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14 days ago
By motogp.com

Garcia edges out McPhee on Wednesday at the Jerez Test

The Spaniard leads the Scotsman by 0.060 as the lightweight class rev up 2020 preparations

In the Moto3™ class at the Jerez Test it was Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who picked up where he left off in 2019. The Valencia GP winner topped the timesheets on Wednesday with a 1:45.485, although it wasn’t by much – with Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee just 0.060 in arrears. Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) impressed to complete the top three, another tenth and a half back.

2019 Jerez winner Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was fourth fastest overall, although he was just 0.011 ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), the man who broke the lap record in private testing last week. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) took P6, ahead of Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) in seventh as the Spaniard seems to have quickly settled into life on the Honda.

The top KTM rider on Day 1 was Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) just behind Masia, with Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) in P9 after a noteworthy day for the Czech rider on the timesheets.

Noteworthy was also apt for the man in tenth: Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team). The veteran Italian was fastest Husqvarna on Wednesday as the marque return to Moto3™ competition, making it all three manufacturers in the top ten as 2020 begins.

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Top 10:
1. Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) – 1:45.485
2. John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.060
3. Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) + 0.231
4. Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 0.287
5. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) + 0.298
6. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 0.406
7. Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) + 0.641
8. Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) + 0.677
9. Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.758
10. Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) + 0.771

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