Miller quickest at saturated Jerez
Tuesday’s day of Moto3™ testing was all but a washout, as several heavy rainstorms left a soaking wet circuit on offer at Jerez. As the track began to dry in the final hour, Australia’s Jack Miller topped the timesheets for Caretta Technology-RTG, as he and British teammate John McPhee completed a top two lock-out.
The day kicked off with a combined session for both Moto3™ and sister category Moto2™, although not a single rider left the pits for the first 90 minutes. For the first half of the day, any chance of the track drying was continuously washed away by fresh rainfall; this unsurprisingly resulted in a distinct lack of track action and was a complete opposite to the ideal conditions witnessed a day earlier.
A general sigh of relief came as some dry running became possible towards the end of the day, with Miller replacing his teammate on the top spot with 1’57.627 - still over ten seconds slower than what Jonas Folger had managed in the dry on Monday. Further emphasising today’s conditions and the consequent lack of competitive lap times, one second covered only the top three riders and no more than 20 of the 33 on-hand elected to post times.
For the record, the top five was completed by the second and third KTMs of Luis Salom and Arthur Sissis which sandwiched the Estrella Galicia 0,0 machine of Álex Rins. Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil, Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Livio Loi, Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales completed the top nine. Tenth was Danny Webb, although the Ambrogio Racing pilot ended his day with a highside accident in the wet shortly after four o’clock; the Englishman is now on painkillers and hoping the incident does not affect tomorrow’s plan.
Conditions are forecast to improve for Wednesday, which will bring the second and last full day of running this week. After the washout of today the field is striving to continue development work, chiefly with bike setups.
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