After Maverick Vinales dominance of the opening day’s brace of Moto3 practice sessions in Qatar it was encouraging to see Sandro Cortese set the pace in FP3.
The German, riding for the Ajo KTM squad, spectacularly saved a crash in the closing ten minutes of the session before setting the fastest time on his final tour of the Losail International Circuit. The veteran finished the session just ahead of rookie Romano Fenati and Louis Salom. Last year Cortese won twice but spent much of the season outclassed by Nico Terolm Johann Zarco and Vinales. If he is to challenge for the title this year it is imperative that he lays down a marker inQatar.
For Fenati this was another impressive showing after the Italian finished in the top ten yesterday. The Italian federation rider has really marked himself as a youngster to keep an eye with his impressive turn of speed.
Vinales dropped to the fourth fastest time but having set the pace yesterday there is little cause for concern ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session. Vinales’ former Spanish championship rival, Miguel Oliviera, was fifth fastest with the Honda powered rider looking very consistent throughout. Last year a lack of funds ended what had been a promising season very early but he now looks ready to fulfill his potential.
Danny Kent was sixth fastest ahead of Alex Rins with the Spanish youngster once again showing that in the augural season of Moto3, where teams obviously have no previous data, it will be very possible for rookies to spring surprises.