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Indianapolis Moto3: Vinales leads the way with new lap record

Maverick Vinales fastest after Friday's second practice for the Moto3 Indianapolis Grand Prix
By Lisa Lewis

Team Calvo KTM rider Maverick Vinales topped second Moto3 practice at Indianapolis, breaking the best lap record at the Brickyard as times tumbled compared to those set in the rain affected morning session.

The Spanish title hopeful attacked for the top as the clock ticked down, finishing with a time of 1m 48.502s – the fastest a Moto3 bike has been around the Indianapolis circuit.

Whole seconds were shaved off the fastest lap time from the morning session with all the riders setting new personal bests. The final list also had a very different look to it with Honda and KTM riders alternating throughout the top ten.

A resurgent Romano Fenati snatched second late on for San Carlo Team Italia, the most competitive of the Honda riders, the Italian finishing just 0.03s behind Vinales.

Times were close with all the top ten riders within a second of the lead time.

Third fastest was the KTM of Alex Marquez for the Estrella Galicia squad, closely followed by Caretta Technology-RTG's Jack Miller, who at one point held the fastest time.

Winner of the last race in Germany before the summer break, Alex Rins was fifth fastest for Estrella Galicia ahead of Mapfre Aspar rider Jonas Folger who finished sixth after leading the earlier rain affected session.

Championship leader Luis Salom improved a little to seventh for Red Bull KTM Ajo after being down in 15th at the end of the first practice.

Isaac Vinales remained competitive after finishing the opening session of the weekend in second, placing eighth for the Ongetta-Centro Seta team.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Arthur Sissis and CIP Moto3 rider Alan Techer on a TSR Honda complete the top ten, in ninth and tenth respectively.

Go&Fun Gresini's Niccolo Antonelli was the first crasher, after narrowly being avoided by Livio Loi's Marc VDS the marshals rescued his bike and put it in gear, allowing him to rejoin immediately. His time put him 18th quickest.

Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira also had an off after the flag, leaving him in 16th position.

Caretta Technology-RTG rider John McPhee ended the session in 24th.

He is now the only British rider in Moto3 after Ambrogio Racing announced they have axed Danny Webb from their line-up with immediate effect, with Webb subsequently moving to the PTR Team in World Supersport. His replacement, Jules Danilo, placed last on the timesheets.

Tagged as: Miller , Webb , salom , Ajo , Marquez , Oliveira , Folger , Fenati , McPhee , Techer , Sissis , Rins , Loi

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