Viñales still top as last Jerez day a washout

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Wet conditions for the final day of Moto3™ testing at the Jerez circuit meant that JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Maverick Viñales stayed top of the pile with his time set in the dry yesterday, ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom.

On a day that was far from ideal as far as test conditions go, riders did not put in a large number of laps as Caretta Technology-RTG’s Jack Miller led Rins and Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil at the end of the day.

Yet the test concluded with a trio of KTMs at the top, with Viñales setting the best time of 1:46.805, with Rins only 0.006 seconds off and Salom a further three tenths adrift. Viñales, though happy with the bike, cited that chatter in high-speed corners was the most urgent issue to resolve.

Just slightly behind the Kalex KTM of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, Mahindra Racing has reason to be pleased with its second outing with its new bike, with Miguel Oliveira putting the new machine in fifth. CIP’s Juanfran Guevara was the fastest rookie of the test in sixth, having led briefly at the halfway point yesterday. The overall top ten was rounded out by Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder on the Suter Honda, Mahindra’s Efrén Vázquez, Binder’s teammate Danny Webb – who had been fastest in the wet on Tuesday – and Kornfeil.

This week’s test has not been without its mishaps. On Wednesday, Red Bull’s Arthur Sissis became victim of a broken engine and consequently missed the opportunity to rack up vital dry running in the afternoon. On top of this, several riders have suffered falls and off-track excursions over the course of the test – chiefly due to the adverse conditions – but all escaped uninjured.

Moto3™ will regroup for the final pre-season test in Jerez from 18-21 March, which precedes Qatar’s opening round of the 2013 campaign in early April.

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