By Lisa Lewis

A race-like finish to Moto3's Friday FP3 session was not enough to displace Danny Kent, who had built up a succession of timesheet-topping laps on his Honda to finish Friday as the fastest man around Losail this weekend.

The British Leopard Racing rider had already shown good form after topping Thursday's first session and set yesterday's second best time before consolidating his great start in Qatar with a best time of 2m 06.413s.

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His team-mate, the Japanese newcomer Hiroki Ono, impressed in the huge ten rider run to the flag when the clock hit zero as he seemed to relish the environment, snatching second as he begins his first full season, leaving him as top rookie for the day.

One time session leader Miguel Oliveira, who finished Thursday's action on top, who was still in contention and after a brief tussle for the fastest time, found himself in third for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

John McPhee was an impressive two seconds quicker as he succeeded in setting up the 2015 SaxoPrint RTG to his liking, the British rider slipstreaming both of the Estrella Galicia bikes to secure fourth at the flag.

Fabio Quartararo found himself near the top after a flurry of fast laps, as he continues his first weekend racing at Qatar aboard the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda. The Frenchman finished his second day in the world championship in fifth.

Alexis Masbou used his experience to move into sixth on the second of the SaxoPrint machines. Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) set the pace early on but his Thursday time remains his best in seventh.

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was ninth quickest, while Estrella Galicia rookie Jorge Navarro was the only Spaniard to make the top ten.

Lower down the order Sky Racing VR 46 racer Romano Fenati found himself 13th, losing out on track time after crashing out while riding slowly mid-way through the session.

Maria Herrera again found herself at the bottom as she adjusts to Moto3 racing. The class's other female rider replacement for Qatar, Loris Cresson, is yet to set a lap inside the qualifying margin. Ana Carrasco was ruled out after arriving at the track with the collarbone injury she picked up at the Jerez test.