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Just five days on from battling to a debut Moto3™ victory in Misano, SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tatsuki Suzuki continued his fine form by closing the opening session of the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon at the top of the timesheets. Suzuki posted a 1:58.987 to end over a quarter of a second clear of Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee.
Behind the Japanese and Scottish riders were the WWR duo of Jaume Masia and Andrea Migno, with the Spaniard and Italian separated by just 0.017 of a second. Completing the top five was Redox PruestelGP’s Filip Salac.
Kömmerling Gresini Moto3’s Gabriel Rodrigo ended 0.676 adrift of Suzuki’s fastest lap in sixth place, two-thousandths of a second ahead of Leopard Racing’s Marcos Ramirez in seventh who in turn was also only two-thousandths of a second ahead of Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Aron Canet in eighth. Completing the top ten on a perfect opening morning at MotorLand Aragon was Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Ayumu Sasaki and Redox PruestelGP’s Jakub Kornfeil.
The only two fallers during the session came early on with CIP Green Power’s Tom Booth-Amos crashing out as well as SKY Racing Team VR46’s Celestino Vietti, with the young Italian viciously spat over the top of his Moto3™ machine before limping away and heading to the medical centre for a check on the right foot he was cautiously avoiding putting any weight on.
The lightweight class are back in action for FP2 later this afternoon, at 13:15 (GMT+2) local time to be precise, for what could be a vital session with some forecasts indicating rain could disrupt Saturday’s sessions.
1. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) 1:58.987
2. John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.253
3. Jaume Masia (WWR) + 0.451
4. Andrea Migno (WWR) + 0.468
5. Filip Salac (Redox PrüstelGP) + 0.673
6. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) + 0.676
7. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) + 0.678
8. Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) + 0.680
9. Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.739
10. Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) + 0.775
Moto3™ FP1 at the Aragon GP: Engines on at MotorLand
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