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Jerez test boosts Moto3™ teams confidence ahead of Le Mans

Jerez test boosts Moto3™ teams confidence ahead of Le Mans

The Moto3™ riders and teams head to France after a successful day of testing at Jerez in the wake of a thrilling race.

Jerez saw Danny Kent make it three wins in a row after a hectic last corner move from Fabio Quartararo cost the French rider a podium finish. Kent has so far dominated this season, finishing on the podium at all rounds and has a 31-point lead in the championship standings over teammate Vazquez.

There is just one KTM rider, Brad Binder, in the top five of the Championship after Jerez, the Austrian manufacturer having a difficult start to the season after limited winter testing. The post Jerez test gave KTM an opportunity to test a new frame, however neither Brad Binder nor Miguel Oliveira saw any major improvements over their current one. With just one upgrade allowed during the season, it is critical that it be a substantial one.

Both Binder and Oliveira finished on the podium in Jerez, showing that the current 2015 KTM is competitive with more time and data collected. The duo will look to continue to improve on their results as each seeks their first Moto3™ win. Meanwhile their teammate, Karel Hanika, will start Le Mans from the pit lane as result of his five-point penalty for the incident involving Juanfran Guevara. The Spanish rider suffered a broken collarbone in the clash, and is fighting to be fit for the French GP.

The post race test also saw Dunlop debut new tyres that will be used at Le Mans. Many riders praised the new rubber, especially the boost to rear grip they provided. This test has come at a crucial time for many riders and teams whom after four rounds have a variety of areas to explore and improve.

Isaac Viñales claimed his debut podium in the Moto3™ class at Le Mans last year and has since finished on the podium a total of four times. Viñales is the only rider currently in the Moto3™ class to have a podium finish at the French track.

It will be an important home round for Qatar race winner Alex Masbou, the Frenchman having scored just a single point since his victory. Louis Rossi took a popular home win in the 2012 Moto3™ race at Le Mans.

Fabio Quartararo also makes his Moto3™ World Championship debut at home in France, but has already tasted victory at the French circuit. The CEV Repsol series ran a Moto3 round alongside MotoGP™ last year, where Fabio claimed victory and showed he can handle the extra pressure of a home crowd.

The Moto3™ on-track action kicks off on Friday at 9:00 local time with Free Practice 1.


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