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The lightweight class continued testing at the Jerez circuit with Romano Fenati ending the second day fastest, the top five within 0.2s.
Misty conditions in the morning saw riders in the Moto3™ World Championship tentative to go out during their first session. A still greasy track saw very few riders improve their times, instead electing to use the first session as a chance to double check everything was working with their machines. There was an unfortunate fall for John McPhee on the Peugeot MC Saxoprint bike, forcing the Scottish rider to miss the second session. The following sessions saw the sun shine once again, allowing riders to work through their programmes.
Several riders improved their Wednesday times during the second and third sessions on Thursday with Romano Fenati setting the fastest lap of the second day, and the test overall. The SKY Racing Team VR46 rider’s best time was a 1’46.445, just over 0.1s faster than teammate Nicolo Bulega’s best time of yesterday.
Talented Spaniard Jorge Navarro set a 1’46.505 in the third session to end the day second overall. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider secured four podiums towards the end of 2015 and will no doubt be in contention for race wins, and potentially the championship in 2016. Day two saw Navarro make very few changes to his Honda, already pleased with the base setting.
Niccolo Antonelli again showed well on his Ongetta-Rivacold machine, ending the second day of testing with the third fastest time and a mere 0.105s shy of fellow Italian Fenati’s best time. Antonelli,Fenati and Bulega are all products of the VR46 Riders Academy, run by Valentino Rossi.
Impressing yet again, Nicolo Bulega set a 1’46.600 to end the second day of testing in fourth, just 0.009s back on his best time from the first day. Thursday saw the Moto3™ Junior World Champion focus more on his race pace, completing 18 laps in the second and third sessions. Either of his best times from the opening two days see him slot into fourth on the combined times.
Ending the day in fifth was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder, the South African leading the second session with a 1’46.626 aboard the new KTM. This was an improvement of over half a second from his best time of the first day. Binder completed the top five on combined times from the opening two days.
Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), Livio Loi (RW Racing GP), Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3), Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) completed a competitive top ten.
With all their riders inside the top ten, SKY Racing Team VR46 have gotten off to the best start of any team so far, but one final day of testing remains in Jerez.
There were further falls for Andrea Locatelli and Fabio Quartararo, both Leopard Racing riders sustaining no serious injuries and able to continue testing on Friday.
Full times can be viewed here.
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