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Moto3: Rossi carries form to Catalunya

1 June 2012

Fresh from his debut grand prix victory at Le Mans, Louis Rossi marked himself out as a serious contender to become Moto3's first repeat winner by leading Friday practice at Catalunya.

The opening four Moto3 races have produced four different winners - Maverick Vinales, Romano Fenati, Sandro Cortese and then Rossi.

Inspired by his home wet win, Rossi dominated the dry and sunny afternoon session in Spain.

The Racing Team Germany rider successfully retaliated after being surpassed by Vinales in the closing stages to finish the session 0.150s clear of the Blusens Avintia rider. Vinales had led the morning session with a best time of 1m 53.168s.

Behind the pair of FTR Hondas this afternoon was championship leader Sandro Cortese, the KTM rider lapping 0.284s from Rossi. The Suter Honda of Miguel Oliveira took fourth with Englishman Danny Kent fifth for KTM.

Finale practice and qualifying takes place on Saturday.

Friday practice (2):
1. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 52.624s
2. Maverick Viñales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 52.774s
3. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 52.908s
4. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 53.584s
5. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 53.616s
6. Romano Fenati ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 53.665s
7. Hector Faubel SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 53.766s
8. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL (KTM) 1m 53.837s
9. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 54.079s
10. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 54.162s
11. Efren Vazquez SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 54.186s
12. Alessandro Tonucci ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 54.393s
13. Jack Miller AUS (Honda) 1m 54.398s
14. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 54.402s
15. Niccolò Antonelli ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 54.478s


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