Terol Over A Second Clear In Third Practice

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Nicolas Terol cemented his status as the overwhelming favourite for qualifying after trouncing the opposition in Free Practice Three for the Catalunya Grand Prix.

Even by his own standards, the Spaniard was on another level to everybody else with his final lap of 1:51.774 the fastest of the weekend so far.

His nemesis from Le Mans three weeks ago, Maverick Vinales was second fastest but worryingly for the neutrals, he was an astonishing 1.357s adrift with Jonas Folger half a tenth further back in third.

At the midway point in the session Johann Zarco was looking like the man most likely to trouble Terol and led him by a tenth of a second as they began their last runs. But the Frenchman simply had no answer to the championship leader and ended up in fourth, just ahead of his teammate Efren Vazquez.

As has been the case throughout the season so far, Terol's teammates in the Bankia Aspar squad were unable to get near their team leader. Adrian Martin was sixth fastest with Hector Faubel seventh and both were 1.8s off the pace.

Portuguese rookie Miguel Oliveira will be familiar with the Circuit de Catalunya after his time in the Spanish championship last year and the Andalucia Banca Civica rider was eighth quickest. Sandro Cortese will be disappointed with ninth after going half a second slower than he managed yesterday while Sergio Gadea completed the top ten.

Danny Kent produced his best time of the weekend to go 13th while Danny Webb took over a second off his Friday best to finish 17th. The Mahindra rider was up in the top three in the early stages and seems much happier with the GP125 this weekend.

Harry Stafford was 22nd for OngettaCentroSeta while wildcard rider John McPhee was 28th after failing to match his time from yesterday. Meanwhile, Taylor Mackenzie will have work to do in qualifying after failing to set a time at all during FP3.

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