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Italian riders set pace on first day of Moto3™ Practice

Italian riders set pace on first day of Moto3™ Practice

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli set the pace on the first day of practice in Mugello, after Enea Bastianini had topped FP1.

It was another good day for Italian riders in front of their passionate home fans, as they carried on where they had left on in Le Mans. After locking out the podium at the French GP, it was Gresini Racing Moto3’s Bastianini who led the way in FP1, before Antonelli set the fastest time of the day in FP2 to top the combined timesheets with a 1’57.616. This time was two-tenths faster than the Circuit Record at Mugello set during the race in 2013 by Efren Vazquez, although it is still some way off Alex Rins’ Pole Record from last year, a 1’56.999.

Leopard Racing’s Vazquez improved by over a second over the two sessions to end the day in 2nd overall, although he was 0.585s behind Antonelli. The Spaniard seemed happy with his days work: “We did an excellent job during both free practice sessions Our target was just to keep focussed on doing as many laps as possible also with used tyres in order to improve the feeling for these conditions, for example for the later stages during a race. In the end, we put in a new rear tyre and I was able to achieve two fast laps. So I’m happy with our today’s position but also with our work done because we’ve made some important steps.”

Isaac Viñales (+0.613s) was only a further 0.028s further back from Vazquez, as he showed that the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse could be a force to be reckoned with over the weekend.

Miguel Oliveira (+0.620s) was the fastest KTM in fourth, and was content with his days work: “Honestly, I'm happy with how this day went. In the morning we were pretty fast, apart from at the end because we didn’t use our race tyres -at Mugello you have to conserve them.”

Bastianini was in fifth and was one of only a handful of riders to not improve on their time from the morning session, as instead he opted to focus on his race set-up on older tyres: “We can be satisfied with this first day of practice: we have been fast throughout the whole afternoon session, using old tires, keeping a good pace.”

The race winner from Le Mans, Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati, finished the day in sixth while Moto3™ World Championship leader Danny Kent found himself down in seventh on the combined timesheets, as he admitted he struggled: “Honestly speaking it was a difficult start to the weekend or I would even say it was the toughest opening day of the year so far. Basically, the feeling with the bike isn’t so good because I struggle all lap long to hold the line. So that means we definitely have a lot of work ahead of us but we already looking on the data in order to see where we can improve.”

Bastianini’s teammate Andrea Locatelli finished the day in eighth overall, while Brad Binder and Alessandro Tonucci completed the top ten.

Check out the combined results from the first day of Moto3™ Free Practice; FP3 is due to start at 9:00am local time in Mugello on Saturday.

 

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Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, FP2, Efren Vazquez, Niccolò Antonelli, Isaac Viñales, Leopard Racing, Husqvarna Factory Laglisse, Ongetta-Rivacold

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