Fenati fastest in San Marino second free practice

Friday, 14 September 2012

In the final few minutes on a near-dry racing line it was Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati who set the pace in Misano during the second free practice at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini ahead of Maverick Viñales and Jonas Folger.

The session started with a bout of rain, yet this soon stopped and riders spent most of the session creating a dry line. With five minutes left to go some riders braved the track and opted for slicks, which is what Fenati used to post his time of 1.49’965. After the taking the chequered flag the Italian crashed in the first corner after his right knee slider fell off and hit the rear wheel. Thankfully Fenati was unhurt in the incident. He finished just over one second ahead of Blusens Avintia’s Viñales, who was also on slicks. Last race winner, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, kept on his wet tyres as he was putting in consistently fast laps, and ended the day just over a tenth off the Spaniard.

Elle 2-Ciatti’s wildcard Kevin Calia made use of his local track knowledge to bring his Honda home in fourth, ahead of Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Alberto Moncayo. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent did well to recover from his tumble in the morning session to end the day sixth fastest, holding off the challenge from Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins. Kent’s teammate and championship leader Sandro Cortese also kept hold of his wet tyres, like Folger, and posted the eighth quickest time.

Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil and the morning’s pace-setter, AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, rounded out the top ten. Apart from Fenati’s crash, Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller suffered his second fall of the day, but walked away unscathed and managed to re-join.

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