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Viñales moves ahead before crashing at Jerez

Viñales moves ahead before crashing at Jerez

Maverick Viñales topped the timesheets as Jerez Moto3™ testing continued on Wednesday. This was to be the Spaniard’s final day of action this week, as the Team Calvo rider was injured in an accident and is now being treated in Barcelona.

It was a positive start to proceedings, with the weather having improved remarkably after the heavy rainstorms of 24 hours earlier. Damp patches looked to be a hazard in the early stages, but soon dried up thanks to the bright conditions.

A bittersweet day for Viñales was topped by his leading lap time of 1’46.603, having replaced Álex Rins on the top spot before one o’clock. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider fell to second place, with Jonas Folger completing the top three for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom and Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder were next up, as Álex Márquez sealed a double top six result for Estrella Galicia 0,0.

Two riders hit trouble over the course of the day. Italian Francesco Bagnaia lost control of his San Carlo Team Italia machine at the final corner, injuring his left arm and ending proceedings in a cast. However it was Viñales who appeared to grab most headlines, as the 18-year-old – viewed as title favourite by many in the paddock – crash at Crivillé corner, the fastest on the circuit, in the Moto3-only session.

With his right hand having become lodged underneath the motorcycle, Viñales suffered a lost nail and damaged tissue on his third finger. He was soon flown to Barcelona for further medical checks, and after being examined Dr. Xavier Mir of the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus, he is set to undergo reconstructive surgery on Thursday. Furthermore, the issue is not expected to affect the rider’s plans for the opening Grand Prix of the season on 7 April.

This left Eric Granado in seventh place as the second Aspar runner, with the top ten being completed by Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo, Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil and Arthur Sissis on a second Ajo bike. Yesterday’s pace-setter, Jack Miller, finished 11th for Caretta Technology-RTG.

Thursday will bring closure on this week’s test, which runs for just half a day. The final Moto3™ track action will end at just past midday local time (CET).

Moto3™ Jerez Test - Timesheets

Moto3, 2013

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