Cortese shines in cold Valencia test

Moto3 test valencia thursday
Thursday, 9 February 2012

Moto3™ pre-season testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia continued with teams making the most of slightly warmer temperatures during the second day of their first test of 2012.

Sunshine and slightly higher temperatures than Wednesday gave the teams and riders the opportunity to get through a busy test schedule at Valencia today, with Moto3 riders making up to 56 laps.

Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo) reported the fastest time again of the field, a 1’41.3 best time and an improvement of three tenths over Wednesdays top time. Alberto Moncayo followed just one tenth behind the German, and commented “if we continue to progress as we are, we’ll do well the rest of the year. Today was good because I felt comfortable from the third lap on."

Briton Danny Kent was two-tenths behind his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Cortese to rank third, while one of the seasons favorites in the new category of Moto3, Hector Faubel, finished fourth, four-tenths off Cortese and seven tenths quicker than his best effort yesterday.

The rest of the field had positive reactions to their second day of testing, including Repsol’s Álex Márquez, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Viñales, though Márquez suffered a small crash caused by the cold track surface early in the day, his second in two days.

Riding for Team Gresini was young rookie Niccolò Antonelli, who after yesterday’s first shakedown for the youngster racked up 56 laps on his Honda with an encouraging lap time of 1’44.1 to rank him 11th in the field.

Unofficial Moto2 lap times Thursday (recorded by teams):

1. SANDRO CORTESE, RED BULL KTM AJO, 1’41.3 (52 laps)
2. ALBERTO MONCAYO, ASPAR TEAM Moto3, 1’41.4 (42 laps)
3. DANNY KENT, RED BULL KTM AJO, 1’41.5 (56 laps)
4. HECTOR FAUBEL, ASPAR TEAM Moto3, 1’41.8 (34 laps)
5. MIGUEL OLIVEIRA, MONLAU COMPETICION, 1’41.8 (61 laps)
6. ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN, AIRASIA - SIC - AJO, 1’42.4 (33 laps)
7. JACK MILLER, CARRETTA TECHNOLOGY, 1’42.9 (55 laps)
8. LOUIS ROSSI, RACING TEAM GERMANY, 1’43.1 (34 laps)
9. DANNY WEBB, MAHINDRA RACING, 1’43.2 (30 laps)
10. BRAD BINDER, RW RACING GP, 1’43.3 (41 laps)
11. NICCOLO ANTONELLI, SAN CARLO GRESINI Moto3, 1’43.5 (56 laps)
12. EFREN VAZQUEZ, TEAM LAGLISSE, 1’43.8 (25 laps)
13. ALEX MARQUEZ, MONLAU COMPETICION, 1’44.5 (44 laps)
14. ARTHUR SISSIS, RED BULL KTM AJO, 1’44.5 (55 laps)
15. TONI FINSTERBUSCH, RACING TEAM GERMANY, 1’44.8 (33 laps)
16. ADRIAN MARTIN, TEAM LAGLISSE, 1’45.2 (32 laps)
17. JONAS FOLGER, MZ RACING TEAM, 1’45.3 (67 laps)
18. ALEXIS MASBOU, CARRETTA TECHNOLOGY, 1’45.4 (55 laps)
19. GIULIAN PEDONE, AMBROGIO NEXT RACING, 1’45.8 (15 laps)
20. JAKUB KORNFEIL, REDOX-ONGETTA-CENTRO SETA, 1’46.3 (44 laps)
21. MAVERICK VINALES, AVINTIA RACING Moto3, No time provided
22. LUIGI MORCIANO, IODA TEAM ITALIA, No time provided
23. MARCEL SCHROTTER, MAHINDRA RACING, No time provided
24. RICCARDO MORETTI, MAHINDRA RACING, No time provided
25. JASPER IWEMA, MOTO FGR, No time provided
26. ISAAC VINALES, ONGETTA-CENTRO SETA, No time provided
27. LUIS SALOM, RW RACING GP, No time provided
28. ROMANO FENATI, TEAM ITALIA FMI, No time provided
29. ALESSANDRO TONUCCI, TEAM ITALIA FMI, No time provided
30. IVAN MORENO, TEAM MACHADO, No time provided
31. KENTA FUJII, TECHNOMAG-CIP-TSR, No time provided
32. ALAN TECHER, TECHNOMAG-CIP-TSR, No time provided
33. NIKLAS AJO, TT MOTION EVENTS RACING, No time provided

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