moto3 / Mir in control at home on Friday

In the FP2 the Moto3 championship leader set the best time of the day after having kept dry during the morning’s wet session. A great start too for teammate Livio Loi, fast and close the Top Five.

Just 24 minutes left of the session saw Joan Mir, “the landlord”, show his opponents that he will be the man to beat in Andalusia. The 19-year-old from Mallorca reiterated his strength as a run later in the session saw him cement himself as the fastest rider in the class on the opening day. Teammate Livio Loi, gave the Leopard Racing Team the satisfaction of a double in the Top Five. Both riders are looking strong, despite the difficult start to the Spanish GP weekend.

The weekend of the Gran Premio de España 2017 began on Friday morning with very low temperatures (18° C) compared to the ones that we are often accustomed here in Andalusia at this time of year and dense clouds during FP1. Rain fell off and on throughout the session and saw many of the main protagonists of the class remain inside, including the Leopard Racing Team riders, choosing to avoid any unnecessary risk so early in the weekend.

The Mir-Loi duo stayed in the box until midway through FP2, when the technical manager Christian Lundberg gave the signal to remove the tire heaters and put the NSF 250 RW into pit-lane. The riders hit the track with gusto and rapid speed, quickly moving to the first positions in the timesheets.

Joan Mir, the talent of Palma de Mallorca, was driven by the support of fans who line the Circuit de Jerez, and pulled a rabbit from the cylinder, setting the best time of the day overall. He was imitated by team-mate Livio Loi, the author of a great performance that cements the great work done today by the Leopard Racing Team.

Tomorrow, Saturday 6 May, the protagonists of the Moto3 class will be engaged in the third and last round of the FP3 free, anticipating the official qualifying show.


#36 Joan MIR – 1st (1’49,564):
“It was a strange day. This morning we did not go out on the track because of the rain. In FP2 then we did a few laps, but I’m very happy because I felt comfortable at first. I’m regaining those positive feelings of the first two races. I hope to continue in this direction until Sunday.”

#11 Livio LOI – 5th (1’50.574):
“We did not get on track in FP1 because the time was not the best, while in the FP2 we really did a great job. Although sections were still wet and we had to be careful, we managed to keep a good pace. I’m pretty happy and we hope tomorrow will be dry again.”


Moto3™ Combined Free Practice Times:

1 – J. Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’49.564
2 – R. Fenati / ITA / Marinelli Rivalcold / Honda / 1’49.785
3 – J. McPhee /GBR / British Talent / Honda / 1’50.398
4 – D. Binder / RSA / Platinum Bay Real Estate / KTM / 1’50.566
5 – L. Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’50.574


Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):

Saturday, May 6th:
09:00-09:40 – FP3
12:35-13:15 – QP

Sunday, May 7th:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (23 Laps) – Race

Photo credit: Leopard Racing