Jerez Moto3™ FP1

Italian Rookie Romano Fenati of Team Italia FMI laid down the gauntlet at the first European round of the Moto3™ championship at the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez, with championship leader Maverick Viñales and last year´s pole sitter Sandro Cortese closely behind.

In mostly dry but overcast conditions it was Moto3™ title favorite Maverick Viñales of the Blusens Avintia squad who topped the timesheets early on with rival rivals Miguel Oliveira of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team and RW Racing GP´s Luis Salom in tow.

It was however Fenati who soon shot out in front with a time of 1.49´760, beating Viñales´ time by just over two tenths. Red Bull KTM Ajo´s German rider Sandro Cortese soon upped the pace and put his bike third in the standings a further two tenths off.

Oliveira and Salom finished fourth and fifth respectively, followed by a resurgent Hector Faubel of the Bankia Aspar team. Faubel did however suffer a heavy crash in the latter stages, causing the session to be red-flagged. Early reports indicate a suspected injury to his right knee.

The track was reopened shortly after with eight minutes to go, after which Cortese´s team mates Arthur Sissis and Danny Kent continued their impressive form to occupy seventh and eight spot, with Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta rider Jakub Kornfeil in ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Faubel´s team mate Alberto Moncayo, who had a few wobbles throughout wrestling with his Kalex KTM. Two minutes before the end it started to drizzle, after which all riders returned to the pits.

A noticeable absence on the Moto3™ entry list was German rider Jonas Folger of the IodaRacing Project, who misses the weekend due to glandular fever.

Moto3, 2012, FP1

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