Andrea Migno breaks the lap record to fly into Q2 top of the pile as Championship Leader Pedro Acosta has to go through Q1 again.
Beautiful conditions greeted the Moto3 riders at the start of free practice three as the sun was out in the Tuscan Hills. The Moto3 riders went out onto track to try and improve their lap times to get into Q2. Championship Leader, Pedro Acosta was in need of an improved time as he sat in 17th position, behind Jeremy Alcoba and in front of French GP winner out Sergio Garcia. No ground-breaking times were set early on.
Ryusei Yamanaka was the first to bite the dust with a huge off-throttle high-side into Turn four. He was on the brakes as the rear of the bike snapped around to launch him into the air, and he rolled off into the gravel. He looked a little bit dazed as he sat behind the barriers with the marshals, so we will wait for an update on his condition.
Gabriel Rodrigo had a very good save of turns two and three as he was flicked up into the air after the bike snapped sideways, but he regathered himself, got his bottom back on the seat and carried on.
Quite a way into the session until we saw an improvement, as GASAGAS Solunion Gaviota Rider Sergio Garcia shot to the top of the timing screens, knocking Darryn Binder out of top spot.
There was a bit of arm-waving from Andrea Migno as he was blocked by Ayumu Sasaki out of “Borgo San Lorenzo” corner. He barged his way past the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider on the exit and was clearly unhappy after his fast first sector.
The session came alive with five minutes to go. The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders went out together. Pedro Acosta was across the line first but Jaume Masia caught and passed his team-mate by the first “Arrabbiata”. He had a wobble later in the lap and messed both of their first quick laps up but pushed on into the next lap. After getting onto the back of a quick group of riders, Jaume Masia got a perfect slipstream to go fastest with one minute to go. A new Moto3 lap record of the Mugello Circuit.
Gabriel Rodrigo went second and looked to be going even faster as he forced his way past Pedro Acosta but looked to be held up by the rookie. Niccolo Antonelli went fourth fastest very briefly, but his lap time was quickly deleted due to an excursion onto the green paint, so he has to go through Q1.
Andrea Migno went fastest at the last gasp. He was nowhere near anybody and went 0.125 secs faster than Jaume Masia’s new lap record set moments earlier. Sergio Garcia ended up in fourth just in front of the impressive Swiss rider Jason Dupasquier. Jeremy Alcoba was sixth after being absolutely nowhere yesterday, so a good recovery from the young Spaniard. Darryn Binder was seventh in front of Ayumu Sasaki and Stefano Nepa.
John McPhee ended the Free Practice sessions in tenth so he is in Q2 this week, just in front of Romano Fenati who will be looking for a good result at home in Italy. Pedro Acosta however, has to go through Q1 after finishing 16th on combined times. We’ve seen this a couple of times from the rookie but his incredible race craft always seems to shine through come Sunday Morning.
Q1 is set to be very interesting with some of the championship contenders in there. We can’t wait to find out who breaks through into Q2.