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Antonelli sets early Moto3™ pace on day one in Jerez

 Antonelli sets early Moto3™ pace on day one in Jerez

Niccolo Antonelli set the fastest Moto3™ time during the morning in Jerez, on the first day of the final preseason test.

The teams were greeted by sunshine and an air temperature of 18 degrees when they arrived at the Circuito de Jerez on Tuesday morning, but with rain forecast, it didn't take long for the showers to arrive.

The Moto3™ teams were quick to send their riders out for the first session to take advantage of the dry track before the heavens opened. It was Italian Niccolo Antonelli, on his Ongetta-Rivacold machine, who set the fastest time around the 4.4 km circuit. His 1’49.055 was over two second’s slower than the circuit record of Luis Salom set in 2013, and 3.5 seconds slower than Fabio Quartararo’s time at the track during the previous test in February, but still good enough to top the timesheets.

Husqvarna Factory Laglisse’s Isaac Viñales ended the session in 2nd place, 0.381s back, and two tenth’s ahead of the South African Brad Binder on his Red Bull KTM Ajo machine in 3rd. His teammate Miguel Oliveira was next on the timesheets in 4th, after recording exactly the same time as British rider Danny Kent on the Leopard Racing bike.

Japanese rider Hiroki Ono was 6th, a further 0.312s behind his teammate Kent, with the man who dominated the two previous preseason tests, talented young French rider Quartararo, finishing in 10th, 1.112s off the pace of Antonelli.

As the first session ended the rain arrived, and with only Miguel Oliveira setting a meaningful lap time in the hazardous conditions, the teams will hope that track dries out for this afternoons sessions.

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