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Kent finishes the day on top of the Moto3™ timesheets

Kent finishes the day on top of the Moto3™ timesheets

The Leopard Racing rider shows why he’s the current championship leader on the opening day of practice for the German GP.

The Brit put in a fastest lap of 1'26.937 on the combined time sheets to put him & his Honda on top at the close of play on practice day, 0.678 sec ahead of Niccolò Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and 0.721 sec ahead of 3rd-placed Alexis Masbou (SaxoPrint RTG).

Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) came in fourth on the combined times with a 1'27.666 lap. The fastest local rider was Phillip Oettl (Schedl GP Racing), who came in fifth in front of the German crowds, 0.853 sec off the pace set by Brit Danny Kent and just 0.015 sec ahead of Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in 6th.

Rounding out the top ten were Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3), Efrén Vázquez (Leopard Racing), Andrea Locatelli (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) respectively.

Big things were expected from Miguel Oliveira, but he unfortunately suffered a high side at turn 1 during FP1, breaking his left hand and sending him to Portugal for surgery, his weekend over. The crash has hurt him in more ways than one, given that the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider currently sits in third place in the championship and he needed valuable points in Germany to close the gap on championship leader Danny Kent.

In an interview ahead of the German GP, Danny Kent told that he saw Oliveira as a major competitor and mentioned him as one of the riders he needs to “keep an eye out for”, making Oliveira’s accident all the more painful. Oliveira is aiming to be fit to ride for round ten in Indianapolis, with team leader Niklas Ajo stating: “It was not a big crash so he was unlucky to break the bone. The doctors were positive it will recover quickly and he’ll be OK for Indy.”

This year’s Sachsenring Moto3 clash also sees two local riders joining as wild cards - Jonas Geitner for the Freudenberg Racing Team and Maximilian Kappler for SaxoPrint RTG. Kappler lives just a stone’s throw away from the circuit. He also competed in the 2014 German Moto3 race, starting from 29th on the grid to finish 21st. He said: “This year I feel much better prepared than last year. I want to have fun with it - and enjoy the cool atmosphere.”

The Moto3 FP3 session is due to to start at 9:00 local time on July 11.

Click here for the combined results from Moto3 FP1 & FP2.

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