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Quartararo dominates Jerez Moto3™ test

Quartararo dominates Jerez Moto3™ test

15-year-old class rookie dominates field in the second pre-season test.

Fabio Quartararo has laid down a marker to the rest of the Moto3™ field after dominating the last two days of the Jerez test. A weather-affected first day meant that a lot of the times were not exactly representative of the true pace, with Isaac Viñales finishing fastest on a day where the riders only started to put in quick times in the final session. 

As soon as the sun arrived for day two of the test, the stage was set for Quartararo to show why there is such hype surrounding his GP Debut at Qatar. He showed incredibly consistent pace throughout the last two days, and smashed the Jerez Moto3™ pole record (1’46.173) set by Jack Miller last year by over half a second with a 1’45.580.

Apart from the Frenchman, the only two other riders that managed to break the 1’46 mark were the other class rookie Jorge Martin and the Brit Danny Kent, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the test.

It was the reigning Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup Champion Martin who surprised the most with his 1’45.593 in the second session of day 3, as it was almost a second quicker than he had lapped in any of the previous sessions. He was also the only rider to finish in the top 6 over the three days not on a Honda, showing off the potential of the Mapfre Mahindra Aspar Bike.

Danny Kent continued to show how well he has made the switch from his Factory Husqvarna machine to the Leopard Racing Honda by looking genuinely quick throughout the test. The Englishman said that the test had been a great success, with his times made even more remarkable by the fact that his team were concentrating on doing race simulations on old tyres and not focusing on lap times.

Niccolo Antonelli on the Ongetta-Rivagold bike continued his impressive pre-season form, to finish the test 4th fastest overall, shaving 0.8 seconds off his best time from Day 1. Another big surprise was the dramatic improvement of the Scotsman John Mcphee. He rose from 15th and 19th respectively on the time sheets from the first two days to post a 1’46.306 on the final day, an incredible two-second improvement on his best time from day 1. 

The Moto3 pack will be back at Jerez on March 17-19th for the second official test, just a week before the MotoGP season kicks off in style with the Grand Prix of Qatar.

For full rankings from the Jerez Moto3 test, click here.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, JEREZ MOTO2™ - MOTO3™ OFFICIAL TEST, Fabio Quartararo, Estrella Galicia 0,0

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