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It was a day of two halves for Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) as the Spaniard set the fastest lap on the last day of the Official Moto3™ Test at Jerez, but he also broke some toes and is faced with that extra challenge ahead of the season opener and next test. The incident wasn’t enough to give the field a chance to catch his laptime though, and the 1:45.241 put in by the number 5 remained an impressive seven tenths ahead of his closest competitor, the returning Romano Fenati (Snipers Team). Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) completed the top three, making it KTM-Honda-Honda on Friday.
Fourth fastest was a familiar name from the higher echelons of the timesheets on Day 1 and Day 2: Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team). The Italian was just over a tenth off compatriot Dalla Porta and only 0.033 ahead of fellow Italian Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai), with Day 2’s quickest man, Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), completing the fastest six by an even smaller 0.004.
The experience in the top ten continued to shine as Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team) and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) took P7 and P8, with the top ten completed by Japanese duo Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse).
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Then came the first rookie: Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0). The impressive Spaniard, who is only 15 and will be forced to miss the season opener due to being too young, was 11th overall to end the day outside the top ten for the first time this test – having even ended Day 2 in second. Veteran Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) split the rookie from the next fastest full-time debutant, reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Champion Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto Team), although the Spaniard isn’t able to compete for Rookie of the Year by virtue of eight previous appearances. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) was P14, ahead of rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia).
It’s shaping up to be another classic and close season of racing in Moto3™, and now the grid head for Qatar for the final preseason test on the 1st to 3rd March.
The top ten:
1. Jaume Masia - (Bester Capital Dubai) – 1:45.241
2. Romano Fenati - (Snipers Team) - +0.680
3. Lorenzo Dalla Porta - (Leopard Racing) - +0.695
4. Tony Arbolino - (Snipers Team) - +0.810
5. Andrea Migno - (Bester Capital Dubai) - +0.843
6. Aron Canet - (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) - +0.847
7. Albert Arenas - (Ángel Nieto Team) - +0.889
8. Marcos Ramírez - (Leopard Racing) - +0.903
9. Ayumu Sasaki - (Petronas Sprinta Racing) - +0.971
10. Tatsuki Suzuki - (SIC58 Squadra Corse) - +0.974
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