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Rins ahead in wet Friday practices

Rins ahead in wet Friday practices

As the Moto3™ FP2 run concluded in wet conditions at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini it was Alex Rins who – despite a crash - set the best time just as he had in FP1. Behind him on the combined timesheet were Niccolo Antonelli and Jack Miller.

Rins’ best time of the day of 1’55.049 in FP1 was a second ahead of Antonelli’s fastest time, also from the morning session. Miller was 1.285s behind the pace setting Spaniard.

The fastest time for a Moto3 bike around Misano is 1’42.707, set by Jonas Folger last year, which gives an idea of how the Friday pace was affected by the ongoing rain. FP2 pace was even slower than in the morning, with the riders generally three to five seconds down on their FP1 times.

On the combined times Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia) and Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) completed the top five. Meanwhile, Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team), Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia), Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) and Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team) rounded out the top ten.

After numerous crashes in the morning session there were several spills in the afternoon as heavy rain and standing water hindered the riders. Teammates Rins and Marquez, John McPhee (SAXOPRITN-RTG), Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia), Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo), San Carlo Team Italia riders Locatelli and Ferrari, Philipp Oettl (Interwetten Paddock Moto3), the aforementioned Antonelli and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) all fell during Free Practice 2.

Miller, Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Gabriel Ramos (Kiefer Racing) fell in the closing stages, with Turn 6 claiming the most victims. None of the riders were seriously hurt.

For full Moto3 FP1-FP2 Misano combined times click here.



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