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Highlights: Navarro on top in Moto3™ FP2
Navarro: "Good feeling with the bike"
Moto3™saw a few spots of rain ahead of the first practice session for the Octo British Grand Prix during the morning, but despite a rain shower that had stopped play in Moto2™ FP1, the afternoon session saw a dry track host the lower category once again. It was a similar host of names rising to the top in FP2 throughout the session, as Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Francesco Bagnaia (PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra) were initially the three to beat, before some late chargers saw changes on the time sheets.
Binder: "The wind was the biggest issue"
Navarro eventually took charge on Friday as the pole man from 2015 took the top spot back from title rival Brad Binder, in the last dash of the second session. The Valencian rider is the closest challenger to the South African and will be looking to kickstart a fight back in the second half of the season in the UK, with 7 races now remaining for the Spaniard in Moto3™, ahead of his move up to the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team in 2017. Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) was third fastest in another impressive showing for the Italian, who was quicker than more experienced teammate Enea Bastianini. With lap times in the afternoon much quicker than FP1, every rider on the grid went faster in the second session.
Di Giannantonio: "It's good to start in third"
PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra rider Jorge Martin was fourth fastest, eventually getting the better of teammate Francesco Bagnaia (P6) in the afternoon after the Italian had been fastest in the morning, and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) completed the top five. Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) was seventh behind his compatriot Bagnaia, ahead of the second Estrella Galicia 0,0 bike of Aron Canet in an impressive rookie Friday. Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) and Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) completed the top ten.
Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) was eleventh fastest in a solid start to the weekend, ahead of recently re-signed teammate Andrea Migno.
Saturday sees Moto3™ head out for one more practice session, before qualifying sets the grid for Sunday's 17-lap race.
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