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Antonelli on top in Moto3™ after rainy first day in Jerez

Antonelli on top in Moto3™ after rainy first day in Jerez

It was Ongetta-Rivacold’s Italian rider Niccolo Antonelli who finished on top, after a day heavily effected by wind and rain in Jerez.

After being greeted by sunny skies and an ambient temperature of 18 degrees at the start of the day, it didn't take long for the forecasted wind and rain to put a dampener on the Moto3™ teams testing plans. With only the first morning session taking place in the dry, and with persistent rain throughout the afternoon meaning the track never really had a chance to dry, it was hard to take much from the first day of the final preseason test at the Circuito de Jerez.

Only a handful of riders went out in the last two sessions, as the deteriorating track conditions meant that most teams preferred not to  take any risks, and kept their bikes in the safety and warmth of the garage.

With that in mind it was during the first session of the day that all of the riders fastest times were set, with Antonelli managing a 1’49.055 on his final lap of 14 around the 4.4 km circuit, 3.5s slower than the fastest time set by Fabio Quartararo during the previous test at the track in February. The Italian finished 0.381s ahead of the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse of Isaac Viñales in 2nd.

Up next were the two Red Bull KTM Ajo machines of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, in 3rd and 4th respectively. The South African Binder setting a lap time just 0.025s quicker than his Portuguese teammate.

British rider Danny Kent managed to record exactly the same time as Oliveira to finish in fifth, just ahead of his Leopard Racing teammate Hiroki Ono, who is making his full debut in the Moto3™ World championship this year.

Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati, who finished 5th in the Championship last year, ended the day in 7th, almost a second slower than the leading rider. Scotland's John McPhee showed good pace on his Saxoprint-RTG Honda to finish in 8th overall, just ahead of the factory Red Bull KTM Ajo bike of Czech rider Karel Hanika.

Rounding out the top ten was the man who has dominated the previous preseason tests, class rookie Fabio Quartararo, as he ended day one of the test on his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1.112s off the pace.

Matteo Ferrari was the leading Mahindra bike in 12th, ahead of another class rookie, Quartararo’s teammate Jorge Navarro.

Competing in her first full Moto3™ season, Maria Herrera also managed to impress in her brief time out on track, as the young Spanish rider finished in 14th overall on the second Husqvarna Factory Laglisse bike, 1.473s behind Antonelli.

The teams and riders will return to Jerez tomorrow, with testing due to start at 10am local time.

Click here for the full Moto3™ results from day one in Jerez.

Moto3, 2015, JEREZ MOTO2™ - MOTO3™ OFFICIAL TEST, Niccolò Antonelli, Ongetta-Rivacold

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