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Kent ends first day of Moto3™ practice on top

 Kent ends first day of Moto3™ practice on top

Moto3™ World Championship leader Danny Kent tops the combined timesheets after the first day of practice in Barcelona.

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent came out on top of a typically closely contested practice day for the Moto3 field at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Kent, who holds a commanding 46-point lead in the standings, finished with a 1’51.637 that put him top of the timesheets by just 0.011s from Italian Niccolo Antonelli on the Ongetta-Rivacold Honda.

Kent’s best pace was still some way off the fastest Moto3™ lap around the 4.7km circuit of 1’50.232 set by Alex Marquez one year ago.

But less than 0.1s split the top four and less than a second covered the top 22, with the big surprise supplied by Italian Alessandro Tonucci (+0.065s) in third spot on board the Outox Reset Drink Team Mahindra.

Tonucci was behind Mugello winner Miguel Oliveira and Livio Loi when he set his fastest lap of 1’51.702.

RW Racing GP’s Loi (+0.089s) clearly benefitted from having Oliveira as a reference in front of him too as he finished fourth fastest.

Enea Bastianini (+0.113s) on the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda recovered from an early nasty crash in FP1 to set the fifth fastest time.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Oliveira, who became the first Portuguese rider in history to win a Grand Prix in Mugello earlier this month, completed the top six.

Spanish rider Jorge Navarro had topped the overcast morning FP1 session, but as conditions improved throughout the day, every rider managed to improve their times in FP2.

Navarro dropped back to eighth on the timesheets to finish one place behind his (Estrella Galicia 0,0) teammate Fabio Quartararo.

Hiroki Ono (Leopard Racing) and Phillip Oettl (Shedl GP Racing) completed the top ten.

Scottish rider John McPhee on the SAXOPRINT RTG Honda had finished FP1 in twelfth but he dropped down to 19th by the end of FP2.

Check out the combined results from Moto3™ FP1 & FP2, FP3 starts at 9:00am local time in Barcelona on Saturday.

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, FP2, Danny Kent, Niccolò Antonelli, Alessandro Tonucci

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