Viñales goes quickest in second free practice at Brno

Friday, 24 August 2012

On the first day of practice at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky it was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who went quickest in front of Jakub Kornfeil and Danny Kent by setting the top time in the afternoon session.

Spaniard Viñales was in scorching form on the opening day, as he posted the fastest time of 2.09’480 to make his intentions clear this weekend, having to make up for his DNF last time out. It was however local rider Kornfeil on board his Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta that stole the show to take second spot of the day with a lap just under three tenths off the top. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent finished the day in third, doing well to recover from his crash in the morning.

AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin had led a large part of the practice, yet was unable to capitalise on this in the final stages. He nonetheless ended the day in a respectable fourth, ahead of San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli, who improved significantly on his showing in the morning session. RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, last race’s winner, brought his bike home in sixth, over seven tenths off Viñales in top spot. Behind him, Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi came in seventh, after what proved to be another successful outing for the French youngster.

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who was fastest in the morning session, was the only rider not to improve his time in the afternoon and came in eighth, ahead of championship leading compatriot Sandro Cortese. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider only jumped into that position after his final lap, with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira completing the top ten. Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins crashed out of the session with 16 minutes left, whilst MZ Racing’s Toni Finsterbusch did the same earlier in the afternoon. None of the riders were injured.

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