Vinales Tops Both Mugello Practice Sessions

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Maverick Vinales showed no signs of a hangover from his nightmare at the German Grand Prix as he topped the timesheets in both Friday Practice sessions at Mugello. The Avintia Blusens rider lost his championship lead to Sandro Cortese after failing to score in the wet at the Sachsenring but with dry, sunny conditions prevailing today he was back on form, lapping in 1:59.676.

Mind you, Vinales' toils paled into comparison to Romano Fenati who qualified last and finished a lap down, but the boost of riding at home clearly paid off for the rookie, who went second fastest. Fenati, riding for the Italian Federation squad, still feels there is more to come ahead of qualifying.

“We’re still working on finding the best setup for the bike. I’m calm and confident, and I hope to do well on my home track.”

Danny Kent's good form continued with third place as the Briton finished as the leading KTM rider on Friday, with Niccolo Antonelli giving the home fans even greater cause for optimism with fourth place, having all-but matched Kent's time of 2:00.046.

Five days after claiming his maiden Grand Prix podium, Alexis Masbou was an excellent fifth for Caretta Technology but the team's mood was dimmed by a crash for Jack Miller on the sister Honda. The Australian was taken away on a stretcher but thankfully he will be fit to ride tomorrow.

Alberto Moncayo was sixth, offering some much-needed cheer for the struggling Aspar team with championship leader Sandro Cortese just behind in seventh. Estrella Galicia teammates Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins were eighth and ninth with Louis Rossi completing the top ten.

Danny Webb's struggles at Mahindra continued as his bike stopped again in FP2, leaving him down in 27th. The Briton has a new teammate this weekend with Marcel Schrotter getting the sack but Italian Championship 125cc frontrunner Riccardo Moretti didn't fare any better, finishing the day in 33rd.


Moto3 Gran Premio D'Italia TIM: Combined Friday Practice Classification

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia 1:59.676
2  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +0.314
3  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.370
4  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +0.373
5  Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +0.542
6  Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +0.559
7  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.648
8  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.777
9  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.823
10  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +0.849
11  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +0.947
12  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.962
13  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.000
14  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.072
15  Jonas Folger Ioda IodaRacing Project +1.096
16  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +1.165
17  Kevin Calia Honda Elle 2 Ciatti +1.344
18  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +1.442
19  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +1.523
20  Isaac Viñales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.748
21  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.755
22  Michael Ruben Rinaldi Honda Racing Team Gabrielli +1.771
23  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.822
24  Simone Grotzkyj Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +1.858
25  Toni Finsterbusch Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +2.013
26  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +2.156
27  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.211
28  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.400
29  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +2.445
30  Ivan Moreno FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +2.514
31  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +2.633
32  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +2.721
33  Riccardo Moretti Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.737
34  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +2.806
35  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR No Time


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