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Antonelli sets early pace in Moto3™ FP1

Antonelli sets early pace in Moto3™ FP1

Niccolo Antonelli less than a second off Pole Record as he tops FP1 ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder.

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Antonelli set a 1’57.500 in the morning as riders took to the track for the first time at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. The Italian managing to get within a second of Danny Kent’s record from last season (1’56.555) session in ideal conditions (28˚C Track temp.) at the Twin Ring Motegi.

Winner last time out in Aragon, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira, was the only rider to manage to get within half a second of Antonelli as he finished 0.107s further back in second. The Portuguese rider, who mathematically still has a chance to lift the Moto3™ title, was also the only other rider to break the 1’57 barrier.

Oliveira’s teammate Brad Binder (+0.626s) was third fastest ahead of the man that can lift the Moto3™ title at Motegi if he leaves with a 75-point advantage in the standings, Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent (+0.634s). Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati (+0.688s) ended the session in fifth, with the third Red Bull KTM Ajo of Karel Hanika (+0.867s) completing the provisional second row.

Isaac Viñales (RBA Racing Team) was seventh, while Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) recovered from a nasty looking highside at turn 9 to end the session in eighth. Another man who went down at turn 9 was Hiroki Ono (Leopard Racing) as he finished in ninth, with Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) completing the top ten.

Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was in 24th on his return from injury, with Scotsman John McPhee on the SAXOPRINT RTG Honda in 25th.

There were also crashes for Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre team Mahindra) and Alessandro Tonucci, while Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) experienced some technical issues.

Check out the full Moto3™ FP1 results, FP2 kicks off at 13:10 local time in Motegi.

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