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Oliveira leads the way in red-flagged Aragón practice run

Oliveira leads the way in red-flagged Aragón practice run

In a curtailed first practice session at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón the Moto3™ riders struggled with damp conditions at the Spanish circuit, with Estrella Galicia 0'0 rider Miguel Oliveira crashing but still finishing at the top of the timesheet, ahead of Luis Salom and Jonas Folger.

The Portuguese rider, who currently sits ninth in the World Championship standings, coped best with the wet track to head the session with a time of 2:11.415 on his Suter Honda machine, before a crash which saw the session terminated.

The red flag was brought out with just under five minutes remaining after Oliveira and JHK t-shirt Laglisse rider Adrián Martín crashed, leaving marshals to clean debris and an oil spillage from the track, delaying the start of MotoGP.

Behind Oliveira on the FP1 timesheet was RW Racing GP’s Salom who was 1.355 behind the pace setter, with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 rider Folger in third – 1.424 off the pace.

Championship leader Sandro Cortese was fourth quickest, with his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Danny Kent completing the top five.

The top ten was completed by Airasia - SIC – Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, RW Racing GP’s Brad Binder, Estrella Galicia 0'0 rider Alex Rins, Bradol Larresport wild card Jorge Navarro and talented Blusens Avintia Spaniard Maverick Viñales.

The red flag incident saw the session terminated and MotoGP™ and Moto2™ proceedings delayed significantly as Loris Capirossi and his safety officials ensured the track was clean for the later free practice sessions to take place.

There were also crashes for Rins, Niccolò Antonelli, Armando Pontone, Danny Webb and Efrén Vázquez, though fortunately none of the riders were hurt in the incidents.


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