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Binder vs Lowes on Day 3 in Jerez

South African and the Brit split by just 0.007 on the third and final day the Official Test in Jerez

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) went fastest on the final day of the Official Moto2™ Test at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, but it wasn’t by much as Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) kept the South African honest and the two ended the day just 0.007 apart. Binder and Lowes were also the fastest two over all three days and the only two to drop below the 1:41 mark, although the timesheets remained close behind them with the top twenty within less than a second.

With better conditions than the wind affecting Day 2, home rider Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) was third and just over a tenth and a half off as he showed more top pace, pipping 2018 polesitter Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP40). Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) – fastest on Day 1 – completed the top five, ahead of Day 2’s quickest man Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

The man in seventh made some headlines of his own just behind the veteran Spaniard, with Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) the fastest rookie by a tenth at the end of Day 3. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was the debutant just that tiny fraction behind him, although the reigning Moto3™ Champion was ninth overall and the two rookies were split by Australian Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team). Marcel Schötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten.

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Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) ended the day’s action in P14 as fastest Speed Up, just ahead of Bo Bendsneyder (NTS RW Racing GP), the fastest NTS. The quickest man on the new MV Agusta was Dominique Aergerter (MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward) once again, and the Swiss rider was in P20 but only nine tenths off.

That’s it from Jerez and now it’s next stop Qatar for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ grids as they head back out in a week to test at Losail International Circuit.

The top ten:
1. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – 1:40.982
2. Sam Lowes - (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) - +0.007
3. Iker Lecuona - (American Racing KTM) +0.129
4. Lorenzo Baldassarri - (FlexBox HP40) - +0.167
5. Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) - +0.173
6. Álex Márquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) - +0.274
7. Nicolò Bulega - (Sky Racing Team VR46) +0.299
8. Remy Gardner - (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) +0.396
9. Jorge Martín(Red Bull KTM Ajo) - +0.403
10. Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) +0.413

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