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Oliveira ends tricky Friday on top in Moto3™

Oliveira ends tricky Friday on top in Moto3™

Miguel Oliveira finished on top of the combined timesheets ahead of Kent and Navarro on a rain-affected Friday at Phillip Island.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Oliveira topped Friday’s practice at a rather wet and windy Phillip Island with a 1’37.209. The Portuguese rider set his time in the morning before rain affected FP2 in the afternoon, meaning a number of riders failed to improve their times as the day progressed. Oliveira’s time was therefore still over a second off Alex Marquez’s 2014 Pole Record (1’36.050), but good enough to see him push Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent into second by 0.210s.

The British rider - who is guaranteed to lift the title on Sunday if he wins or finishes in second - also set his fastest time in FP1 before being side-lined in FP2 with clutch problems and failing to complete a lap. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Jorge Navarro (+0.322s) left it until late in FP2 when the track had dried to set his fastest time, which was good enough for third.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder (+0.489s) also improved in the afternoon to finish fifth fastest, ahead of Leopard Racing’s Efren Vazquez (+0.667s) and Romano Fenati (+0.682s) on the Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM in sixth.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) set the seventh fastest time despite a heavy crash at turn 1 in FP1, while Phillip Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) was in eighth. Isaac Viñales crashed in each session and had to go to the Medical Centre before being declared fit, but still managed to set a time good enough for ninth, with Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) completing the top ten.

Scotsman John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) ended the day in 15th, while Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was 32nd on his return from injury, although the French rider was given a three-place grid penalty by Race Direction for Sunday's race after riding slowly on the racing line in FP1. Joan Mir, who is substituting for injured Hiroki Ono in the Leopard Racing team, was 23rd.

Check out the combined Moto3™ FP1 & FP2 results; FP3 starts at 10:00am local time in Phillip Island on Saturday.

Moto3, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Miguel Oliveira, Jorge Navarro, Danny Kent, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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