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Cortese tops the timesheets in second Motegi practice

Cortese tops the timesheets in second Motegi practice

In the second free practice session in the Moto3™ class at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese who topped the timesheets ahead of Maverick Viñales and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.

Cortese, who could mathematically clinch the Moto3™ world title this weekend, was on scorching pace in the afternoon free practice session, setting a time of 1.59’448, over three tenths quicker than his Blusens Avintia rival Maverick Viñales. Viñales suffered a crash 13 minutes before the end, leaving him unable to improve his time in the final part of the session. AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin was once again on good form as he completed the top three just fractionally off the Spaniard.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati continued to learn the track at record speed as his fastest time placed him fourth, although he also suffered a crash towards the end. Not having lost any confidence after his morning practice crash, Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi stormed to the fifth place, ahead of RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, who is still receiving pain-killing injections in his shoulder after his Aragón crash two weeks ago.

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira posted the seventh quickest time just under eight tenths off the top, ousting Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent into eighth. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who was fastest this morning, could not repeat his feat and finished ninth ahead of Fenati’s teammate Alessandro Tonucci.

San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli was an early crasher, and was joined on the list by TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo and Salom’s teammate Brad Binder, who both crashed in the final stages of practice.


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