Vinales Quickest Before Ending Day In Hospital

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Maverick Vinales proved to be Moto3’s man to beat once again, setting the fastest time on the penultimate day of pre-season testing, but the Spaniard ended Wednesday in a Barcelona hospital after an unfortunate crash. The accident took the shine off another impressive day for Vinales who had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field before falling.

The JHK Laglisse rider had clocked a 1:46.603s lap by lunchtime but shortly after doing so, crashed at the Criville corner, getting his right hand lodged under the KTM machine in the process. Vinales lost the nail on his third finger as well as suffering tissue damage, necessitating a trip to the Instituto Universitario USP Dexeus and he will undergo reconstructive surgery as a result on Thursday. The injuries will keep him from riding on the final day of testing tomorrow but his participation in Qatar is not thought to be in any doubt.

Without Vinales, Alex Rins topped the afternoon session although his 1:46.689 was still fractionally slower than his compatriot in the combined result. The four riders who have dominated the winter remained a class above the rest with Jonas Folger and Luis Salom third and fourth, four tenths further back.

A six-tenth gap separated the leaders from fifth placed Brad Binder who remained the best of the rest, just as he had been on Monday. Ambrogio Racing teammate Danny Webb was a subdued 27th following his crash in the wet yesterday with Alex Marquez, Eric Granado, Niklas Ajo, Jakub Kornfeil and Arthur Sissis rounding out the top ten.


Moto3 Jerez Test: Combined Classification – Wednesday 20th March
Pos Rider Nat Team Best Time
1 25. Maverick Vinales JHK t-shirt Laglisse 1:46.603
2 42. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0’0 1:46.689
3 94. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 1:47.010
4 39. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.094
5 41. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing 1:47.701
6 12. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0’0 1:47.706
7 57. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 1:47.742
8 31. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno 1:47.787
9 84. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP 1:47.854
10 61. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.861
11 8. Jack Miller Caretta Technology-RTG 1:48.038
12 23. Niccolo Antonelli Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 1:48.076
13 44. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing 1:48.083
14 32. Isaac Vinales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:48.088
15 10. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold 1:48.253
16 63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:48.316
17 5. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia 1:48.393
18 11. Livio Loi Marc VDS Racing Team 1:48.568
19 7. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing 1:48.699
20 77. Lorenzo Baldassarri Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 1:48.819
21 19. Alessandro Tonucci Team La Fonte Tascaracing 1:48.859
22 53. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP 1:48.868
23 4. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia 1:48.886
24 17. John McPhee Caretta Technology-RTG 1:48.907
25 9. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing 1:48.988
26 89. Alan Techer CIP Moto3 1:49.129
27 99. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing 1:49.168
28 65. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events 1:49.248
29 58. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 1:49.264
30 3. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta 1:49.299
31 22. Ana Carrasco JHK t-shirt Laglisse 1:49.555
32 66. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing 1:49.740
33 29. Hyuga Watanabe Team La Fonte Tascaracing 1:50.332


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