Moto3: Oliveira fastset on home turf, rider changes for Estoril GP

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was fastest in the second dry practice, so set the fastest time for Friday, just ahead of German title hopeful Sandro Cortese. Oliveira will be looking to continue his good form on his home circuit where last year in the 125cc race he had the best result ever for a Portuguese rider, finishing seventh. KTM’s Cortese has claimed pole in both rounds of the championship so far. Emerging rookie star Romano Fenati, who has never ridden Estoril before, has already made improvements and was sixth after finishing 15th in FP1.

FP2 top 10 : 1 Oliveira 2 Cortese 3 Salom 4 Vinales 5 Masbou 6 Fenati 7 Kent 8 Rossi 9 Martin 10 Sissis( 22 Webb)

FP1 top 10 : 1 Vinales 2 Oliveira 3 Moncayo 4 Martin 5 Kent 6 Masbou 7 Vazquez 8 Sissis 9 Antonelli 10 Tonucci (15 Fenati 16 Webb )

Current KTM test rider Joan Olive makes a return to the GP paddock to replace Niklas Ajo on the TT Motion Events KTM, who was banned for one race after his altercation with the marshals in Jerez.

Manuel Tatasciore of Italy rides the Caretta Technology Honda in place of  Jack Miller, who suffered a collarbone fracture in Jerez.

Armando Pontone replaces Jonas Folger who is still suffering from glandular fever

Simone Grotzkyj will not race this weekend as he has food poisoning

Wildcards are once again Alex Marquez, little brother of Moto2’s Marc on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Repsol Suter Honda and Kevin Hanus of Germany riding for the Thomas Sabo GP Team on a Honda.


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