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Red Bull Rookies Test concludes at Valencia

Red Bull Rookies Test concludes at Valencia

Daijiro Hiura, Danny Kent and Daniel Ruiz were the fastest riders across the three days prior to the start of the fourth Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season.

Cold and wet conditions were prevalent at the Valencia circuit across the three days of the Test, and by the end of the third and final day on Thursday Japanese 15 year-old Daijiro Hiura was fastest, ahead of 16 year-old Briton Danny Kent and Spaniard Daniel Ruiz who turned 18 on the final day.

Hiura was on the pace all through the test, and said: "It's been a good three days for me. I was happy on the bike right from the start. I was particularly happy with Tuesday because I got a good feeling for riding in the wet. Last year it was taking me too long to get up to speed in the rain so I am a lot happier after the way Tuesday went. I think we've got a good setting and I'm really looking forward to Jerez, it's a track I enjoy and I think I am ready for it."

Kent was not to upset to be second, 0.35s behind, and he was even the quickest rider on the opening day. The Brit stated: "That was what I was looking for; I wanted to be consistently fast. That was my goal for each session and it will be my goal for the season, consistency. That is what was missing last year. I knew that Daijiro was likely to put in a quick lap in that last session, it's what he did at last year's test."

Ruiz, at 0.52s slower than Hiura, said: "We've done some good work on the bike through the test, changed the compression damping on the rear and the sliding that I had early on is gone so I think it is working well now. Jerez is my favourite track of the season so I can't wait for the first race."

Heading into his second Rookies season 14 year-old South African Brad Binder was fourth fastest, and of the newcomers French 15 year-old Alan Techer was the quickest and seventh fastest overall. Another quick debutant was 13 year-old German Florian Alt, who placed ninth overall, and 14 year-old Brazilian Antonio Chiari will also be one to watch this season after he settled immediately as 11th fastest.

Jake Gagne suffered a crash on day one and though not broken his injured ankle meant he could not ride again during the Test. The wet conditions caused some minor falls for other riders, but there were no other injuries.

Racing starts at the Grand Prix in Jerez on May 1st and 2nd and the blow by blow story can be followed on Twitter once practice gets under way on April 30th. More information can also be found on the official Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup website.

RookiesCup, 2010

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