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Viñales raises the bar at Silverstone

Viñales raises the bar at Silverstone

With record Moto3™ pace having already been established at Silverstone on Friday morning, championship contender Maverick Viñales went quickest in afternoon practice. Amid dry but breezy conditions, the Team Calvo rider led the way from Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger.

It was championship leader and morning pace-setter Luis Salom who topped the timesheets for much of the afternoon, but a late flurry of lap times resulted in the Mallorcan being demoted to fourth position. Viñales led the way with his best lap time of 2’14.615, almost 1.4 seconds quicker than the fastest weekend lap time of 2012. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez and Alex Rins completed the top six as the field attempted to avoid running wide at Club Corner, which has resulted in the removal of some lap times. Light drops of rain fell during the morning but these were very much forgotten as blue skies graced the Northamptonshire circuit later on.

Leading Briton John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) was 17th with wildcards Wayne Ryan and Kyle Ryde respectively 32nd and 35th, both competing under the Racing Steps Foundation KRP banner. Third and final Moto3™ practice will commence at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Saturday.


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