Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) pipped John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) to P1 at the Official Moto2™/Moto3™ Jerez Test as the lightweight class lapped the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto quicker than ever. Ogura’s 1:44.670 on the final day was 0.050 better than McPhee’s effort, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) completing a top three all in the 1:44s.
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The final day in southern Spain saw the Moto3™ riders go into time attack mode as the riders aimed to see what their one-lap qualifying pace was like. The top three all set their 1:44s in the opening session of Friday, along with 14 other riders as Honda riders locked out the top five, Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) sitting 0.5 off Ogura’s time. And talking of the Japanese factory, their new Moto3™ machine made more of an appearance on Friday, with the biggest difference being the gearbox.
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On the other side of the coin, the 2020 KTM bike - according to some teams - is much nimbler than the previous version and the leading Austrian factory rider was sixth place Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) a tenth behind in P7. Honda Team Asia’s Yuki Kunii joined his teammate inside the top 10 by finishing P8, a great job by the rookie who has Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) behind him in P9 and P10 respectively.
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The Moto3™ riders and teams will be putting in more hard graft over in Qatar on the 28th February - 2nd March, before the season proper gets underway on the 6th-8th March at the Losail International Circuit.
Top 10 combined days:
1. Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) – 1:44.670
2. John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.050
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) + 0.314
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 0.506
5. Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) + 0.535
6. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.602
7. Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) + 0.718
8. Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) + 0.739
9. Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.788
10. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) + 0.847
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