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By motogp.com

Ogura and Salač end Sunday in a dead heat

The Moto3™ test in Qatar ends with the Japanese rider and Czech rider setting exactly the same fastest lap

The final preseason test for Moto3™ is now complete, and it’s interesting reading at the top: Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia), who was fastest in Jerez, ends the test with an identical laptime to Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) as the timesheets tightened up. Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) was third quickest, only 0.024 back, with Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) completing a top four split by only 0.036.

It was almost a mock qualifying session to end the test, with many of the riders’ fastest laptimes set late on – but wind catching a few out, including Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46). But there was no big drama, and the stage is now set for the season opener.

Behind the incredibly tight top four, John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) took P5 as the veteran Scot once again showed good pace, with Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) next up – and Arenas once again fastest KTM, with the same man on his tail. Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) was eighth quickest, ahead of compatriot Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46).

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Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) once again completed the top ten and was the fastest rookie.

That’s it from Qatar in terms of testing, click HERE for full results, check out all our features on motogp.com and stay tuned for the first race weekend of the year!

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