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Viñales and KTM throw down the gauntlet in Valencia

Viñales and KTM throw down the gauntlet in Valencia

Dominance across all three days by JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Maverick Viñales has sent a clear warning to the Moto3™ grid at the Valencia test that came to an end today.

The Spaniard ended the three days top with a time of 1.39’299, praising his new KTM, saying that he was particularly impressed with the engine, and that it was now only the chassis that needs more work. Estrella Galicia’s Alex Rins, last year’s Rookie of the Year, finished in second less than three tenths behind, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom in tow.

Caretta Technology-RTG’s John McPhee, who had been largely subdued throughout big parts of the test, put in a terrific performance to end the test as fastest FTR Honda, and the last rider below the 1.40 mark. Fifth spot went to Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who was getting acquainted with his 2013 Kalex KTM, citing that he was looking for higher corner speed.

McPhee’s teammate Jack Miller was equally improved as he came sixth, to oust Italian hopeful, San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati, who had looked like the strongest FTR for the majority of the test, into seventh. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s new boy Alex Márquez put in a good showing in eighth, followed by the Mahindra Racing pair of Efrén Vázquez and Miguel Oliveira, who are both adapting to the manufacturer’s completely new bike.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Livio Loi was the fastest rookie in 14th, whilst Viñales’ teammate Ana Carrasco made a tremendous start to her tenure in Moto3 in 16th. There were numerous crashes throughout the sessions for Fenati, Salom, Oliveira, Kiefer Racing’s Toni Finsterbusch, Can Carlo’s Francesco Bagnaia, CIP’s Juan Guevara and Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Matteo Ferrari. None of the riders were seriously hurt.

Moto3, 2013

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