Sport Moto3 Barcelona FT2: Raul Fernandez remains fastest on Friday
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Jaume Masia (KTM) set the fastest time in a turbulent second free practice session on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Spaniard was stopped with 1: 49.134 minutes. With that, Masia was almost three tenths of a second ahead of Raul Fernandez's best morning time (KTM). So the Spaniard was the fastest Moto3 rider on Friday.
Fernandez provided the most spectacular scene right at the beginning of the second training session. At Turn 3 he was catapulted out of the saddle by his KTM, but the Spaniard was able to handle the situation artistically with a lot of luck and continue driving.
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moments later, Ryusei Yamanaka (Honda) showed a very similar scene that he too was able to save. Not so lucky was Celestino Vietti (KTM), who crashed into Turn 3 after ten minutes. The drivers pushed significantly more at 22 degrees Celsius than on the slightly cooler morning.
In the afternoon the wind had picked up, which played a role especially on the long home straight, but also at the end of the back straight before Turn 10. There John McPhee and Tony Arbolino (both Honda) fell. Arbolino in particular flew spectacularly through the air after a highsider.
Davide Pizzoli (KTM) also caught it in Turn 10. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) and Stefano Nepa (KTM) flew independently of each other into the gravel trap in Turn 1. Masia had crashed at Turn 7, but set the FT2 best time in the end.
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Besides Masia, only Darryn Binder (KTM) and Carlos Tatay (KTM) were able to improve their morning time in the top 14. The rest of them are currently directly qualified for Q2 with their FT1 time. The decision will be made on Saturday morning.
Misano winner Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) holds third place in today's overall result. World Championship leader Albert Arenas (KTM) is in seventh place, while Ai Ogura (Honda) didn't get up to speed today. The Japanese is only 23.
Maximilian Kofler (KTM) was able to improve in the afternoon. With a little more than two seconds behind, the Austrian finished 30th and penultimate place.
The Moto3 class will be back on the track for the third free practice session on Saturday from 09:00.
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