Maverick Vinales - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Maverick Vinales - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Maverick Vinales closed the opening day of practice in Qatar as the fastest man after another accomplished performance in Moto3. The Spanish teenager was even more impressive than he had been earlier in the evening and had a full half second in hand over Zulfahmi Khairuddin on the AirAsia KTM.

Vinales was on the pace immediately when FP2 got underway and wasted no time beating his own time from the earlier session. His only threat came from the Estrella Galicia 0'0 riders who worked together to tow each other down the main straight. Alex Rins punched a hole in the air which Miguel Oliveira rode straight through and the Portuguese youngster took over at the top 12 minutes from time. Oliveira returned the favour moments later to drag Rins up to third as the Monlau squad sandwiched Vinales in the running order.

Maverick responded with four minutes to go and regained the lead with a 2:08.434, half a second quicker than his former rival in Spanish 125s, but he wasn't done there and found another three tenths on his final lap. Khairuddin emerged from nowhere to grab second while Danny Kent recovered from his troublesome first session to take third.

Oliveira and Rins were demoted to fourth and fifth with Sandro Cortese sixth on the second Red Bull KTM. Alberto Moncayo finished seventh at the end of his first day with Aspar with Louis Rossi, Hector Faubel and Niccolo Antonelli completing the top ten.

Danny Webb was 20th on the Oral-powered Mahindra while the Ioda Racing team had a miserable evening. Jonas Folger and Luigi Morciano completed just a single flying lap between them and brought up the rear for the Italian team.

 

Moto3 Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar: Combined Free Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales SPA FTR Honda Blusens Avintia 2:08.160
2 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +0.498
3 Danny Kent GBR KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.807
4 Miguel Oliveira POR Honda Estrella Galicia 0'0 +0.819
5 Alex Rins SPA Honda Estrella Galicia 0'0 +0.947
6 Sandro Cortese GER KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.078
7 Alberto Moncayo SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.152
8 Louis Rossi FRA FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.194
9 Hector Faubel SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.341
10 Niccolo Antonelli ITA Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +1.342
11 Luis Salom SPA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.391
12 Romano Fenati ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.492
13 Alexis Masbou FRA Honda Caretta Technology +1.699
14 Niklas Ajo FIN KTM TT Motion Events Racing +1.757
15 Efren Vazquez SPA Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +1.911
16 Jakub Kornfeil CZE FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.994
17 Alessandro Tonucci ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +2.373
18 Brad Binder RSA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +2.623
19 Alan Techer FRA TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.689
20 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.699
21 Isaac Viñales SPA FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +2.875
22 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.902
23 Arthur Sissis AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.243
24 Jasper Iwema NED FGR Honda Moto FGR +3.325
25 Ivan Moreno SPA FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.444
26 Adrian Martin SPA Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +3.697
27 Jack Miller AUS Honda Caretta Technology +3.965
28 Toni Finsterbusch GER MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +4.233
29 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +5.868
30 Kenta Fujii JAP TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +5.946
31 Jonas Folger GER Ioda Ioda Racing Project +9.856
32 Luigi Morciano ITA Ioda Ioda Team Italia No Time