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Salom jumps ahead on Friday afternoon

Salom jumps ahead on Friday afternoon

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom set the pace as practice continued in Italy on Friday afternoon. The Spaniard and championship-leading compatriot Maverick Viñales were the only riders to duck inside the two-minute lap time barrier, as morning pace-setter Jonas Folger completed the top three at Mugello.

The heavy rain of Thursday had been replaced by bright sunshine by the time Friday afternoon arrived, allowing Salom to pip Viñales by 25 thousandths of a second thanks to his best effort of 1’59.606. As Folger dropped to third from the top spot in the opening session, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb was highly encouraged to finish fourth after suffering concussion in France.

Jack Miller rounded out the first five for Caretta Technology – RTG, ahead of Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira, quickest home riders Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia) and Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3), John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0).

The session was not all good news for eighth-placed Antonelli, who fell at Correntaio curve and thus ended proceedings ten minutes early. Also in the wars was fellow countryman Lorenzo Baldassarri, who slid off his Gresini bike at Borgo San Lorenzo.

The third and final practice session for the Moto3™ Gran Premio d’Italia TIM gets underway from 9am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday.


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