Kent impresses in first free practice at Indianapolis

Friday, 17 August 2012

Under sunny skies yet tricky track conditions it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent who set the early pace in the first Moto3™ practice at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix ahead of Jack Miller and Jonas Folger.

Having spent five weeks away from any circuit, the Moto3™ grid was greeted by a largely wet track from an earlier downpour. And for the majority of the session, the riders were circling the famous Brickyard as the surface slowly dried out towards the end. Kent made the most of this in the final seconds of practice, as he crossed the line with a time of 1.53’645, under a tenth ahead of Caretta Technology’s Miller. Surprise of the morning was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s new addition Folger, who looked instantly at home on his new machine.

He finished ahead of early pace setter Miguel Oliveira, on board his Estrella Galicia 0,0 machine, who ousted Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader Sandro Cortese into fifth. His closest rival, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, was however only fractionally behind in sixth. Miller’s teammate Alexis Masbou ended the morning session in seventh, in front of Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati and Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema. Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins rounded out the top ten.

The first free practice was largely incident-free, apart from a crash from Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi, who slid off into the grass. He was unhurt in the incident, yet finished down in 21st place.

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