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Moto3: Vinales pulls clear in Assen practice

28 June 2012

Moto3 World Championship leader Maverick Vinales broke 0.737s clear of the field at the end of Thursday's second practice for the Dutch TT at Assen.

The FTR Honda rider, who leads the championship by two points from Sandro Cortese, moved narrowly ahead in the final four minutes, then destroyed any opposition by posting a 1m 44.312s flyer on his penultimate lap.

Vinales has won half of the opening six Moto3 races, including the two rounds leading up to Assen, but suffered a DNF in France,

Cortese had led a Red Bull KTM one-two in the morning Assen session, but managed only fourth this afternoon - 0.994s behind Vinales - then fell on his slow down lap.

Closest to Vinales this afternoon was Suter Honda rider Miguel Oliveira, with Niklas Ajo claiming a better than usual third for TT Motions to be the leading KTM rider.

French rookie Alan Techer had been leading the way heading into the final five minutes, but lost three places in the space of a few seconds and was ultimately bumped down to sixth as Cortese and Luis Salom also squeezed ahead of the Technomag-CIP rider.

Final practice and qualifying takes place on Friday.

Thursday practice (2):

1. Maverick Viñales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.312s
2. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 45.049s
3. Niklas Ajo FIN (KTM) 1m 45.299s
4. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 45.306s
5. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 45.480s
6. Alan Techer FRA (TSR Honda) 1m 45.504s
7. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 45.525s
8. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 45.641s
9. Alex Rins SPA (Suter Honda) 1m 45.716s
10. Romano Fenati ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 45.733s
11. Alberto Moncayo SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 45.797s
12. Niccolò Antonelli ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 45.891s
13. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 45.925s
14. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 45.938s
15. Arthur Sissis AUS (KTM) 1m 45.959s


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