Louis Rossi - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Louis Rossi - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Louis Rossi carried the momentum from his maiden victory at Le Mans to top Friday practice at the Catalunya Grand Prix. The Frenchman dominated the afternoon session to turn the tables on Maverick Vinales who'd set the pace in the morning.

Rossi only needed eight minutes of the second session to beat Vinales' benchmark from FP1, setting a 1:53.121 to go fastest ahead of Romano Fenati. At this point, the Racing Team Germany rider had half a second in hand over the rest of the field before Danny Kent and Sandro Cortese closed the gap on the Red Bull Ajo KTMs but no sooner had they done that, Rossi broke into the 1:52s to pull further clear.

With four minutes remaining, Vinales came to life with a 1:52.901, three hundredths quicker than Rossi, but the status quo was restored almost instantly as Moto3's newest race winner clocked a 1:52.624, quick enough to see off the Spaniard despite a late improvement from him.

Sandro Cortese joined the top two in the 1:52s with almost seven tenths separating the leaders from the rest of the field. The chasing pack was led by Miguel Oliveira who edged in front of Kent and Fenati for fourth while Hector Faubel and Zulfahmi Khairuddin completed the top eight. Efren Vazquez was one of six riders who went slower in the afternoon session and paid the price, dropping from seventh to ninth.

Racing as a wildcard this weekend, British youngster John McPhee finished the day in an impressive 20th while Mahindra's Danny Webb was 23rd on a bike fitted with an updated engine.

 

Moto3 Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya – Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany 1:52.634
2  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.150
3  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.284
4 Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.960
5  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.992
6  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.041
7  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.142
8  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.213
9  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +1.355
10  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.455
11  Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +1.538
12  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.769
13  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +1.774
14  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.778
15  Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.798
16  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +1.854
17  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.894
18  Alex Marquez (WC) Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +2.121
19  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +2.217
20  John McPhee (WC) KRP Honda Racing Steps Foundation KRP +2.255
21  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +2.265
22  Jonas Folger Ioda IodaRacing Project +2.345
23  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.565
24  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.576
25  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +2.591
26  Isaac Viñales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +2.652
27  Ivan Moreno FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +2.701
28  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +2.979
29  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.299
30  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.356
31  Marcel Schrotter Mahindra Mahindra Racing +3.463
32  Simone Grotzkyj Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.503
33 Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +4.091
34  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +4.883
107% Time: 2:00.518 (+7.884)