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Bendsneyder tops Day 2 in Valencia

Dutch ex-rookie quickest as private testing concludes at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo

Tags Moto3, 2017

Day 2 of private testing for Moto2™ and Moto3™ in Valencia saw better weather allow full use of the track time for everyone present, after a first day of high winds that severely limited work for the lightweight class. With a lot more laps and a lot more information for the Moto3™ field, it was Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Bo Bendsneyder who topped the timesheets with a best of 1:39.756. Niccolo Antonelli, on the other side of the garage, did ten laps less than his Dutch teammate to end the day with a best of 1:40.280.

EG0,0 pairing Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet both did over 60 laps, with ex-rookie Canet just besting his new Italian teammate as the ‘Beast’ focused on rhythm more than one-lap pace. The Spaniard’s best was a 1:39.807 to go second quickest, with the Italian setting a 1:40.826.

Romano Fenati had minimal tracktime on Day 1 as the Italian settles back into life in Moto3™, but the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers rider got back in business on Day 2 as he starts gearing up for a title charge, putting in more than half a century of laps with a best of 1:40.106 late in the day to go third. Teammate Jules Danilo put in significantly more laps as he continues his Moto3™ learning curve.

Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3™ duo Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were also out on track after limited running on Day 1, with Martin fourth fastest overall after over 60 laps. ‘Diggia’ ended the day sixth fastest after more than 40 laps, but did suffer a crash. The Italian and 2016 Rookie of the Year contender broke his collarbone in the incident and now faces a period of recovery.

The new British Talent Team setup with John McPhee broke cover once again, with the Scot stating his pre-season so far is the best ever – despite only recently returning to training following a long period of recovery from his crash at Phillip Island last year. The Brit suffered one small crash with no consequence and put in a good day of track time as he readies himself for 2017 and gets back in the Moto3™ groove, with competitive laptimes.

Honda Team Asia’s Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Kaito Toba were also out on track as they prepare for their move up to the Moto3™ World Championship. SIC58 Squadra Corse – a team debutante in Moto3™ - also had riders Tony Arbolino and Tatsuki Suzuki out on track for their first session of the year, with laptimes close for both riders as they slotted impressively into P5 and P6.

RBA Racing Team were also present with Juanfran Guevara and Gabriel Rodrigo, but didn’t set laps on the official timesheets on either of the private test days at the track.