Romano Fenati waited until the dying seconds before setting the fastest time of the day at Misano. The Italian rookie found grip where others clearly hadn’t on a drying track to go fastest by a full second from Maverick Vinales and Brno winner Jonas Folger.

The opening session first thing this morning was run in full wet conditions and although FP2 didn’t exactly see beautiful sunshine, the weather had improved slightly. Zulfahmi Khairuddin’s FP1 benchmark only stood up for ten minutes before Folger went faster, taking a lead he would later extend to 1.5 seconds.

The German would find a response whenever his position was threatened but times were tumbling rapidly in the final minutes with Fenati the first man into the 1:51s. With the chequered flag out, the Team Italia rider was still in front but Folger edged him out with a 1:51.088, only to see that beaten by Maverick Vinales who showed the kind of wet form that has deserted him all season.

Beside his dominant win at Jerez, Fenati hasn’t excelled in mixed conditions either but the teenager produced a sensational flying lap to not only go under 1:51, but break into the 1:49s. Vinales and Folger had to make do with second and third but were the only riders within two and a half seconds of the lead.

Finishing a sensational fourth was wildcard rider Kevin Calia, outpacing Alberto Moncayo, Danny Kent and Alex Rins, three men who’ve all finished on the podium at one stage this year. Championship leader Sandro Cortese was a disappointing eighth with Jakub Kornfeil and Zulfahmi Khairuddin completing the top ten. Fit-again Danny Webb was sixteenth for Mahindra on his first day back after injuring his hand at Indianapolis.


Moto3 GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini: Combined Friday Practice Classification:

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI 1:49.965
2  Maverick Vinales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +1.032
3  Jonas Folger Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +1.123
4  Kevin Calia (W) Honda Elle 2-Ciatti +2.630
5  Alberto Moncayo FTR Honda Andalucía JHK t-shirt Laglisse +3.154
6  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.287
7  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +3.467
8  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.501
9  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +4.556
10  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +4.656
11  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +4.863
12  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +5.040
13  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +5.149
14  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +5.167
15  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +5.262
16  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +5.282
17  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +5.435
18  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +5.602
19  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +5.760
20  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +5.862
21  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +5.869
22  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +5.882
23  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +5.893
24  Alex Marquez Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +6.196
25  Stefano Valtulini (W) Honda Team Imperiali Racing +6.305
26  Josep Rodriguez FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +6.409
27  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +6.906
28  Miroslav Popov Mahindra Mahindra Racing +7.194
29  M R Rinaldi Honda Caretta Technology +7.364
30  Armando Pontone Ioda IodaRacing Project +7.469
31  Toni Finsterbusch Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +7.484
32  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +7.513
33  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +8.253
34  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +8.466
35  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +8.705