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French Moto3 Practice 2 Results | Masia sets Le Mans benchmark, Ortola crashes twice

Jaume Masia clicked off the quickest lap time during Friday's two Moto3 Practice sessions at Le Mans, the Spaniard leaving it late to nudge ahead of Ayumu Sasaki.

Coming to France riding high in fourth overall despite not yet tasting the winners' champagne, Masia kicked off his weekend as he means to go on by surging to the top with his final effort on the Leopard Honda.

His time attack was enough to bump down Husqvarna IntactGP's Sasaki to second, both he and Masia the only riders to break into the 1m 41s bracket.


Xavier Artigas made it three different marques inside the top three aboard the CFMoto PruestelGP bike, while Romano Fenati enjoyed a positive start to his weekend with an eye-catching run to fourth quickest.

Championship leader Daniel Holgado led an unusual muted KTM challenge in fifth place, ahead of top rookie Jose Antonio Rueda on the sister full factory Red Bull KTM Ajo machine.

Winner of the last two Moto3 races, Ivan Ortola endured an eventful start to the weekend with a crash in both P1 and P2, though the Angeluss MTA rider would recover to end the day seventh best.

Diogo Moreira was another to hit the deck in P2 en route to eighth by the conclusion, while Joel Kelso - now almost fully fit following a spell out through injury - and Deniz Oncu completed the top ten.

With P3 remaining to decide which 14 riders head through to Q2 automatically, the remaining provisional spots are held by Filippo Fairoli, Syarifuddin Azman, Ryusei Yamanaka and Mario Suryo Aji.

Britain's Scott Ogden sits on the cusp of the top fourteen in 15th aboard the VisionTrack Racing Honda, while his team-mate Joshua Whatley ended his Friday in 22nd.

French Moto3 | Practice 2 Results

P1 + P2 Times Combined | Le Mans | Conditions - Dry, Sunny, Warm
2023 French Moto3 | Le Mans, France | Practice 2 Results | Round 5 of 20
1Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHonda1m 41.846
2Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 41.983
3Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 42.164
4Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 42.192
5Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 42.259
6Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 42.342
7Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 42.491
8Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 42.510
9Joel KelsoAUSCFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 42.545
10Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 42.653
11Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 42.708
12Syarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 42.708
13Ryusei YamanakaJPNGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 42.762
14Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 42.845
15Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 42.934
16Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 42.975
17Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTM1m 43.036
18Taiyo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda1m 43.065
19Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 43.122
20Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTM1m 43.127
21David AlonsoCOLGASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 43.256
22Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack RacingHonda1m 43.277
23Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHonda1m 43.465
24David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTM1m 43.589
25Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 43.720
26Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 44.089
27Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 44.215

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