Salom fastest in rain-affected third practice

Friday, 5 April 2013

Luis Salom remained on top in the third and final Moto3™ practice session at Losail, although another brief rain shower effectively ended proceedings early.

The Losail International Circuit may be located in a desert, but lightning was spotted during the session and drops of rain had already fallen before the preceding MotoGP™ practice period. The showers were not heavy, but a further sprinkling prevented the majority from improving lap times as the Moto3 runners enjoying their final track time ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session.

Salom, who had already topped the timesheets on Thursday, this time led the way for Red Bull KTM Ajo with 2’08.167. His closest challenger was Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Álex Rins as Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller and Mahindra Racing’s Efrén Vázquez completed the top five.

As the mechanics kept a close eye on the skies, no less than three incidents came in the early stages as Niccolò Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3), John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) and Eric Granado (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) all suffered falls.

Further up the order, the second Estrella Galicia of Álex Márquez finished sixth from the still injured Maverick Viñales (Team Calvo). Completing the first ten were San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb (the leading British representative) and Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo.

Moto3™ will be back in action on Saturday evening, launching the night’s track action with Qualifying from 6pm local time (GMT +3).

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