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Lopez the leader after Friday’s Moto3™ action

Spaniard tops a wet FP2 and the combined times to head Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio on Day 1 in Valencia

Rookie Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) went fastest on his final flying lap in FP2 to end Friday at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana on top. His 1:51.873 was enough to oust Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PruestelGP) – despite a late crash - from the summit by 0.039, with Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) P3 in FP2 and on the combined times after a P15 in the morning – the top three split by 0.094.

A wet FP1 and a wet FP2 was the order of the day as the lightweight class machines completed their final Friday of the year in a rain-soaked Valencia. The aforementioned home rider Lopez takes the honours to top the two Italians, with Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) fourth in a tight top four – 0.140 was the gap from the Japanese rider to the Spaniard after ending the first session in P13.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) completed Friday in P5, 0.343 off the quickest pace and a good improvement from a P12 in the morning, with World Champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) – who didn’t venture out in FP1 – ending P6. Andrea Migno (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) rounds out a solid day in P7 after ending FP1 inside the top three, with wildcard and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) an impressive P8 after a crash. FP1 leader Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia) failed to improve his time in the second session, the Thai rider ending P9 overall, with Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) P10 – a crash for the Italian at the end of the session.

Likewise to the first practice session, crashes were aplenty in the wet conditions. Replacement rider Izam Ikmal (Petronas Sprinta Racing) was the first rider to crash, with Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team), Kazuki Masaki (RBA BOE Skull Rider), Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto Team Moto3), Vicente Perez (Reale Avintia Academy 77) for the second time of the day, Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Bester Capital Dubai’s Jaume Masia and Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider) went down – riders ok.

Tune into FP3 for the lightweight class at 09:00 local time (GMT +1) on Saturday to see if anyone can better Lopez ahead of qualifying.

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Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana: Moto3™ FP2

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