Italian Moto3 rider Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team). . / Román Ríos / Archive
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Madrid, Aug 14 . .- Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda) took the lead after an intense first round of free practice for the Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg.
Arbolino rolled in 1: 36.550, more than two tenths ahead of British John McPhee (Honda) and Spanish Jaume Masiá (Honda).
The Argentine Hispanic Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) was the first « victim » in the Red Bull Ring of Spielberg that woke up with the sky very covered and the threat of rain, but with the dry asphalt, which made all the pilots « apply « in depth to try to get a good record as quickly as possible that would guarantee them a place in the second direct classification.
The leader of the world championship, the Spanish Albert Arenas (KTM), also was in the first minutes of the session, when he rolled in 1: 37.970, fulfilling the expectations raised by the weather and perhaps, also, by the fact that this It is a KTM track and the Austrian manufacturer has very close to hand the best set-ups for this track.
As the minutes passed, the main riders cheered up and with less than ten minutes it was the Italian Andrea Migno (KTM) who assumed the responsibility of leading the session by running at 1: 37.617, but also a series of riders lowered the Arenas record in thousandths of a second, as in the case of Raúl Fernández (KTM), Tony Arbolino (Honda) or Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda), but already in the final phase of the session and with everyone looking to lower their time.
Migno lowered his time again by riding 1: 37.131, but behind Jaume Masiá (Honda) took the place away with a fast lap of 1: 37.050 and still with time on the track for new changes to take place in the table, the next starring Tony Arbolino, the first to drop below 37 seconds when shooting at 1: 36.983.
Raúl Fernández (KTM), who wanted to be another of the protagonists of the first session, was the victim of his ambition when he entered too strained and rolled on the ground in turn three, which « left » him in sixth place in the session, with Albert Arenas tenth, Alonso López in twentieth position, Sergio García (Estrella Galicia 0’0 Honda), twenty-second ahead of Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) and Carlos Tatay (KTM), twenty-fifth.