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Spanish rider Jorge Navarro took advantage of the only dry session of the day on Wednesday to set the fastest time of the Jerez test so far.
Once again the weather had a major part to play in todays proceedings, with the track only dry enough for riders to use their slick tyres during the second session. Most teams were active throughout the whole day though, taking the chance to gain invaluable experience of riding in wet conditions.
John McPhee had led the way during the damp first session, and it was Czech rider Karel Hanika who showed off his wet riding skills to set the fastest time during the final session, although all of the meaningful times were set during the second session when track conditions were at their best.
It was Spanish rider Jorge Navarro, on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda, who managed to set the quickest lap of the test so far to finish on top of the combined timesheets with a 1’48.189 set during the dry second session when riders could use slick tyres. His time was still 2.609s off the quickest lap of Fabio Quartararo during the first test at Jerez in February, which was set on a completely dry track in ideal conditions.
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent ended the day in 2nd place after only heading out on track when he could use his slick tyres during the dry second session. The British rider was 0.741s behind Navarro, which was impressive considering he only completed 5 laps throughout the entire day.
In 3rd place was the man who has dominated the previous preseason tests, Fabio Quartararo on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda, completing a 1-2-3 for the Japanese manufacturer at the top of the timesheets. His best time of 1’49.033, a further 0.103s back from Kent.
2014 Red Bull Rookies Cup winner, Jorge Martin, was the fastest non-Honda rider on his Mapfre Mahindra Team machine in 4th, with Italian Enea Bastianini on the Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda snatching 5th place, just two-hundredths of a second quicker than Spaniard Isaac Viñales in 6th.
Next up was Livio Loi (+1.212s) on the RW Racing GP machine in 7th, with the Ongetta-Rivacold Honda of Niccolo Antonelli, the fastest man on day one, being relegated down to 8th in the standings on day two.
Romano Fenati was the leading KTM rider, finishing in 9th place despite a crash in the final session, with Scottish rider John McPhee completing the top ten.
The teams and riders return to the Circuito de Jerez tomorrow for the final day of preseason testing, before the season kicks off in Qatar on 29 March.
Click here for the combined standing from the first two days of testing so far.
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