Danny Webb’s wet weather skills came to the fore once again as the British rider topped the timesheets on day one of testing at Jerez. Webb led an Ambrogio Racing 1-2 with Brad Binder second fastest as the championship favourites took a back seat.
Conditions improved over the course of the day with the rain easing off during the afternoon session but the track never dried enough for slicks, leaving the teams with precious little to learn on the damp track. With his only Grand Prix pole position coming in the wet, Webb was always going to be a rider worth watching and clocked a 1:56.924, the only rider inside 1m57.
Binder was four tenths of a second adrift in second with Jack Miller, another rider with a formidable record in mixed weather conditions, third fastest for Caretta Technology-RTG. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Luis Salom were the leading KTMs in fourth and fifth for the Ajo squad while Maverick Vinales trailed Jonas Folger in seventh, the first time he’s been beaten in 2013.
Miguel Oliveira proved the speed of the Mahindra isn’t restricted to dry conditions with eighth place ahead of Arthur Sissis while John McPhee finished a fine tenth, edging out the equally impressive Lorenzo Baldassarri. Fellow rookie Livio Loi also showed promise but a heavy crash put a dampener on proceedings for Marc VDS.
|Moto3 Jerez Test: Combined Classification – Tuesday 19th February|
|1||99. Danny Webb||Ambrogio Racing||1:56.924|
|2||41. Brad Binder||Ambrogio Racing||1:57.351|
|3||8. Jack Miller||Caretta Technology-RTG||1:57.383|
|4||63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:57.512|
|5||39. Luis Salom||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:57.881|
|6||94. Jonas Folger||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||1:57.904|
|7||25. Maverick Vinales||JHK t-shirt Laglisse||1:57.994|
|8||44. Miguel Oliveira||Mahindra Racing||1:58.475|
|9||61. Arthur Sissis||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:58.573|
|10||17. John McPhee||Caretta Technology-RTG||1:58.655|
|11||77. Lorenzo Baldassarri||Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini||1:58.863|
|12||57. Eric Granado||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||1:59.098|
|13||32. Isaac Vinales||Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta||1:59.307|
|14||11. Livio Loi||Marc VDS Racing Team||1:59.431|
|15||58. Juan Francisco Guevara||CIP||1:59.524|
|16||29. Hyuga Watanabe||Team La Fonte Tascaracing||1:59.597|
|17||22. Ana Carrasco||JHK t-shirt Laglisse||1:59.851|
|18||7. Efren Vazquez||Mahindra Racing||2:00.020|
|19||5. Romano Fenati||San Carlo Team Italia||2:00.096|
|20||9. Toni Finsterbusch||Kiefer Racing||2:00.467|
|21||3. Matteo Ferrari||Ongetta-Centro Seta||2:00.521|
|22||65. Philipp Oettl||Paddock TT Motion Events||2:01.258|
|23||89. Alan Techer||CIP||2:01.507|
|24||19. Alessandro Tonucci||Team La Fonte Tascaracing||2:02.254|
|25||10. Alexis Masbou||Ongetta-Rivacold||2:02.765|
|26||66. Florian Alt||Kiefer Racing||2:02.967|
|27||4. Francesco Bagnaia||San Carlo Team Italia||2:03.012|