2014 Motegi Moto3 Friday PracticeRed Bull Husqvarna Ajo’s Danny Kent set a new lap record Friday during Moto3 free practice for the Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi.
The Brit, who won the 2012 Moto3 race, topped both Friday sessions. His best lap of 1:57.317 new record for the circuit, wiping more than a second off his own previous record from two years ago – which was the lap that had given Kent pole for the 2012 race.Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) trailed Kent by 0.058 and 0.101 of a second respectively. The top five was completed by Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3).In perfect riding conditions, which contrasted with last years disruptively wet and misty weather on day one in Japan, all the riders remained upright in FP2, the majority improving their times over FP1.Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN), the current Moto3 points leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team), Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) and Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team) rounded out the top 10.The Moto3 returns to the Motegi circuit Saturday for two additional free practice sessions ahead of qualifying.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.