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Danny Kent fastest KTM in the Moto3™ field

Danny Kent fastest KTM in the Moto3™ field

Riders of the new KTM Moto3™ bike and the KALEX-KTM machine completed the second Official three day Test with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent topping the leaderboard on all three days.

Riding in near perfect conditions on the final day, Kent dominated the timesheet registering a lap time of 1’47.1, four tenths ahead of Avintia Racing rider Maverick Viñales, considered one of the favorites for the new Moto3 class. Additional KTM Moto3 and KALEX-KTM riders dominated the top ten of times reported by the individual teams.

The young British rider reported at the end of the second day that he was lapping faster times than on the 125cc machine he raced last year. "I’m feeling confident and everything is going well. Today we also managed to do a race simulation and each lap we learned something new."

Kent’s teammate Sandro Cortese, who was fastest in the last round of tests in Valencia was also up among the leaders on each day. He crashed on Friday but was back in action and according to team boss Aki Ajo was steadily improving by the end of the final day on Saturday. "It sometimes happens that you crash in tests when you’re trying to go fast, but I have a good feeling. We’re always up with the top guys," said Cortese.

Aki Ajo, team manager of Red Bull KTM Ajo, also reported that his third rider Arthur Sissis, who finished second overall in the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, has "improved a lot and is up with the top ten now".

Again prominent among the fastest riders were the two Aspar Team Moto3 riders Alberto Moncayo and Hector Faubel, both of Spain and who ride the KTM-powered KALEX machine while other KTM riders were also prominent in the top ten fastest on the Spanish circuit.

"Jerez is a very different track than Valencia, but we could see here that it was one that suits Danny Kent," reported team boss Ajo. "We have no big problems and we have to be happy that the engines are working well so we are mainly working on the settings. There’s now a lot of hard work for the team and the KTM Racing Department to prepare for the next tests in three weeks and of course for the start of the season."

Alex Baumgaertel of KALEX-KTM also described the tests as promising and said they were ‘in the ball park’ as far as preparations were going. "We lost a little time yesterday when Luis Salom (RW Racing – KALEX-KTM) crashed and also with Moncayo’s crash. They were not injured but it just set us back a little with our preparations. But we had almost perfect conditions on the final day, and at 2:00 p.m. the tarmac temperature was up to 30 degrees and that was good for us. We know we can improve more as we work towards the next tests in Jerez."

Moto3, 2012

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