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Masbou leads mixed Moto3™ Friday in Austin

 Masbou leads mixed Moto3™ Friday in Austin

A slow and wet start to the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas eventually saw Alexis Masbou lead the first day of practice.

The first practice of the day for Moto3™ was delayed by almost an hour. When action did get underway it was a wet affair, with Texas not quite living up to its reputation for sun and heat. It looks as though the rain will stay for the majority of the weekend, which could cause some interesting results come race day.

All riders improved their times in Free Practice 2 as the sun came out and the track began to dry. This is the first year that Austin has had a wet session and the track showed that it dried quickly. If there is only a morning shower tomorrow, there may still be a chance of dry Qualifying.

A 2’31.668 had Niccolo Antonelli leading the way in FP1, putting him comfortably at the top of the session. As conditions improved in the afternoon the Italian was pushing to claim the top spot before falling at Turn 12. He is having a much better year on the Honda and will be one to watch in Qualifying.

Andrea Locatelli of the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 had a strong opening day in America. The young Italian was third in FP1 and was challenging for the top spot in FP2 from early in the session. A 1’29.305 saw him finish second in combined times, just being beaten on the last lap by Masbou.

Much like last time out in Qatar, Danny Kent impressed on his Leopard Racing Honda. The British rider improved his FP1 time by over a second in FP2 as the track dried quickly, putting in a 2’29.843s  before sitting out the second half of the session. Kent helped to complete a top five lock out for Honda.

Championship leader Alexis Masbou was down in14th during FP1 before improving on his final lap of FP2 to go first. A 1’29.267s put him just 0.038s clear of Locatelli in second. The experienced French rider is on a strong run of form after claiming pole and a win at Qatar.

There were falls for Tatsuki Suzuki, Karel Hanika and Juanfran Guevara in FP1. Brad Binder, Andrea Migno, Phillip Oettl and Gabriel Rodrigo all falling along with Antonelli in FP2. Karel Hanika had a second fall of the day as well.

Click here for the combined Moto3™ practice session times from Friday in Austin.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, FP2, Andrea Locatelli, Danny Kent, Alexis Masbou

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