Vinales Sets Impressive Pace At Le Mans

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Maverick Vinales - Photo Credit:

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Maverick Vinales set the pace in Friday practice at Le Mans as he goes in search of a second consecutive victory at the French track. The Spanish teenager announced himself on the world stage with his superb maiden win 12 months ago and has been utterly dominant so far on his second visit.

The Avintia Blusens rider edged out Miguel Oliveira in the morning session, clocking a 1:45.437, and went over a second quicker in the afternoon, giving him a healthy cushion of 0.632s over Luis Salom, with Louis Rossi best placed of the home riders in third. Oliveira only trimmed three tenths off his morning time and slipped back to fourth overall.

Despite suffering his first retirement two weeks ago, Romano Fenati appeared totally unaffected as he set about learning another new track. The Italian sensation was fifth fastest just ahead of fellow rookie Alex Rins while Efren Vazquez, almost ten years their senior, took seventh.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was the quickest factory KTM rider in eighth, one place ahead of Sandro Cortese who had a troubled afternoon. The championship leader was third quickest in the morning but suffered a mechanical failure in FP2, preventing him from improving on his earlier effort.

Teammate Danny Kent was eleventh while Danny Webb impressed on board the Mahindra, finishing the day in eighteenth. Marcel Schrotter had a miserable time on the other MGP30 and only completed two laps in the afternoon, leaving him at the bottom of the timesheets.


Moto3 Monster Energy Grand Prix de France: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia 1:44.141
2  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.632
3  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +0.786
4  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.044
5  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.061
6  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.254
7  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +1.391
8  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.457
9  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.510
10  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.636
11  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.748
12  Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +1.899
13  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +2.148
14  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +2.313
15  Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +2.322
16  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +2.479
17  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +2.486
18  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.634
19  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +2.762
20  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +3.023
21  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +3.087
22  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.134
23  Isaac Viñales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +3.383
24  Ivan Moreno FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.412
25  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK T-Shirt Laglisse +3.460
26  Jonas Folger Ioda IodaRacing Project +3.612
27  Kevin Hanus (WC) Honda Thomas Sabo GP Team +4.281
28  Toni Finsterbusch MZ-RE FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +4.294
29  Simone Grotzkyj Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +4.406
30  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +4.419
31  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +4.497
32  Giulian Pedone Oral Ambrogio Next Racing +5.630
33  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +6.035
34  Marcel Schrotter Mahindra Mahindra Racing +6.272


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