Moto3: Team Sky control wet opening day in Motegi

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The Team Sky VR46 KTM duo of Niccolo Bulega and Andrea Migno have controlled the first day of Moto3 action at the Japanese Grand Prix to end the day first and second – and dispelling issues in wet conditions that they’ve had in the past.

The duo set their fastest times of the day in free practice one to finish the day ahead of Romano Fenati, fastest in the day’s second wet session but unable to top the pace of his former teammates from earlier in the day.

Aron Canet was fourth ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, the only man in the top eight to set his fastest time of the day in the second session, while Manuel Pagliani, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Adam Norrodin rounded out the top eight.

British Talent Team Honda rider John McPhee finished the day 15th overall despite a free practice two crash – a fate suffered by a number of riders including champion-elect Joan Mir, who ended up 17th on combined times.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer