Niccolo Antonelli set the pace in Moto3 testing at Valencia for the second day in succession but his dominance was finally challenged by Jack Miller. The Italian broke into the 1:39s but only once Miller had done so himself earlier in the day, Antonelli’s best time just eight thousandths quicker than the Australian.
Although he didn’t enjoy the comfortable advantage of day one, Niccolo was pleased with the progress made and confident of more to come on the final day.
“I am very happy because apart from the lap time we were able to further improve the bike setup and now we are really close to what we might call an ideal setting. Of course, we can always improve in many areas, but at this point they are just refinement: in particular, I think there is still some room for progress both on corner entry and exit. Today the track conditions were better than in the first day of testing and many riders lowered their times, but we are still on top, and this is really important”.
KTM motorcycles made up the top seven positions with Danny Kent third ahead of Romano Fenati, Isaac Vinales and two more Italian youngsters, Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini. Miguel Oliveira was eighth on the fastest Mahindra, three quarters of a second down, while Alex Rins finally showed a flash of speed from the new Honda to finish ninth.
|MOTO3 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – 12TH FEBRUARY 2014|
|1||NICCOLO ANTONELLI||KTM||JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3||1:39.454|
|2||JACK MILLER||KTM||RED BULL KTM AJO||1:39.462|
|3||DANNY KENT||HUSQVARNA||RED BULL HUSQVARNA AJO||1:39.726|
|4||ROMANO FENATI||KTM||SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46||1:39.885|
|5||ISAAC VINALES||KTM||CALVO TEAM||1:40.060|
|6||FRANCESO BAGNAIA||KTM||SKY RACING TEAM BY VR46||1:40.103|
|7||ENEA BASTIANINI||KTM||JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3||1:40.166|
|8||MIGUEL OLIVEIRA||MAHINDRA||MAHINDRA RACING||1:40.206|
|9||ALEX RINS||HONDA||ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||1:40.231|
|10||JUANFRAN GUEVARA||KALEX KTM||MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO3||1:40.382|
|11||LIVIO LOI||KALEX KTM||MARC VDS RACING TEAM||1:40.394|
|12||ARTHUR SISSIS||MAHINDRA||MAHINDRA RACING||1:40.409|
|13||JAKUB KORNFEIL||KTM||CALVO TEAM||1:40.444|
|15||PHILIPP OETTL||KALEX KTM||INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO3||1:40.601|
|16||ALEX MARQUEZ||HONDA||ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0||1:40.629|
|18||ERIC GRANADO||KTM||CALVO TEAM||1:40.789|
|19||BRAD BINDER||MAHINDRA||AMBROGIO RACING||1:40.965|
|20||NIKLAS AJO||HUSQVARNA||AVANT TECNO HUSQVARNA AJO||1:41.127|
|21||MATTEO FERRARI||MAHINDRA||SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA||1:41.321|
|22||ANA CARRASCO||KALEX KTM||RW RACING GP||1:41.393|
|23||LUCA GRUNWALD||KALEX KTM||KIEFER RACING||1:41.542|
|24||GABRIEL RAMOS||KALEX KTM||KIEFER RACING||1:41.749|
|25||SCOTT DEROUE||KALEX KTM||RW RACING GP||1:41.765|
|26||JULES DANILO||MAHINDRA||AMBROGIO RACING||1:41.962|
|27||ANDREA LOCATELLI||MAHINDRA||SAN CARLO TEAM ITALIA||1:42.043|
|33||KAREL HANIKA||KTM||RED BULL KTM AJO||1:50.755|