2014 Moto3 Jerez Test Day 1, Final: Miller Holds Off Viñales And Kent

After the World Superbike series wrapped up their testing in Australia, on the other side of the world the Moto2 and Moto3 riders took to the track at Jerez for the second of their three preseason tests. It took a while, though, as the day started of with a track still wet from overnight rain. Track conditions had improved markedly by lunchtime, and a very full grid were soon posting very fast times indeed.

Australian Jack Miller was the fastest of the bunch, getting within a few thousandths of Luis Salom's race record set last year, and ending comfortably ahead of Isaac Viñales, the man who took his cousin Maverick's slot at Team Calvo. Danny Kent put the Husqvarna into 3rd spot, the young Briton half a second off the pace of Miller. Niccolo Antonelli, who had dominated at last week's test in Valencia, set the 4th fastest time, fractionally behind Kent but a quarter of a second ahead of fellow Italian Romano Fenati.

Efren Vazquez was the fastest Honda rider, with Racing Team Germany starting to take on some of the development of the new Honda NSF250RW now that Alex Rins has been forced to miss the test for surgery on his wrist. His replacement, the young French talent Fabio Quartararo made exactly the kind of impression many had hoped, blitzing to 11th, just behind the more experienced Alex Marquez.

Testing continues on Wednesday, and with the weather expected to hold, times should be even faster.

Times:

Moto3              
Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Session
1 8 Jack Miller KTM 1:46.975     Session 3
2 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1:47.277 0.302 0.302 Session 3
3 52 Danny Kent Husqvarna 1:47.471 0.496 0.194 Session 3
4 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 1:47.480 0.505 0.009 Session 3
5 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:47.735 0.760 0.255 Session 2
6 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1:47.845 0.870 0.110 Session 3
7 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1:47.910 0.935 0.065 Session 3
8 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1:47.960 0.985 0.050 Session 3
9 65 Philipp Oettl Kalex-KTM 1:48.113 1.138 0.153 Session 3
10 12 Alex Marquez HONDA 1:48.186 1.211 0.073 Session 3
11 20 Fabio Quartararo HONDA 1:48.232 1.257 0.046 Session 3
12 11 Livio Loi Kalex-KTM 1:48.370 1.395 0.138 Session 3
13 17 John Mcphee Honda 1:48.547 1.572 0.177 Session 3
14 44 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1:48.660 1.685 0.113 Session 3
15 31 Niklas Ajo Husqvarna 1:48.674 1.699 0.014 Session 3
16 21 Francesco Bagnaia KTM 1:48.859 1.884 0.185 Session 2
17 41 Brad Binder Mahindra 1:48.927 1.952 0.068 Session 3
18 57 Eric Granado KTM 1:49.183 2.208 0.256 Session 3
19 61 Arthur Sissis Mahindra 1:49.299 2.324 0.116 Session 3
20 9 Scott Deroue Kalex-KTM 1:49.591 2.616 0.292 Session 3
21 22 Ana Carrasco Kalex-KTM 1:49.598 2.623 0.007 Session 3
22 95 Jules Danilo Mahindra 1:49.625 2.650 0.027 Session 3
23 51 Bryan Schouten Mahindra 1:49.654 2.679 0.029 Session 3
24 58 Juanfran Guevara Kalex-KTM 1:49.797 2.822 0.143 Session 2
25 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Honda 1:49.891 2.916 0.094 Session 3
26 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1:50.010 3.035 0.119 Session 3
27 43 Luca Grunwald Kalex-KTM 1:50.104 3.129 0.094 Session 3
28 38 Hafiq Azmi KTM 1:50.245 3.270 0.141 Session 3
29 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1:50.326 3.351 0.081 Session 3
30 4 Gabriel Ramos Kalex-KTM 1:50.372 3.397 0.046 Session 3
31 3 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1:50.405 3.430 0.033 Session 3
32 33 Enea Bastianini KTM 1:51.109 4.134 0.704 Session 2
33 55 Andrea Locatelli Mahindra 1:51.314 4.339 0.205 Session 3

 

Race Details
2014
After the World Superbike series wrapped up their testing in Australia, on the other side of the world the Moto2 and Moto3 riders took to the track at Jerez for the second of their three preseason tests. It took a while, though, as the day started of with a track still wet from overnight rain. Track conditions had improved markedly by lunchtime, and a very full grid were soon posting very fast times indeed.Australian Jack Miller was the fastest of the bunch, getting within a few thousandths of Luis Salom's race record set last year, and ending comfortably ahead of Isaac Viñales, the man who took his cousin Maverick's slot at Team Calvo. Danny Kent put the Husqvarna into 3rd spot, the young Briton half a second off the pace of Miller. Niccolo Antonelli, who had dominated at last week's test in Valencia, set the 4th fastest time, fractionally behind Kent but a quarter of a second ahead of fellow Italian Romano Fenati.Efren Vazquez was the fastest Honda rider, with Racing Team Germany starting to take on some of the development of the new Honda NSF250RW now that Alex Rins has been forced to miss the test for surgery on his wrist. His replacement, the young French talent Fabio Quartararo made exactly the kind of impression many had hoped, blitzing to 11th, just behind the more experienced Alex Marquez.

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It should be very fun to watch Jack Miller now that he is on equal machinery to the top contenters. Bad for Honda's development, but good for the spectacle.

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