The rookie just pips Binder on Day 1, with the two split by less than half a tenth.
Reigning FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) topped FP1 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana with a 1:39.561, and after the rain came down and no one was also to improve in FP2 either, that ensures the Texas winner is the fastest man on Friday. It wasn’t by much though, with Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing) just 0.048s further back. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) completed the top three as the final race weekend of the season fires into life, the veteran Italian on form once again.
Guevara, Binder and Migno led the way and with heavy rain coming down near the end of the session, that was all she wrote. But the number 28 GASGAS rider was in the driving seat regardless as he looks to end the year on a high.
Filip Salač (CarXpert PrüstelGP) and 2021 World Champion Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) were inside the top five in FP1, and there were zero crashes to begin the weekend.
Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) topped the times in a mixed FP2, but conditions didn’t allow anyone to improve. The rain had started to fall just as Moto3™ FP1 ended, and the track hadn’t fully dried out by the time the lightweight class came back out for their afternoon session.
A mostly quiet outing played out, with Foggia fastest ahead of an impressive job from Joel Kelso (CIP Green Power). Salač was third, with Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) fourth with more good speed. Migno was a couple of tenths further back in fifth.
Adrian Fernandez (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) was the only crasher, the Spaniard heading for the medical centre but given the OK.
With the track conditions still not ideal in the afternoon, it’s FP1 that sets the pace for Moto3™ on Friday. So Guevara lead Binder leads Migno, with Salač fourth and Acosta fifth.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) put in a good morning stint in P6, ahead of Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3), Valencia specialist Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing).
That’s the top ten on Day 1, but we can expect that to change on Saturday morning – and Foggia will hope so as the Italian is down in P27 overall. FP3 starts at 9:00 (GMT +1), before qualifying from 12:35 for the final lightweight class race of the season!
Moto3™ Friday top five:
1 Izan Guevara – Valresa GASGAS Aspar – GASGAS – 1’39.561
2 Darryn Binder – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Honda – +0.048
3 Andrea Migno – Rivacold Snipers Team – Honda – +0.193
4 Filip Salač – CarXpert PrüstelGP – KTM – +0.209
5 Pedro Acosta – Red Bull KTM Ajo – KTM – +0.332
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