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Rins fastest on incident-packed afternoon

Rins fastest on incident-packed afternoon

Alex Rins topped the timesheets in a dramatic second Moto3™ practice session for the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. As the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider moved to the front, there were crashes for numerous riders including teammate Alex Marquez and championship leader Luis Salom.

Rins set the pace with his best lap of 1’43.457, six tenths of a second faster than his own previous track record of 2012. Maverick Viñales (Team Calvo), who had been fastest early on, was second from Marquez who would end the session with a fall.

Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) was fourth and three quarters of a second off the leading pace, while South Africa’s Brad Binder shone by finishing inside the top five as Ambrogio Racing used Mahindra motorcycles for the first time.

Championship leader Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed 15 minutes before the chequered flag came out, losing control of his machine at the final corner; thrown off the bike, his left knee struck the race track as the rider landed. Although he departed the scene with a limp, the Mallorcan was soon able to rejoin the session.

In addition to Marquez and Salom, the eventful period also featured mishaps for CIP Moto3 pairing Alan Techer and Juanfran Guevara plus GO&FUN Gresini Moto3’s Lorenzo Baldassarri and Ongetta-Rivacold Alexis Masbou. Luca Marini, the 16-year-old half-brother of nine-time champion Valentino Rossi, ended the day 27th quickest as he made his first wildcard appearance for Twelve Racing.

Saturday’s Moto3™ Free Practice 3 will start at 9am local time (GMT +2).


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