Vinales Sets The Pace In Jerez Pre-Season Test

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Maverick Viñales emphasised his status as the pre-season Moto3 championship favourite by finishing the final pre-season test on top. With the new 250cc four-strokes replacing last year's 125s, an unpredictable season lies ahead but after a sensational rookie season, many expect Viñales to lead the way this year.

The Avintia Racing rider was quickest despite a crash this morning with Danny Kent getting the closest to him in the afternoon. The British youngster is looking to build on an impressive season with Ajo Motorsport last year and with the Finnish squad benefiting from factory KTM support in 2012, hopes are high for British success this year.

Kent and teammate Sandro Cortese were second and fourth at the end of the test, sandwiching Italian rookie Romano Fenati who impressed all week. The Italian, who succeeded Vinales as European 125cc Champion, was fastest of all on day one on similar machinery to the pacesetter.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was fifth fastest on another Ajo-supported KTM ahead of another Italian rookie, Niccolo Antonelli. The San Carlo Gresini rider narrowly pipped Fenati to the Italian 125cc Championship last year and both look set to make their presence felt on the world stage this year.

Alberto Moncayo was seventh quickest as he carries the unenviable burden of succeeding Nicolas Terol at Bankia Aspar. The 2011 champions will run KTM engines with a Kalex chassis and time will tell as to whether that proves a successful combination. In Jerez, Moncayo was a full 1.2 seconds off the pace with teammate Hector Faubel a further four tenths adrift.

The two Estrella Galicia 0'0 bikes were next with Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins eighth and ninth. The Monlau Competicion squad will be competing in the junior class for the first time, having supported Marc Marquez in Moto2 last year, and will surely pose a threat to the big guns this year.

Danny Webb finished the week in 23rd place for Mahindra as the Indian team continued to understand their first ever Moto3 challenger. The Briton was just under three seconds off the pace and will hope to close the gap before the opening race in Qatar on April 8th.


Moto3 Official Test – Jerez (Combined Classification)

Pos Rider Nat Motorcycle Team Lap Time
1 Maverick Viñales SPA FTR Honda Avintia Racing Moto3 1:46.838
2 Danny Kent GBR KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.262
3 Romano Fenati ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI 1:47.408
4 Sandro Cortese GER KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.437
5 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 1:47.491
6 Niccolo Antonelli ITA Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 1:47.759
7 Alberto Moncayo SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team 1:48.045
8 Miguel Oliveira POR Honda Estrella Galicia 0'0 1:48.245
9 Alex Rins SPA Honda Estrella Galicia 0'0 1:48.350
10 Louis Rossi FRA FTR Honda Racing Team Germany 1:48.369
11 Hector Faubel SPA Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team 1:48.483
12 Luis Salom SPA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP 1:48.488
13 Alexis Masbou FRA Honda Caretta Technology 1:48.556
14 Arthur Sissis AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:48.675
15 Jakub Kornfeil CZE FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:48.937
16 Efren Vazquez SPA Honda JHK Laglisse 1:49.139
17 Alan Techer FRA Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR 1:49.155
18 Niklas Ajo FIN KTM TT Motion Events Racing 1:49.176
19 Brad Binder RSA Kalex KTM RW Racing GP 1:49.317
20 Adrian Martin SPA Honda JHK Laglisse 1:49.397
21 Jack Miller AUS Honda Techno Racing 1:49.546
22 Alessandro Tonucci ITA FTR Honda Team Italia FMI 1:49.553
23 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing 1:49.739
24 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing 1:49.751
25 Toni Finsterbusch GER MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing 1:50.119
26 Kenta Fujii JAP Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR 1:50.268
27 Ivan Moreno SPA FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse 1:50.285
28 Isaac Viñales SPA FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:50.425
29 Jasper Iwema NED FGR Honda Moto FGR 1:50.878
30 Jonas Folger GER Ioda Ioda Racing Project 1:51.401
31 Manuel Tatasciore ITA Oral Ambrogio Next Racing 1:51.797
32 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Oral Ambrogio Next Racing 1:52.320
33 Luigi Morciano ITA Ioda Ioda Team Italia 1:52.344


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