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Kent leads the way in Motegi practices

Kent leads the way in Motegi practices

As Friday’s Moto3™ activity concluded at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) was ahead of the pack in FP2, with Alex Rins and Miguel Oliveira also towards the top of the timesheet.

Briton Kent, who won the 2012 Moto3 race in Japan, was the fastest rider in both Friday sessions, setting a rapid pace at Motegi. His 1’57.317 best lap of the day is a new record for the circuit wiping more than a second off his own previous record from two years ago - which was the lap that had given Kent pole for the 2012 race.

Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) trailed Kent by 0.058s and 0.101s respectively in second and third. The top five was completed by Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3).

In perfect riding conditions, which contrasted with last years disruptively wet and misty weather on day one in Japan, all the riders remained upright in FP2, the majority improving their times over FP1.

Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN), Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team), Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) and Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team) rounded out the top ten.

For full Moto3 Motegi FP2 results click here.


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