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Rossi sets benchmark in Catalunya second free practice

Rossi sets benchmark in Catalunya second free practice

Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi set the benchmark for the weekend in the second Moto3™ practice session of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya ahead of Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales.

Le Mans race winner Rossi set the fastest time of the combined timesheets in the second practice session of the day with a lap of 1.52’624, ousting local favourite Viñales, who was just over one tenth behind. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese was marginally behind in third, giving spectators hope of a close battle on Sunday.

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira set the fourth fastest time over half a second behind Cortese. The Portuguese rider has been in good form all day, as he looks to kick start his season. In fifth, Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent was starting to show some of his pre-season form, as he looks to emulate his championship-leading counterpart. Sixth place is occupied by Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who is familiar with the Catalan track, having raced here previously.

Bankia Aspar’s Hector Faubel will be looking to put in a good showing in front of his home crowd, as he put his machine in seventh. He is followed by AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin in eighth place, and RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom in ninth, while Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou completes the top ten.

Approximately 11 minutes before the end, Italian youngster Luigi Morciano high-sided himself of his Ioda Team Italia bike, with Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Kenta Fujii doing very well to avoid the crash. Morciano walked away from the crash unscathed.


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