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Weather holds at Jerez for early Sunday run

Weather holds at Jerez for early Sunday run

The sun was out for the start of the third and final day of the Moto2 and 125cc Test, and by midday Marc Márquez and Héctor Faubel were the fastest riders in each category.

The weather remained on the side of the Moto2 and 125cc riders at the Jerez circuit for the opening couple of hours of the final day of the Test on Sunday, and by midday Marc Márquez was the fastest of the intermediate category with a lap time of 1’43.324.

The Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol rider posted his effort on only his fifth lap of the morning, as the riders endeavoured to make the most of the conditions. The ambient temperature was cool with the track peaking at 22ºC, permitting a busy first run of the day as the dark clouds that had gathered over the circuit held off.

Márquez was eager to make up for time lost following a crash on the previous day, and following the Spaniard on the timesheet was Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) at only +0.014s down on the lead time. Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) was close behind the Japanese rider at two-tenths further back, as the Spaniard assumed third spot in the timing order by midday.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing), Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing), whose best time from Saturday remains the fastest of the entire weekend so far, were the remainder of the top six by 12pm local time. Tom Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), Aleix Espargaró (Pons Racing), Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP) and Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) completed the top ten.

In the 125cc class Héctor Faubel’s flying lap of 1’47.443 placed the Bankia Aspar rider ahead of team-mate Nico Terol by 0.152s, as the returnee to the category set the quickest time of the weekend so far. Intact Racing Team Germany rider Sandro Cortese was third at 0.392s down on the leader, with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica), Maverick Viñales (PEV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton) and Efrén Vázquez (Ajo Motorsport) all getting within a second of the leader.

Giulian Pedone did not ride following his crash on Saturday. The Swiss 125cc rookie instead opted to rest on Sunday after being taken to hospital with a slight concussion the previous day.

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Moto2, 2011

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