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Moto3: Rookie Fenati leads day one at Jerez

27 April 2012

16-year-old star rookie Romano Fenati set the pace during day one of the Spanish Moto3 Grand Prix at Jerez.

Unlike MotoGP, Moto3 got some decent dry running on Friday, the 250cc machines completing almost all of their Friday morning session on a dry track before the rain set in.

Fenati, second after battling Maverick Vinales for victory in the Qatar season-opener, continued his flying form by leading FP1 by 0.248sec from fellow FTR-Honda rider Vinales.

KTM's Sandro Cortese and the Suter Honda of Miguel Oliveira completed the top four, with Oliveira then setting the pace by 0.271sec from Cortese in the wet afternoon session.

Vinales with third, while Team Italia FMI rider Fenati slipped to 21st in the slick conditions.

Aspar's Hector Faubel, who briefly caused the morning session to be red flagged after injuring his leg in a fall, was back on track in the afternoon.

Friday practice (combined):

1. Romano Fenati ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.760s
2. Maverick ViƱales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 50.008s
3. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 50.238s
4. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 50.617s
5. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 50.725s
6. Hector Faubel SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 50.728s
7. Arthur Sissis AUS (KTM) 1m 50.812s
8. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 50.928s
9. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 51.016s
10. Alberto Moncayo SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 51.075s
11. Alex Marquez SPA (Suter Honda) 1m 51.076s
12. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 51.100s
13. Niccolo Antonelli ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 51.140s
14. Alex Rins SPA (Suter Honda) 1m 51.200s
15. Niklas Ajo FIN (KTM) 1m 51.413s


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