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Rain frustrates most as Moto3™ leaves Andalucía

Of the three days on offer for Jerez testing this week, two of them were heavily affected by adverse weather conditions. Needless to say, this was the prime source of frustration up and down the pit lane as all Moto3™ teams were presented with no option but to significantly reduce their running programmes.

As was the case in the Moto2™ class, which was also testing at the Spanish venue, teams and riders enjoyed fully dry weather only on Wednesday. It was then that Maverick Viñales set the pace courtesy of his 1:46.805 lap time for JHK t-shirt Laglisse. The top three was rounded out by Spanish countrymen Alex Rins and Luis Salom for Estrella Galicia 0,0 and Red Bull KTM Ajo, respectively.

Viñales' particular optimism could not be shared by all, as most complained of a distinct lack of useful running opportunities.

‘Not perfect weather in Jerez at the moment!’ Livio Loi tweeted at the start of the week. ‘En route to the track…it’s the final day of test. And, it’s wet…!’ John McPhee contributed on Thursday morning, with his weather forecast remaining applicable for the entire day.

On a more positive note, newcomer Juanfran Guevara raised a few eyebrows in the paddock. The 17-year-old from Lorca went sixth fastest in the dry on Wednesday and even led the field at the halfway point. Although testing times are always speculative to a degree, the CIP rider could be a surprise in 2013. His mood was clear to assess, as tweets accompanied by smiley face icons…

Moto3™ will be back in action in March, returning to Jerez for the final pre-season test before the championship opener in Qatar.

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Moto3, 2013

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