Moto3 World Championship leader Joan Mir pounced in the dying minutes of free practice two to claim the top spot in the tiddler category after storming to a 2’20.819 on penultimate lap on what was a drying track towards the end of the session.
This is the fourth time this year that the Leopard Racing pilot has ended up on top in the second practice session. More importantly, Mir ended the day on top in the overall combined times.
The Spanish rider was half a second faster than his countryman Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), who also posted his best lap of the session in the final seconds of the session.
Making it a Honda trifecta was Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin, who posted a 2'21.331 on lap eleven.
The first of the KTM riders was 21-year-old Andrea Migno who was 0.326 seconds behind Norrodin, while CIP’s Manuel Pagliani rounded out the top five on his Mahindra with a 2'21.763.
Teenage sensation and wildcard rider Tim Georgi once again was the talk of the session. The seventeen year old who posted the fastest time in Free Practice one in the wet conditions was the early pace setter in the forty minute session.
The Freudenberg Racing Team rider posted a 2'22.326 with 32 minutes to go in the session and looked like he was going to be the man to catch once again. However, Georgi, who starts his third Moto3 World Championship race this Sunday lost the frontend of his KTM machine at turn five which basically ruined his chances of going faster.
Georgi was able to get back out on track in the back half of the session but didn’t improve his times. His time of 2'21.970 which he set in the opening practice session was good enough to see him finish in sixth place in the overall combined times.
Tony Arbolino (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was next in seventh place. Arbolino was .024 seconds faster than the inconsistent Nicolo Bulega. The SKY Racing Team VR46 rider, who should be further up in the championship standings was second at one stage during the session, but eventually ended up in eighth place.
Making up the top ten was Albert Arenas (Aspar Mahindra Moto3) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse).
John McPhee managed to work his way up from thirtieth place to finish in a positive fifteenth position on the British Talent Team Honda machine by posting a 2'23.256 on lap fourteen.