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Moto3 USA P2 Results | Ayumu Sasaki picks his moment top Friday Practice

Ayumu Sasaki has started as he means to go on by popping to the top of the timesheets in Friday’s second Moto3 Practice session at Circuit of The Americas.

The IntactGP Husqvarna rider was one of only a handful of riders to find significant gains during the afternoon session, which was hampered by irregular spots of rain at different parts of the circuit.

Nevertheless, Sasaki - who crashed out of the lead in the most recent Argentina Moto3 race - found a gap in the conditions to improve on his P1 lap time by almost 0.8s, leapfrogging him from third to first.


It was enough to give him a +0.1s advantage over second place man Jaume Masia, though the Leopard Racing rider appears to have pace in hand after being baulked on one of his faster laps.

Ivan Ortola followed up in third place, the Spaniard finding a full second between sessions to ascend from seventh to third.

Indeed, with the sketchy conditions spooking some riders, P1 pace setter Diogo Moreira was able to hold onto fourth despite failing to improve his time, the Brazilian leading Daniel Holgado in fifth and Kaito Toba, the Japanese rider making the biggest gains by jumping from 15th to sixth on the SIC58 Honda.

Deniz Oncu and Tatsuki Suzuki followed in seventh and eighth, with David Munoz - another big riser - and Romano Fenati completing the top ten.

Completing the 14 riders who will progress through to Q2 was Matteo Bertelle, Jose Antonio Rueda - who could be a doubt after a huge high-side necessitated a trip to the medical centre - Stefano Nepa and Riccardo Rossi.

Meanwhile, Scott Ogden - who scored a career-best fifth place in Argentina - appeared to get caught up with Xavier Artigas as they chased a fast time on their final laps, the skirmish benefiting neither with the former left 21st and the latter 18th. Joshua Whatley was 25th quickest.

Moto3 Results after P2 - Grand Prix of The Americas | COTA

Grand Prix of the Americas, USA Moto3 | P2 Results | Circuit of The Americas | Round 3 / 21 
1Ayumu SasakiJPNHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GP2m 16.306
2Jaume MasiaESPLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 16.482
3Ivan OrtolaESPAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 16.762
4Diogo MoreiraBRZMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GP2m 16.908
5Daniel HolgadoESPRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 17.072
6Kaito TobaJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.088
7Deniz OncuTURRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 17.451
8Tatsuki SuzukiJPNLeopard RacingHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.480
9David MunozESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GP2m 17.507
10Romano FenatiITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.569
11Matteo BertelleITARivacold Snipers TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.623
12Jose Antonio RuedaESPRed Bull KTM AjoKTMRC250 GP2m 17.704
13Stefano NepaITAAngeluss MTA TeamKTMRC250 GP2m 17.714
14Riccardo RossiITASIC58 Squadra CorseHondaNSF250 RW2m 17.984
15David AlonsoCOLAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 18.000
16David SalvadorESPCIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 18.014
17Colin VeijerNEDHusqvarna Intact GPHusqvarnaFR250GP2m 18.041
18Xavier ArtigasESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto32m 18.211
19Taylo FurusatoJPNHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.297
20Ryusei YamanakaJPNAutosolar GasGas AsparGasGasRC250 GP2m 18.386
21Scott OgdenGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.557
22Filippo FarioliITARed Bull KTM Tech 3KTMRC250 GP2m 18.575
23David AlmansaESPCFMoto PruestelGPCFMotoMoto32m 18.743
24Andrea MignoITACIP Green PowerKTMRC250 GP2m 18.821
25Joshua WhatleyGBRVisionTrack Racing TeamHondaNSF250 RW2m 18.862
26Ana CarrascoESPBOE MotorsportsKTMRC250 GP2m 19.157
27Mario Suryo AjiINAHonda Team AsiaHondaNSF250 RW2m 19.307
28Syarifuddin AzmanMALMT Helmets - MSIKTMRC250 GP2m 19.322

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