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Moto3: Oliveira sets Estoril pace

Miguel Oliveira fastest during Friday practice (2) for the Portuguese Moto3 Grand Prix at Estoril.
Home star Miguel Oliveira pipped Sandro Cortese for the top spot during a dry, but windy second Friday practice session for the Portuguese Moto3 Grand Prix at Estoril.

KTM rider Cortese, on pole for the opening round and third in both races this year, led the majority of the session, before facing pressure from Luis Salom and Oliveira in the closing minutes.

Suter-Honda star Oliveira edged 0.014s under young German Cortese's best on his penultimate lap, while Kalex-KTM rider Salom - second last Sunday at Jerez - was left 0.368s from the top in third.

Qatar winner Maverick Vinales, fastest in this morning's damp session, took fourth in the dry after having a lap time cancelled for overtaking under yellows, while Alexis Masbou made it five different designs in the top five.

Rookie Jerez winner and new championship leader Romano Fenati, just 15th in the morning session, steered his FTR-Honda to sixth place for Team Italia FMI. Fenati was –one-second from Oliveira.

Joan Olive, deputising for Niklas Ajo at TT Motion KTM during the Finn's one race ban for a confrontation with the Jerez marshals, finished 19th on his return to the grand prix paddock.

Friday practice (2):

1. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 48.497s
2. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 48.511s
3. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.879s
4. Maverick Viñales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.338s
5. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 49.410s
6. Romano Fenati ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.560s
7. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 49.775s
8. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.870s
9. Adrian Martin SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.937s
10. Arthur Sissis AUS (KTM) 1m 50.160s
11. Efren Vazquez SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 50.460s
12. Hector Faubel SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 50.535s
13. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 50.605s
14. Alex Rins SPA (Suter Honda) 1m 50.653s
15. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL (KTM) 1m 50.766s

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srshaw - Unregistered

May 04, 2012 10:47 PM

Only 5 comments? Is it just me but I have always enjoyed watching the 125/250 classes. I happen to think there is some amazing talent in the moto3 field this year which will eventually receive more than the odd couple of comments. Shame nobody seems to appreciate there efforts yet.

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