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Viñales sets pre-qualifying pace in Germany final free practice

Viñales sets pre-qualifying pace in Germany final free practice

In the final free practice session at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland it was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who set the marker for this afternoon’s qualifying ahead of Danny Kent and Alex Rins.

Once again the Moto3™ field was lucky with the unpredictable German weather, as the rain stayed away until the final few minutes of the session. And it was Viñales who once again came out on top, setting the best time of the weekend so far with a 1.28’159, over seven tenths in front of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent. A further tenth behind was Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins, who has been improving steadily throughout all the sessions.

RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom finished the morning in fourth, as he hopes to challenge Viñales at the front. Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati made an appearance back towards the top of the timesheets again as he finished in fifth, ahead of Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Isaac Viñales, cousin to the morning’s pace setter. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Alberto Moncayo finished the session in seventh, ahead of Rins’ teammate Miguel Oliveira, who has been somewhat subdued this weekend.

Moncayo’s teammate and last year’s 125cc race winner Héctor Faubel was just over a second off the pace, with yesterday morning’s top rider Jakub Kornfeil, on board his Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, completing the top ten. Kornfeil, who is still second in the overall leader board, had a mechanical issue with 14 minutes remaining and was forced to retire.

Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi was the first crasher of the session as he lost the front of his machine with 33 minutes left, while at the end the spots of rain seemed to catch out Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Alan Techer and AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, as they both slid into the gravel. None of the riders were injured in the incidents.


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