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Kent leads wet first Moto3™ practice session at Silverstone

Kent leads wet first Moto3™ practice session at Silverstone

In a wet and cold first free practice session at the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s local rider Danny Kent who set the early pace ahead of teammate Arthur Sissis and Efrén Vázquez.

In rainy conditions and temperatures no higher that 14°C it was the British rider who coped best with the slippery track to post a best time of 2.37.401, over six tenths ahead of Sissis, who slid off track in the final minute of the session. Third place went to JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Vázquez, who was a further tenth down on Sissis.

In fourth, Kent’s championship leading teammate Sandro Cortese looked to have recovered from his hand injury in the last round, finishing ahead of Le Mans wet-race winner, Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi. Sixth spot is occupied by IodaRacing Project’s Jonas Folger, who will be pleased with his pace, after a difficult season so far.

Ambrogio Next Racing’s Simone Grotzkyj was seventh fastest, in front of Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales in eighth. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira and Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema round out the top ten, despite the latter crashing out in the final seconds.

The wet weather caught some riders out early on, as Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou and Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb crashed out with 26 minutes remaining, followed shortly by Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati. AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli also slid off with 10 minutes left, but both managed to remount. None of the riders were injured in the crashes.


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