Romano Fenati - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Romano Fenati - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Romano Fenati's sensational start to life in Grand Prix racing continued as the rookie topped the timesheets in Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. The 16 year old pushed Maverick Vinales for victory in Qatar and led the championship leader today as well, with his time from the dry first session enough to top the combined leaderboard.

The first session was punctuated by a red flag stoppage after Hector Faubel crashed his Kalex KTM at turn two, the same corner where he crashed out of last year's 125cc race. The Bankia Aspar rider was stretchered away but returned to complete 15 laps in the afternoon.

Several more riders went down in the second session, which was run entirely in the wet, with Mahindra one of the teams particularly affected. Both Danny Webb and Marcel Schrotter slid off at the final corner within seconds of each other while Moto FGR's Jasper Iwema also crashed out in the latter stages.

Miguel Oliveira was fastest in FP2 for Estrella Galicia 0,0 but his new teammate created headlines of his own. Alex Marquez, brother of Marc, led the session on a number of occasions before finishing up ninth quickest, despite this being his Grand Prix debut. The Spaniard will race as a wildcard on Sunday.

With conditions so different in the two sessions, the morning times were substantially quicker than the afternoon, leaving Romano Fenati unchallenged at the top with a quarter of a second in hand over Maverick Vinales. Sandro Cortese was third ahead of Oliveira, Luis Salom and Hector Faubel who finished sixth despite his crash.

Danny Kent finished just behind teammate Arthur Sissis in eighth while Danny Webb, unhurt after his fall, was 22nd overall.

 

Moto3 Gran Premio bwin de Espana: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1 Romano Fenati ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI 1:49.760
2 Maverick Viñales SPA FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.248
3 Sandro Cortese GER KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.478
4 Miguel Oliveira POR Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.857
5 Luis Salom SPA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.965
6 Hector Faubel SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +0.968
7 Arthur Sissis AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.052
8 Danny Kent GBR KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.168
9 Jakub Kornfeil CZE FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.256
10 Alberto Moncayo SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.315
11 Alex Marquez (WC) SPA Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.316
12 Louis Rossi FRA FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.340
13 Niccolo Antonelli ITA FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +1.380
14 Alex Rins SPA Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.440
15 Niklas Ajo FIN KTM TT Motion Events Racing +1.653
16 Alessandro Tonucci ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.686
17 Jasper Iwema NED FGR Honda Moto FGR +1.871
18 Brad Binder RSA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.953
19 Alexis Masbou FRA Honda Caretta Technology +2.104
20 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2.194
21 Alan Techer FRA TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.371
22 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Oral Mahindra Racing +2.433
23 Isaac Viñales SPA FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +2.493
24 Kenta Fujii JAP TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.826
25 Jack Miller AUS Honda Caretta Technology +3.220
26 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Oral Mahindra Racing +3.320
27 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +3.477
28 Adrian Martin SPA FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +3.563
29 Ivan Moreno SPA FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.669
30 Efren Vazquez SPA FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +3.773
31 Toni Finsterbusch GER MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +4.797
32 Josep Rodriguez (WC) SPA FTR Honda Wild Wolf BST +5.233
33 Giulian Pedone SWI Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +6.805
34 Luigi Morciano ITA Ioda Ioda Team Italia +7.481