Miguel Oliveira set the pace in both Friday practice sessions although conditions couldn’t have been much worse for the Moto3 riders at Aragon. The junior class didn’t see a dry track all day with the morning session also affected by an oil spillage, making it tough for the riders to learn anything.
Conditions were more favourable first thing this morning and Oliveira took the lead with twelve minutes of first practice gone, an advantage he would later increase to 1.3s over Luis Salom and Jonas Folger with Red Bull KTM teammates Sandro Cortese and Danny Kent fourth and fifth.
With five minutes remaining, the disruption came as Danny Webb’s Mahindra blew an engine, dumping oil at turn seven, causing chaos for the riders behind. Many were lucky to get through but Oliveira and Adrian Martin were unable to avoid accidents. Thankfully, all were uninjured but the state of the circuit caused a one-hour delay to the MotoGP and Moto2 sessions which followed.
The afternoon session saw much heavier rain but Oliveira simply picked up where he left off, going two seconds faster than the rest of the field early on. Danny Kent eventually closed to within a tenth of a second but his teammate had problems with his KTM grinding to a halt on his first run. The bike would eventually be fixed though and he managed to squeeze in eleven laps.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin was third in the afternoon while other stand-out performances came from Jasper Iwema in fifth, Brad Binder in ninth and debutant Luca Amato in tenth for Mapfre Aspar after the sacking of Hector Faubel. In terms of the overall classification though, the morning times formed the leaderboard after Friday’s running.
Before his bike packed up, Danny Webb set a time good enough for sixteenth while John McPhee finished 24th despite a crash at the end of FP2.
Moto3 Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon: Combined Friday Practice Classification:
|1||Miguel Oliveira||Suter Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||2:11.415|
|2||Luis Salom||Kalex KTM||RW Racing GP||+1.355|
|3||Jonas Folger||Kalex KTM||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||+1.424|
|4||Sandro Cortese||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1.500|
|5||Danny Kent||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1.875|
|7||Brad Binder||Kalex KTM||RW Racing GP||+2.632|
|8||Alex Rins||Suter Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+2.737|
|9||Jorge Navarro (WC)||Honda||Bradol Larresport||+2.977|
|10||Maverick Vinales||FTR Honda||Blusens Avintia||+3.103|
|11||Alex Marquez||Suter Honda||Ambrogio Next Racing||+3.387|
|12||Efren Vazquez||FTR Honda||JHK Laglisse||+3.735|
|13||Louis Rossi||FTR Honda||Racing Team Germany||+3.791|
|14||Jakub Kornfeil||FTR Honda||Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta||+3.808|
|15||Alessandro Tonucci||FTR Honda||Team Italia FMI||+3.836|
|16||Jack Miller||Honda||Caretta Technology||+3.853|
|17||Niklas Ajo||KTM||TT Motion Events Racing||+4.029|
|18||Danny Webb||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+4.374|
|19||Adrian Martin||FTR Honda||JHK Laglisse||+4.505|
|20||Alberto Moncayo||FTR Honda||Andalucía JHK t-shirt Laglisse||+4.569|
|21||Jasper Iwema||FGR Honda||Moto FGR||+4.572|
|22||Arthur Sissis||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+4.719|
|23||Romano Fenati||FTR Honda||Team Italia FMI||+4.756|
|24||John McPhee||KRP Honda||Caretta Technology||+5.052|
|25||Alan Techer||TSR Honda||Technomag-CIP-TSR||+5.097|
|26||Toni Finsterbusch||Honda||Cresto Guide MZ Racing||+5.154|
|27||Armando Pontone||Ioda||IodaRacing Project||+5.775|
|28||Luca Amato||Kalex KTM||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||+5.936|
|29||Kenta Fujii||TSR Honda||Technomag-CIP-TSR||+5.965|
|30||Giulian Pedone||Suter Honda||Ambrogio Next Racing||+6.515|
|31||Luigi Morciano||Ioda||Ioda Team Italia||+6.726|
|32||JF Guevara (WC)||FTR Honda||Wild Wolf BST||+6.970|
|33||Niccolo Antonelli||FTR Honda||San Carlo Gresini Moto3||+7.191|
|34||Isaac Vinales||FTR Honda||Ongetta-Centro Seta||+7.917|
|35||Miroslav Popov||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+11.078|