2012 Sepang Moto3 Friday Practice Results
In the second Moto3 free practice session at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang that was cut short by rain it was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger who topped the day’s combined time sheets ahead of Sandro Cortese and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
The afternoon session started dry, and it was Folger who was on blistering form as he set the fastest time of the day with a 2.15’038, ousting Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese into second by over two tenths. AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Khairuddin completed the top three, as the Malaysian looks to be on podium form – a feat that he is incredibly keen to achieve at his home circuit.
Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira looked to be enjoying the Sepang circuit as he put his bike in fourth, ahead of Team Italia FMI’s Alessandro Tonucci, who is continuing in the same vein as in Motegi. Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi came in sixth, with Tonucci’s teammate Romano Fenati in tow in seventh. Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil was the only rider within the top ten to not improve on his morning time, and finished the day in eighth.
RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom did well to finish ninth after being hit by Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins earlier in the afternoon session. Rins was trying to pass Salom on the inside when the two touched fairings and Rins went down. He was able to get back on his bike and finished the afternoon behind his compatriot in tenth. Motegi race-winner, Red Bull’s Danny Kent, ended the day in 11th.
Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales was confirmed to have split with his team, after not turning up for both free practice sessions. He cited his unhappiness with the bike and the team, whilst the team stated it was shocked with his statements, and both the timing and public manner of his exit. With the Spaniard second in the championship, this puts Cortese in a very strong position to take the title on Sunday.