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Navarro begins Saturday on top

Navarro begins Saturday on top

The first Moto3™ session of Saturday in America saw Jorge Navarro rise to the top with Fenati and Loi behind once more.

Conditions were cooler for the first Moto3™ World Championship session of the day on Saturday as light cloud cover littered the sky. As the session began, teams were adamant that times would fall as the track condition had taken a step forward even since Friday.

Just a few minutes into the session small spots of rain started to fall but played no major part in early proceedings. It wouldn’t be until the final 18 minutes of the session that the rain flag was even brought out.

Rain or no rain, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) chose to head out in qualifying trim with the medium front fitted, this had the South African lead the session with 20 minutes to go. He was not alone as a number of other riders used the session to practice for Qualifying later in the day.

In the final ten minutes of the session a number of riders pushed for a fast time, some even using new rubber. One of only three riders to drop into the 2’16s, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) set a 2’16.121 to lead the session. Not only did the Spaniard lead Free Practice 3 by over half a second, he also set the fastest time of the weekend so far, one of just a few riders to improve in FP3.

Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) was another rider who dropped into the 2’16s, setting a 2’16.737. This was still some 0.3s slower than his 2’16.397 from Friday’s FP2 session. So far Fenati has not finished outside the top three in practice at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in 2016.

A late lap from Livio Loi (RW Racing GP BV) promoted the Belgian rider to third in the session, improving his weekend best time by almost half a second. He was the third and final rider to run in the 2’16s in Free Practice 3 but ended 0.767s back on Navarro.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) made it two Italians in the top five as he ended the day in fourth. Unfortunately he could not improve his time from Friday, but remained fourth on combined times.

Rookie Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was one of only thee riders inside the top five in FP3 to improve his Friday time. The Dutch rookie has rapidly gotten up to speed on the complicated Circuit of the Americas, ending ahead of his teammate.

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) completed the top ten.

There was an early fall for Stefano Valtulini (3570 Team Italia) at Turn 20. Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) suffered a heavy fall at Turn 5 later in the session. He was then taken to the medical center for checks. Despite his tenth place finish, Locatelli’s session ended with a fall at Turn 12.

Full results from the session can be viewed here, complete with times and top speeds.

Qualifying for the lightweight class begins at 12:35 Local Time.

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