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Ono ends Friday in control as Mugello dries

Ono ends Friday in control as Mugello dries

A hot track produced some hot lap times as Ono leads Free Practice 2 in the lightweight class ahead of Bagnaia and Di Giannantonio.

After spending Free Practice 1 on a damp and cold Mugello circuit, riders in the Moto3™ World Championship were pleased to see the sun as Free Practice 2 began. It came as no surprise that times improved dramatically from the morning session, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) leading FP1 with a 2’09.992, but the sun rapidly dried and warmed the 5.245 kilometres of the Mugello circuit.

Improving his time by over ten seconds, Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) continued to show well in Mugello. A 1’58.489 saw the Japanese rider lead the day overall at one of his favourite circuits. In 2015 Ono stared from second on the grid, his first, and so far only, front row start in the World Championship.

Not known for their top end speed, Mahindra proved Mugello isn’t all about the straight as Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) produced a 1’58.760 to end second. Bagnaia has been strong in almost every round of the year so far and will no doubt be in the podium hunt again.

Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) was able to end the session in third place after Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) had his lap time cut for running wide at Turn 5. Di Giannantonio arrives in Mugello fresh off a private test in Misano.

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was immediately up to speed having only done a handful of laps in FP1. All of the top four were able to lap in the 1’58s. His championship rival Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) ended right behind him in fifth.

Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team), Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) were all inside the top ten.

Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) had his first run on track after breaking his wrist before Le Mans, ending 10th with his wrist suffering.

Saturday will host the next Moto3™ session at 09:00 Local Time.

Full standings with times can be seen here.

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