Vinales Sets the Moto3 Pace at Circuit of the Americas

Moto3's Maverick Vinales
Moto3's Maverick Vinales
Moto3’s Maverick Vinales

2013 Austin Moto3 Friday Practice Results from Circuit of the Americas

Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales set the pace on day one of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in the Moto3 class ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins by half a second, as Qatar race winner Luis Salom completed the top three.

Viñales, still carrying an injury to his right hand following a crash at the last pre-season test in Jerez, placed himself atop the timesheets with a best effort of 2’18.254 at Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Behind second-placed Rins, Salom was the leading Red Bull KTM Ajo rider from Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati, who led for a solid chunk of the final 40-minute period.

Despite the dusty off-line surface, there were few incidents in the afternoon. Viñales was fleetingly caught out, however, as the Spaniard tumbled at the uphill Turn 1 when overtaking Niccolo Antonelli’s GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 machine. Another rider in the wars was La Fonte Tascaracing’s Hyuga Watanabe, who fell while exiting the Turn 11 hairpin but thankfully sustained no more than a broken gear shifter.

Jonas Folger made the top six for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, hoping for a strong weekend after finishing fifth under floodlights in the Qatar season-opener a fortnight ago. Completing the top ten were Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Isaac Viñales, Estrella Galicia’s Alex Márquez, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb and Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller.

2013 Austin Free Practice 2 Results (Circuit of the Americas):

os.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
125Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM229.72’18.254
242Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM234.12’18.7930.539 / 0.539
339Luis SALOMSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM227.52’18.8150.561 / 0.022
444Miguel OLIVEIRAPORMahindra RacingMahindra220.52’19.6061.352 / 0.791
55Romano FENATIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaFTR Honda226.42’19.7221.468 / 0.116
694Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM224.32’20.2101.956 / 0.488
732Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda217.62’20.3202.066 / 0.110
812Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM233.12’20.3952.141 / 0.075
999Danny WEBBGBRAmbrogio RacingSuter Honda218.22’20.4632.209 / 0.068
108Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology – RTGFTR Honda223.82’20.8812.627 / 0.418
1184Jakub KORNFEILCZERedox RW Racing GPKalex KTM224.12’20.9302.676 / 0.049
1241Brad BINDERRSAAmbrogio RacingSuter Honda216.92’20.9442.690 / 0.014
1331Niklas AJOFINAvant TecnoKTM225.52’20.9692.715 / 0.025
147Efren VAZQUEZSPAMahindra RacingMahindra223.22’21.2172.963 / 0.248
1589Alan TECHERFRACIP Moto3TSR Honda221.42’21.2893.035 / 0.072
1622Ana CARRASCOSPATeam CalvoKTM227.12’21.3613.107 / 0.072
1719Alessandro TONUCCIITALa Fonte TascaracingHonda225.32’21.3973.143 / 0.036
1810Alexis MASBOUFRAOngetta-RivacoldFTR Honda229.72’21.4383.184 / 0.041
1957Eric GRANADOBRAMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM229.82’21.6183.364 / 0.180
2058Juanfran GUEVARASPACIP Moto3TSR Honda221.52’21.6493.395 / 0.031
2123Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda226.62’21.8693.615 / 0.220
2253Jasper IWEMANEDRW Racing GPKalex KTM230.32’21.9503.696 / 0.081
2361Arthur SISSISAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKTM230.12’22.2093.955 / 0.259
2465Philipp OETTLGERPaddock TT Motion EventsKalex KTM228.02’22.2604.006 / 0.051
259Toni FINSTERBUSCHGERKiefer RacingKalex KTM226.72’22.5994.345 / 0.339
2666Florian ALTGERKiefer RacingKalex KTM226.82’22.6734.419 / 0.074
2763Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALRed Bull KTM AjoKTM224.52’22.8124.558 / 0.139
2877Lorenzo BALDASSARRIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda221.62’22.8924.638 / 0.080
293Matteo FERRARIITAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda225.62’23.3025.048 / 0.410
3017John McPHEEGBRCaretta Technology – RTGFTR Honda224.52’23.4745.220 / 0.172
314Francesco BAGNAIAITASan Carlo Team ItaliaFTR Honda228.02’23.7125.458 / 0.238
3229Hyuga WATANABEJPNLa Fonte TascaracingHonda222.42’24.0725.818 / 0.360