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The Moto2™ and Moto3™ teams and riders return to Jerez for their final preseason test of the 2015 season.
Action returns to the Jerez circuit less than a month since the previous test at the same circuit for the two supporting classes in the MotoGP™ World Championship.
In Moto2™ it was Johann Zarco, the man who finished 6th in the championship in last year, who led the way on his Ajo Motorsport Team machine during the previous test. He finished just over 4 hundredths of a second quicker than Brit Sam Lowes, who on his Speed Up Racing machine represented the only rider in the top 10 not using a Kalex chassis.
Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat will be hoping to improve on his third place finish the last time the riders were at the circuit with the Spaniard just over two-tenths slower than Zarco on his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing team bike.
Axel Pons will look to build on his impressive showing last time out when he managed to claim 4th spot overall for his AGR Team ahead of the Paginas Amarilla's HP 40 bike of Luis Salom.
Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese, who finished 6th fastest in Jerez a month ago, say he is ready to “step up his game” this season and will be looking to establish himself as a genuine contender for the title over the three days.
In Moto3™ it was the young French rider Fabio Quartararo who dominated both previous tests, leaving Jerez last month on top of the timesheet’s for his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Racing Team. The rookie has surprised a lot of people with his preseason pace having only made the step up to the class this season after winning the FIM CEV International Moto3™ Championship last year.
Spanish rider Jorge Martin was second fastest, just 0.01s slower, as the Red Bull Rookies Cup winner from 2014 was another newcomer to the class to impress and was the only non-Honda bike to break into the top 6 on his Mapfre Mahindra Team machine.
British rider Danny Kent on his Leopard Racing Honda finished the first Jerez test in 3rd ahead of Italian Niccolo Antonelli and Scot John McPhee, while another rookie in the form of Jorge Navarro who is Quartararo’s teammate in the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team rounded out the top six.
The actions kicks off at the Circuito de Jerez on March 17 at 10am local time, following the conclusion of the final preseason MotoGP™ test in Qatar the day before, with the riders completing three days at the Spanish track in preparation for the start of the season on 29 March.
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