Antonelli Flies As KTM Dominate At Valencia


Niccolo Antonelli made a lightning start to pre-season testing at Valencia as KTM-powered motorcycles dominated the opening day of running. Antonelli, whose Gresini team have switched to KTM from Honda over the winter, was three tenths quicker than Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller with the leading Honda 1.3s in arrears.

For Antonelli, today’s performance was a strong statement of intent with the Italian youngster topping all three sessions over the course of the day, all three laps being quicker than anyone else could manage all day. Niccolo admitted he was expecting to be at the sharp end but isn’t getting overexcited yet.

“I am very happy, because after the good impressions obtained at Almeria I expected to be among the fastest here in Valencia, but being on top is always a great feeling! Of course we have to stay calm because we are only at the first day of testing and I am convinced that our rivals will be closer tomorrow. We didn’t make big changes to the bike, just a few refinements, waiting for an improvement of the weather: today the temperatures were always very low, but tomorrow should be warmer”.

Compatriot Romano Fenati is another rider benefitting from a change to KTM machinery having joined the newly formed Sky squad backed by Valentino Rossi. Fenati was third fastest ahead of Isaac Vinales with Danny Kent fifth on his return to the junior class. The Briton is racing for the Red Bull Husqvarna team and although his machine bears the name of the KTM subsidiary company, the bike is of an identical spec to the factory bikes in the Ajo team.

Hafiq Azmi and Enea Bastianini produced fine performances to finish sixth and eighth as they prepare for their first full Grand Prix season, sandwiching the second Sky VR46 KTM of Francesco Bagnaia. The first Honda came next with Efren Vazquez in ninth while title favourites Estrella Galicia 0,0 failed to break the top ten as they gathered data with the new Honda Moto3 machine. Alex Marquez was eleventh quickest while 2013 runner-up Alex Rins could only manage seventeenth.

 

MOTO3 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – 11TH FEBRUARY 2014
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  NICCOLO ANTONELLI KTM JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 1:40.000
2  JACK MILLER KTM RED BULL KTM AJO 1:40.355
3  ROMANO FENATI KTM SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46 1:40.555
4  ISAAC VINALES KTM CALVO TEAM 1:40.675
5  DANNY KENT HUSQVARNA RED BULL HUSQVARNA AJO 1:41.029
6  HAFIQ AZMI KTM SIC-AJO 1:41.120
7  FRANCESO BAGNAIA KTM SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46 1:41.167
8  ENEA BASTIANINI KTM JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 1:41.202
9  EFREN VAZQUEZ HONDA SAXOPRINT-RTG 1:41.345
10  MIGUEL OLIVEIRA MAHINDRA MAHINDRA RACING 1:41.452
11  ALEX MARQUEZ HONDA ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 1:41.502
12  KAREL HANIKA KTM RED BULL KTM AJO 1:41.526
13  ERIC GRANADO KTM CALVO TEAM 1:41.605
14  ARTHUR SISSIS MAHINDRA MAHINDRA RACING 1:41.639
15  PHILIPP OETTL KALEX KTM INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO3 1:41.702
16  LIVIO LOI KALEX KTM MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:41.788
17  ALEX RINS HONDA ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 1:41.815
18  LUCA GRUNWALD KALEX KTM KIEFER RACING 1:41.832
19  JAKUB KORNFEIL KTM CALVO TEAM 1:41.876
20  MATTEO FERRARI MAHINDRA SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA 1:41.983
21  BRAD BINDER MAHINDRA AMBROGIO RACING 1:42.030
22  NIKLAS AJO HUSQVARNA AVANT TECNO HUSQVARNA AJO 1:42.169
23  JUANFRAN GUEVARA KALEX KTM MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO3 1:42.242
24  ANA CARRASCO KALEX KTM RW RACING GP 1:42.610
25  GABRIEL RAMOS KALEX KTM KIEFER RACING 1:42.720
26  ALEXIS MASBOU HONDA ONGETTA-RIVACOLD 1:43.040
27  JULES DANILO MAHINDRA AMBROGIO RACING 1:43.283
28  SCOTT DEROUE KALEX KTM RW RACING GP 1:43.355
29  ANDREA LOCATELLI MAHINDRA SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA 1:43.955
30  JOHN McPHEE HONDA SAXOPRINT-RTG 1:44.031
31  ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN HONDA ONGETTA-AIRASIA 1:49.320
32  BRYAN SCHOUTEN MAHINDRA CIP-MOTO3 NO TIME