Maverick Vinales cemented his status as the 2013 Moto3 championship favourite by setting the pace for the third day in succession at Valencia. The 18 year old continued to lead compatriots Alex Rins and Luis Salom as the trio remained the class of the field at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

For Vinales, the test will have vindicated him for his decision to pursue a KTM ride, commenting that the engine was very much to his liking. The Estrella Galicia and Red Bull Ajo squads will also be running the Austrian machinery and Rins and Salom certainly kept Vinales honest, ending the test within four tenths of his benchmark time.

Jonas Folger completed a consistent week on a high with fourth place although he admitted there were still tweaks to be made to the 2013 Kalex-KTM but the biggest improvement on day three came from the Caretta Technology-RTG team. Jack Miller, so often a star in wet conditions, showed his best form yet in the dry to finish fifth while Scotland’s John McPhee backed up his teammate in ninth. The pair were separated by Romano Fenati who blotted his copybook with a crash, Alex Marquez on the second Estrella Galicia KTM, and Efren Vazquez on the Suter-backed Mahindra.

The quickest rookie at the end of the week turned out to be Livio Loi on Marc VDS Racing’s Kalex-KTM although Ana Carrasco continued her impressive start to life as a Grand Prix rider by finishing sixteenth overall.

 

Moto3 Valencia Test: Combined Classification – Thursday 14th February
Pos Rider Nat Team Best Time
1 25. Maverick Vinales JHK t-shirt Laglisse 1:39.299
2 42. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0’0 1:39.585
3 39. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:39.669
4 94. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 1:40.050
5 8. Jack Miller Caretta Technology-RTG 1:40.291
6 5. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia 1:40.428
7 12. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0’0 1:40.468
8 7. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing 1:40.495
9 17. John McPhee Caretta Technology-RTG 1:40.510
10 44. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing 1:40.526
11 84. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP 1:40.543
12 63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:40.564
13 41. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing 1:40.728
14 11. Livio Loi Marc VDS Racing Team 1:40.750
15 61. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:40.918
16 22. Ana Carrasco JHK t-shirt Laglisse 1:40.946
17 4. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia 1:41.028
18 65. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events 1:41.109
19 58. Juan Francisco Guevara CIP 1:41.165
= 99. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing 1:41.165
21 77. Lorenzo Baldassarri Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini 1:41.176
22 32. Isaac Vinales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:41.196
23 31. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno 1:41.250
24 3. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:41.327
25 9. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing 1:41.511
26 53. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP 1:41.515
27 57. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 1:41.526
28 19. Alessandro Tonucci Team La Fonte Tascaracing 1:41.969
29 29. Hyuga Watanabe Team La Fonte Tascaracing 1:42.169
30 89. Alan Techer CIP 1:42.334
31 23. Niccolo Antonelli Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini 1:42.670