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Zarco prepares for pole challenge in final practice

Zarco prepares for pole challenge in final practice

Johann Zarco topped the Saturday morning practice outing at the Gran Premio de Aragón with rookies Maverick Viñales and Danny Kent taking second and third in the timings.

A much cooler Saturday morning than the ultra hot day prior saw most of the two stroke field able to improve on their best times set on Friday, and title challenger Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) managed to do so—by a margin of nearly one second—with lap of 1’59.791, putting him in front of the pack in preparation for the afternoon qualifying practice.

Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing), who had topped the morning practice on Friday was a tenth behind his best lap set in the second session with a 1’59.867 to take the second in the timings, while fellow newcomer to the Championship Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) followed in third with a lap of 1’59.967, an improvement of over a second for the Brit.

In the fourth spot was Héctor Faubel and the Bankia Aspar rider closed the session at 0.325s behind Zarco. Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) finished fifth, with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) taking the sixth and seventh spots, both a bit over six tenths behind the session leader.

Eighth in the field was Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), with Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) and Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) completing the top ten.

Championship leader Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) exited the track after only four complete laps with mechanical problems, finishing the session in 12th position.


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