Antonelli Stays Ahead As Miller Closes In On Day Two


Niccolo Antonelli set the pace in Moto3 testing at Valencia for the second day in succession but his dominance was finally challenged by Jack Miller. The Italian broke into the 1:39s but only once Miller had done so himself earlier in the day, Antonelli’s best time just eight thousandths quicker than the Australian.

Although he didn’t enjoy the comfortable advantage of day one, Niccolo was pleased with the progress made and confident of more to come on the final day.

“I am very happy because apart from the lap time we were able to further improve the bike setup and now we are really close to what we might call an ideal setting. Of course, we can always improve in many areas, but at this point they are just refinement: in particular, I think there is still some room for progress both on corner entry and exit. Today the track conditions were better than in the first day of testing and many riders lowered their times, but we are still on top, and this is really important”.

KTM motorcycles made up the top seven positions with Danny Kent third ahead of Romano Fenati, Isaac Vinales and two more Italian youngsters, Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini. Miguel Oliveira was eighth on the fastest Mahindra, three quarters of a second down, while Alex Rins finally showed a flash of speed from the new Honda to finish ninth.

 

MOTO3 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – 12TH FEBRUARY 2014
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  NICCOLO ANTONELLI KTM JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 1:39.454
2  JACK MILLER KTM RED BULL KTM AJO 1:39.462
3  DANNY KENT HUSQVARNA RED BULL HUSQVARNA AJO 1:39.726
4  ROMANO FENATI KTM SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46 1:39.885
5  ISAAC VINALES KTM CALVO TEAM 1:40.060
6  FRANCESO BAGNAIA KTM SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46 1:40.103
7  ENEA BASTIANINI KTM JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 1:40.166
8  MIGUEL OLIVEIRA MAHINDRA MAHINDRA RACING 1:40.206
9  ALEX RINS HONDA ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 1:40.231
10  JUANFRAN GUEVARA KALEX KTM MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO3 1:40.382
11  LIVIO LOI KALEX KTM MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:40.394
12  ARTHUR SISSIS MAHINDRA MAHINDRA RACING 1:40.409
13  JAKUB KORNFEIL KTM CALVO TEAM 1:40.444
14  EFREN VAZQUEZ HONDA SAXOPRINT-RTG 1:40.546
15  PHILIPP OETTL KALEX KTM INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO3 1:40.601
16  ALEX MARQUEZ HONDA ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 1:40.629
17  HAFIQ AZMI KTM SIC-AJO 1:40.734
18  ERIC GRANADO KTM CALVO TEAM 1:40.789
19  BRAD BINDER MAHINDRA AMBROGIO RACING 1:40.965
20  NIKLAS AJO HUSQVARNA AVANT TECNO HUSQVARNA AJO 1:41.127
21  MATTEO FERRARI MAHINDRA SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA 1:41.321
22  ANA CARRASCO KALEX KTM RW RACING GP 1:41.393
23  LUCA GRUNWALD KALEX KTM KIEFER RACING 1:41.542
24  GABRIEL RAMOS KALEX KTM KIEFER RACING 1:41.749
25  SCOTT DEROUE KALEX KTM RW RACING GP 1:41.765
26  JULES DANILO MAHINDRA AMBROGIO RACING 1:41.962
27  ANDREA LOCATELLI MAHINDRA SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA 1:42.043
28  ALESSANDRO TONUCCI MAHINDRA CIP-MOTO3 1:42.196
29  JOHN McPHEE HONDA SAXOPRINT-RTG 1:42.406
30  ALEXIS MASBOU HONDA ONGETTA-RIVACOLD 1:42.417
31  ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN HONDA ONGETTA-AIRASIA 1:43.019
32  BRYAN SCHOUTEN MAHINDRA CIP-MOTO3 1:43.464
33  KAREL HANIKA KTM RED BULL KTM AJO 1:50.755