Webb takes charge on wet first day in Jerez

Moto3 Jerez test Day 1
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb made a terrific start to his Jerez Moto3™ test as he mastered the wet conditions best to top the timesheets on day one ahead of his teammate Brad Binder and Caretta Technology-RTG’s Jack Miller.

In the final part of the day Webb put in a lap of 1.56’924, which was over four-tenths faster than his South African teammate. And in a reversal of the Spanish dominance seen in Valencia last week, Australian Miller looked equally comfortable in third, less than a tenth off Binder.

The first outside of the top three was the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo of Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Luis Salom, with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger in tow. JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Maverick Viñales, who had been outstanding in the dry last week, posted the seventh quickest time just fractionally over a second off the top.

Mahindra Racing’s new project got its first wet run today with Miguel Oliveira putting the bike in eighth, ahead of Red Bull’s third rider Arthur Sissis and Miller’s teammate John McPhee. The conditions caught out numerous riders, in particularly the rookies, as Kiefer Racing’s Florian Alt, Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Matteo Ferrari, San Carlo Team Italia’s Francesco Bagnaia, Paddock TT Motion Events’ Philipp Oettl, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Livio Loi and CIP’s Alan Techer all had a spill.

The rain at the track had stopped around mid-day, although the teams were running on wet tyres until the end, as no sun had appeared to dry out the track. However, times had dropped steadily towards the end of the day for all riders. Whilst new performance parts are often tricky to test in the wet, teams will have been able to dial in their wet settings on their new machines.

Jerez Moto3™ Test - Day 1 Results

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