Miguel Oliveira - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Miguel Oliveira - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com


Home favourite Miguel Oliveira clocked the fastest time on Friday afternoon at Estoril as Estrella Galicia 0,0's strong start to 2012 continued. The Monlau Competicion squad took pole last weekend courtesy of Alex Rins and will head into tomorrow's qualifying session with intentions of back-to-back poles after Oliveira's display today.

The session was led for the most part by Sandro Cortese as the KTM-powered runners enjoyed a straight-line speed advantage. The Red Bull Ajo rider was the first man into the 1:50s as the Moto3 field finally got down to some dry running. Cortese quickly dropped into the 1:49s and pulled out a one-second advantage but Oliveira got on terms with him 15 minutes from time.

Cortese hit back and moved into the mid-1:48s but once again, Oliveira went with him and sneaked in front of him by 14 thousandths of a second. Luis Salom was the only other rider within half a second of the ultimate pace in third while Maverick Vinales finished fourth despite having a lap time deleted for overtaking under yellow flags.

Alexis Masbou was a surprise fifth ahead of championship leader Romano Fenati who stayed out of trouble to take sixth on his first visit to Estoril. Danny Kent bounced back from a tough race in Jerez with the seventh fastest time with Louis Rossi, Adrian Martin and Kent's teammate Arthur Sissis rounding out the top ten.

Danny Webb dragged his underpowered Mahindra up to 22nd, over a second quicker than his teammate Marcel Schrotter who crashed in the morning, but it was a tough day for wildcard rider Kevin Hanus who heavily damaged his Honda with a crash at the Parabolica.


Moto3 Grande Premio de Portugal Circuito Estoril: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1 Miguel Oliveira POR Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:48.497
2 Sandro Cortese GER KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.014
3 Luis Salom SPA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.382
4 Maverick Viñales SPA FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.841
5 Alexis Masbou FRA Honda Caretta Technology +0.913
6 Romano Fenati ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.063
7 Danny Kent GBR KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.278
8 Louis Rossi FRA FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.373
9 Adrian Martin SPA FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +1.440
10 Arthur Sissis AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.663
11 Efren Vazquez SPA FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +1.963
12 Hector Faubel SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +2.038
13 Jakub Kornfeil CZE FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +2.108
14 Alex Rins SPA Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +2.156
15 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2.269
16 Alan Techer FRA TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.281
17 Alessandro Tonucci ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +2.451
18 Alberto Moncayo SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +2.498
19 Joan Olive SPA KTM TT Motion Events Racing +2.581
20 Niccolo Antonelli ITA FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +2.691
21 Brad Binder RSA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +2.870
22 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.941
23 Alex Marquez (WC) SPA Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +3.210
24 Jasper Iwema NED FGR Honda Moto FGR +3.320
25 Ivan Moreno SPA FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.740
26 Isaac Viñales SPA FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +3.946
27 Manuel Tatasciore ITA Honda Caretta Technology +4.099
28 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +4.288
29 Giulian Pedone SWI Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +5.253
30 Luigi Morciano ITA Ioda Ioda Team Italia +6.103
31 Toni Finsterbusch GER MZ-RE FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +6.158
32 Kenta Fujii JPN TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +7.116
33 Kevin Hanus (WC) GER Honda Thomas Sabo GP Team +7.478
34 Armando Pontone ITA Ioda IodaRacing Project +7.929
35 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +17.718