Navarro Ahead After Final Moto3 Test


Jorge Navarro completed an outstanding pre-season for the Moto3 rookies by topping the timesheets in the final test of the winter at Jerez. Navarro, runner-up in last season’s CEV Spanish Moto3 Championship, set the fastest time in one of the few sessions to beat the weather with all three days heavily disrupted by rain in southern Spain.

The very first session of the week saw a brief dry spell with Niccolo Antonelli setting a time good enough to top the day one leaderboard. With the two remaining sessions seeing minimal running due to the rain, the Italian wasn’t challenged until Navarro clocked a 1:48.189, almost a second quicker than the Ongetta rider.

Although he was still some two seconds slower than the benchmark from Jerez last month, Navarro comfortably took the honours overall with conditions only deteriorating from then on. Danny Kent was the only other rider to break into the 1:48s, lifting him to second and ending his encouraging winter on a high, while star rookie Fabio Quartararo pipped Antonelli to third spot.

Three rookies made up the top five with Red Bull Rookies champion Jorge Martin next up on the Mapfre Mahindra, just ahead of last season’s leading debutant Enea Bastianini, while seventh-placed Isaac Vinales set the fastest time of the KTM competitors aboard his Husqvarna-badged machine. Livio Loi sprung a surprise in eighth with the under pressure Romano Fenati taking ninth ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s new recruits, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.

The wet conditions claimed a victim in Ana Carrasco early this morning with the RBA Racing rider suffering a broken collarbone. Surgery will not be required but with the opening practice session of the 2015 season less than a week away, her participation in Qatar must be in serious doubt.

 

2015 Moto3 Testing: Jerez – March 17-19

1 Jorge Navarro Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:48.189
2 Danny Kent Honda Leopard Racing 1:48.930
3 Fabio Quartararo Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:49.033
4 Niccolo Antonelli Honda Ongetta-Rivacold 1:49.055
5 Jorge Martin Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:49.265
6 Enea Bastianini Honda Junior Team Gresini Moto3 1:49.277
7 Isaac Vinales Husqvarna Husqvarna Factory Laglisse 1:49.301
8 Livio Loi Honda RW Racing GP 1:49.401
9 Romano Fenati KTM Sky Racing Team VR46 1:49.433
10 Brad Binder KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:49.461
11 Miguel Oliveira KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:49.508
12 John McPhee Honda Saxoprint-RTG 1:49.714
13 Hiroki Ono Honda Leopard Racing 1:49.820
14 Philipp Oettl KTM Schedl GP Racing 1:49.954
15 Andrea Locatelli Honda Junior Team Gresini Moto3 1:50.048
16 Karel Hanika KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:50.135
17 Alexis Masbou Honda Saxoprint-RTG 1:50.445
18 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra San Carlo Team Italia 1:50.523
19 Maria Herrera Husqvarna Husqvarna Factory Laglisse 1:50.528
20 Stefano Manzi Mahindra San Carlo Team Italia 1:50.578
21 Daryn Binder Mahindra Outox Reset Drink Team 1:50.599
22 Jakub Kornfeil KTM Drive M7 SIC Racing Team 1:50.628
23 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra Outox Reset Drink Team 1:50.776
24 Jules Danilo Honda Ongetta-Rivacold 1:50.811
25 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:51.130
26 Efren Vazquez Honda Leopard Racing 1:51.159
27 Niklas Ajo KTM RBA Racing Team 1:51.405
28 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM RBA Racing Team 1:51.881
29 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra Mapfre Mahindra Team 1:51.913
30 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra CIP 1:52.226
31 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM Drive M7 SIC Racing Team 1:52.332
32 Ana Carrasco KTM RBA Racing Team 1:52.360
33 Andrea Migno KTM Sky Racing Team VR46 1:52.863
34 Remy Gardner Mahindra CIP 1:54.007