Vinales Sets the Moto3 Pace at Circuit of the Americas

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 229.7 2’18.254
2 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 234.1 2’18.793 0.539 / 0.539
3 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 227.5 2’18.815 0.561 / 0.022
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 220.5 2’19.606 1.352 / 0.791
5 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 226.4 2’19.722 1.468 / 0.116
6 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 224.3 2’20.210 1.956 / 0.488
7 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 217.6 2’20.320 2.066 / 0.110
8 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 233.1 2’20.395 2.141 / 0.075
9 99 Danny WEBB GBR Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 218.2 2’20.463 2.209 / 0.068
10 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 223.8 2’20.881 2.627 / 0.418
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 224.1 2’20.930 2.676 / 0.049
12 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 216.9 2’20.944 2.690 / 0.014
13 31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno KTM 225.5 2’20.969 2.715 / 0.025
14 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 223.2 2’21.217 2.963 / 0.248
15 89 Alan TECHER FRA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 221.4 2’21.289 3.035 / 0.072
16 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA Team Calvo KTM 227.1 2’21.361 3.107 / 0.072
17 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 225.3 2’21.397 3.143 / 0.036
18 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda 229.7 2’21.438 3.184 / 0.041
19 57 Eric GRANADO BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 229.8 2’21.618 3.364 / 0.180
20 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 221.5 2’21.649 3.395 / 0.031
21 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 226.6 2’21.869 3.615 / 0.220
22 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 230.3 2’21.950 3.696 / 0.081
23 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 230.1 2’22.209 3.955 / 0.259
24 65 Philipp OETTL GER Paddock TT Motion Events Kalex KTM 228.0 2’22.260 4.006 / 0.051
25 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 226.7 2’22.599 4.345 / 0.339
26 66 Florian ALT GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 226.8 2’22.673 4.419 / 0.074
27 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 224.5 2’22.812 4.558 / 0.139
28 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 221.6 2’22.892 4.638 / 0.080
29 3 Matteo FERRARI ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 225.6 2’23.302 5.048 / 0.410
30 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 224.5 2’23.474 5.220 / 0.172
31 4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 228.0 2’23.712 5.458 / 0.238
32 29 Hyuga WATANABE JPN La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 222.4 2’24.072 5.818 / 0.360

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