Quartararo Quickest on Day One of Valencia Test


Fabio Quartararo made an instant impact on the Moto3 world championship by topping the timesheets on the first day of pre-season testing at Valencia. The Frenchman, who will make his Grand Prix debut this year at the age of 15, went quicker than the existing circuit record to edge out Danny Kent with Honda locking out the top four places.

Quartararo is no stranger to the Ricardo Tormo circuit having taken a double victory here at the end of his title-winning CEV Repsol Moto3 campaign. The Estrella Galicia rider grew in stature as the day unfolded and in the closing stages of the final session, Quartararo clocked a 1:39.392, eight thousandths under the lap record set in last season’s title showdown.

Danny Kent was competitive throughout the day, breaking into the top six in all three sessions, with his time early in the afternoon good enough for second overall, just two hundredths shy of the star rookie. Enea Bastianini took that honour himself last year and the Italian showed signs of kicking on this term, finishing third as the Gresini team adapted to their switch from KTM to Honda machinery.

Niccolo Antonelli shone throughout pre-season testing last year and appears to have hit the ground running in 2015 too, ending the opening day in fourth, while Miguel Oliveira gave the Red Bull Ajo team hope that there will be life after Jack Miller, finishing fifth as the leading KTM rider.

Isaac Vinales rounded out the top six ahead of Karel Hanika and Romano Fenati with Mapfre Mahindra duo Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin ninth and tenth respectively. John McPhee was eighteenth quickest while his former teammate Efren Vazquez had a disastrous day, injuring his right foot with a crash in the second session.

 

2015 Moto3 Testing: Valencia – February 10

1 Fabio Quartararo Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:39.392
2 Danny Kent Honda Leopard Racing 1:39.415
3 Enea Bastianini Honda Junior Team Gresini Moto3 1:39.669
4 Niccolo Antonelli Honda Ongetta-Rivacold 1:39.784
5 Miguel Oliveira KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:39.805
6 Isaac Vinales Husqvarna Husqvarna Factory Laglisse 1:39.841
7 Karel Hanika KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:39.982
8 Romano Fenati KTM Sky Racing Team VR46 1:40.017
9 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:40.119
10 Jorge Martin Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:40.154
11 Brad Binder KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:40.221
12 Alexis Masbou Honda Saxoprint-RTG 1:40.286
13 Livio Loi Honda RW Racing GP 1:40.317
14 Jorge Navarro Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:40.388
15 Andrea Migno KTM Sky Racing Team VR46 1:40.427
16 Andrea Locatelli Honda Junior Team Gresini Moto3 1:40.447
17 Hiroki Ono Honda Leopard Racing 1:40.570
18 John McPhee Honda Saxoprint-RTG 1:40.592
19 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra San Carlo Team Italia 1:40.693
20 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra CIP 1:40.698
21 Niklas Ajo KTM RBA Racing Team 1:40.806
22 Jules Danilo Honda Ongetta-Rivacold 1:40.877
23 Philipp Oettl KTM Schedl GP Racing 1:40.985
24 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM RBA Racing Team 1:41.018
25 Efren Vazquez Honda Leopard Racing 1:41.035
26 Ana Carrasco KTM RBA Racing Team 1:41.430
27 Maria Herrera Husqvarna Husqvarna Factory Laglisse 1:41.454
28 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:41.788
29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra San Carlo Team Italia 1:41.815
30 Remy Gardner Mahindra CIP 1:41.869
31 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra Outox Reset Drink Team 1:42.197
32 Daryn Binder Mahindra Outox Reset Drink Team 1:42.487