Oliveira Dominates In Miserable Conditions At Aragon

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:

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
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
6  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2.217
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