Team Italia FMI technical director Roberto Locatelli (Loca) said we should expect more from Romano Fenati after his stunning second place debut in Qatar and the 16-year old is surprising again, as he lead the timesheets in today’s first Moto3 free practice at Jerez which was dry until the last two remaining minutes when some light rain appeared. The Italian lapped in 1.49.760 and was the only rider to dip below the 1.50 minute barrier followed by Qatar GP winner Maverick Vinales who was 0.248s adrift, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese, Miguel Oliveira, Luis Salom were 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Hector Faubel grabbed the sixth spot on the charts before he crashed out at the Michelin turn, a little more than half way through the session which was promptly red flagged. The Aspar rider seemed to suffer some sort of injury to his right knee and was stretchered off to the waiting ambulance to be taken to the medical centre. Arthur Sissis was 7th but he was more than a second adrift followed by his team mate Danny Kent. Closing out the top ten were Jakub Kornfeil and Alberto Moncayo.

Marc Marquez’ younger brother Alex is wild carding this weekend at Jerez on the same Honda that he used to win last week’s second round of the CEV Moto3 championship at the Circuito de Navarra. Jonas Folgar will be missing this weekend’s Spanish GP race as the young rider is suffering from mononucleosis, and he may be in doubt for next week’s Estoril GP.

Moto3 Jerez FP1 results
  • 01. Romano Fenati — Team Italia FMI — FTR Honda M312 — 1’49.760
  • 02. Maverick Vinales — Blusens Avintia — FTR Honda M312 — + 0.248
  • 03. Sandro Cortese — Red Bull KTM Ajo — KTM M32 — 0.478
  • 04. Miguel Oliveira — Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 — Suter Honda Moto3 — + 0.857
  • 05. Luis Salom — RW Racing GP — KALEX KTM — + 0.965
  • 06. Hector Faubel — BANKIA Aspar Team — KALEX KTM — + 0.968
  • 07. Arthur Sissis — Red Bull KTM Ajo — KTM M32 — + 1.052
  • 08. Danny Kent — Red Bull KTM Ajo — KTM M32 — + 1.168
  • 09. Jakub Kornfeil — Redox Ongetta Centro Seta — FTR Honda M312 — + 1.256
  • 10. Alberto Moncayo — BANKIA Aspar Team — KALEX KTM — + 1.315
  • 11. Alex Marquez — Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 — Suter Honda Moto3 — + 1.316
  • 12. Louis Rossi — Racing Team Germany — FTR Honda M312 — + 1.340
  • 13. Niccolò Antonelli — San Carlo Gresini Moto3 — FTR Honda M312 — + 1.380
  • 14. Alex Rins — Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 — Suter Honda Moto3 — + 1.440
  • 15. Niklas Ajo — TT Motion Events Racing — KTM M32 — + 1.653
  • 16. Alessandro Tonucci — Team Italia FMI — FTR Honda M312 — + 1.686
  • 17. Jasper Iwema — MOTO FGR — MOTO FGR 3 Honda — + 1.871
  • 18. Brad Binder — RW Racing GP — KALEX KTM — + 1.953
  • 19. Alexis Masbou — Caretta Technology — Honda NSF250R — + 2.104
  • 20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin — AirAsia SIC Ajo — KTM M32 — + 2.194
  • 21- Alan Techer — Technomag CIP TSR — Honda NSF250R — + 2.371
  • 22- Danny Webb — Mahindra Racing — Mahindra MGP3O — + 2.433
  • 23. Isaac Vinales — Ongetta Centro Seta — FTR Honda M312 — + 2.493
  • 24. Kenta Fuji — Technomag CIP TSR — TSR 3 Honda — + 2.826
  • 25. Jack Miller — Caretta Technology — Honda NSF250R — + 3.220
  • 26. Marcel Schrotter — Mahindra Racing — Mahindra MGP3O — + 3.320
  • 27. Simone Grotzkyj Giorgi — Ambrogio NEXT Racing — Oral M3 — + 3.477
  • 28. Adrian Martin — JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse — FTR Honda M312 — + 3.563
  • 29. Ivan Moreno — Andalucia JHK LaGlisse — FTR Honda M312 — + 3.669
  • 30. Efren Vazquez — JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse — FTR Honda M312 — + 3.773
  • 31. Toni Finsterbusch — Cresto Guide MZ Racing — MZ Honda Moto3 — + 4.797
  • 32. Josep Rodriguez — Wild Wolf BST — FTR Honda M312 — + 5.233
  • 33. Giulian Pedone — Ambrogio NEXT Racing — Oral M3 — + 6.805
  • 34. Luigi Morciano — Ioda Team Italia — Ioda TR002 — + 7.481