moto3 / Mir dominates Australian Free Practice
The leader of the Moto3 class started with the right foot forward for the Australian weekend by hammering every turn and closing Friday at the top of the combined. His team-mate Livio Loi is 25th.
The Island was officially opened today with the first two free practice sessions of the 2017 Grand Prix of Australia, the sixteenth round of the 2017 World Championship. After yesterday’s raindrops, Friday morning began with sun to welcome the young protagonists of the Moto3 class. Joan Mir hit the track right away, hurtling around the 4.4km high speed Phillip Island bend, the most fascinating circuit on the calendar. His team-mate, Livio Loi, did not fail, scoring the 15th round of the FP1 and making use of a fairly high speed (235.3 km/h).
In the afternoon the temperatures rose sharply (15°C air / 35°C ground), putting the duo of the Leopard Racing Team in the condition to express themselves best in the second session of the day. Once again Mallorca’s talent was the first of the lot to cross the pit-lane exit and completed more laps than any other rider, (21 laps in the FP2) gradually lowering his references and falling first under the 1’38” wall.
The leader of the Moto3 Class thus closed the first day on top of the combination of times and had fun setting his own pace and trajectories around this fascinating circuit, where he debuted exactly two seasons ago. Though he was able to make steps forward, Belgian Livio Loi encountered some difficulty in setting up his NSF250 RW and ended 25th.
Tomorrow at 10:00 local time will be the third and final free practice session, preview of the 13:35 official qualifying show that will set the starting grid for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
#36 Joan MIR – 1st (1’37.111):
“I’m very happy with what went on this first day: I recovered the good feelings I had throughout the season. I feel confident, even though the wind has a lot to do. We have to try to keep us on this level throughout the weekend, we just hope it will not rain!”
#11 Livio LOI – 25th (1’39.197):
“It was a pretty hard day for me, we still did not find the right direction; we have to work hard and try to do better tomorrow.”
Moto3™ Combined Free Practice Times:
1 – J. Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’37.111
2 – A. Canet / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 1’37.341
3 – B. Bendsneyder / NED / Red Bull Ajo / KTM / 1’37.622
5 – J. Martin / SPA / Del Conca Gresini / Honda / 1’37.887
6 – R. Fenati / ITA / Marinelli Rivacold / Honda / 1’37.968
25 – L. Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’39.197
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +11):
Saturday, October 21st:
10:00-10:40 – FP3
13:35-14:15 – QP
Sunday, October 22nd:
10:40-11:00 – WarmUp
13:00 (23 Laps) – Race
Photo credit: Leopard Racing