2014 Moto3 Jerez Test Day 2, Final: Team Ajo Strength Sees Miller Lead And Hanika Rise

Aki Ajo's teams have a firm grip on the Moto3 class on the second day of testing at Jerez. Jack Miller ended the day on top of the timesheets, well inside the pole record set by Alex Rins in May last year. Miller's teammate Karel Hanika grabbed second spot, the Red Bull Rookie Cup champion of 2013 making an outstanding debut in the class. Rounding out the top three was Danny Kent on the factory Husqvarna, an operation which is also run by Aki Ajo.

Though Miller's time was out of reach of the rest, over a third of a second quicker than the chasing mob, the group that followed was close. Karel Hanika was strong all session, Danny Kent putting on a late charge to challenge Hanika at the end of the session, ending the day just a thousandth behind the Czech rider. Italian Romano Fenati of the Team Sky VR46 squad was another four thousandths behind Kent, and his teammate Pecco Bagnaia was another two hundredths behind Fenati.

Alex Marquez was the first Honda rider, the NSF250RW showing distinct signs of improvement. Marquez ended the day just six tenths behind Miller, with Efren Vazquez and the French prodigy Fabio Quartararo a couple of hundredths behind.

Testing concludes on Thursday.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. In Session
1 8 Jack Miller KTM 1:46.278     Session 1
2 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1:46.645 0.367 0.367 Session 3
3 52 Danny Kent Husqvarna 1:46.646 0.368 0.001 Session 3
4 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:46.650 0.372 0.004 Session 3
5 21 Francesco Bagnaia KTM 1:46.674 0.396 0.024 Session 1
6 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 1:46.806 0.528 0.132 Session 3
7 12 Alex Marquez Honda 1:46.882 0.604 0.076 Session 3
8 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1:46.899 0.621 0.017 Session 3
9 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1:46.899 0.621 0.000 Session 2
10 31 Niklas Ajo Husqvarna 1:46.943 0.665 0.044 Session 1
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1:46.965 0.687 0.022 Session 1
12 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1:46.967 0.689 0.002 Session 2
13 58 Juanfran Guevara Kalex-KTM 1:47.049 0.771 0.082 Session 3
14 44 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1:47.169 0.891 0.120 Session 1
15 65 Philipp Oettl Kalex-KTM 1:47.174 0.896 0.005 Session 3
16 11 Livio Loi Kalex-KTM 1:47.760 1.482 0.586 Session 2
17 17 John Mcphee Honda 1:47.801 1.523 0.041 Session 2
18 57 Eric Granado KTM 1:47.802 1.524 0.001 Session 3
19 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1:47.913 1.635 0.111 Session 3
20 41 Brad Binder Mahindra 1:47.970 1.692 0.057 Session 3
21 61 Arthur Sissis Mahindra 1:47.977 1.699 0.007 Session 3
22 22 Ana Carrasco Kalex-KTM 1:48.155 1.877 0.178 Session 2
23 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Honda 1:48.430 2.152 0.275 Session 3
24 38 Hafiq Azmi KTM 1:48.551 2.273 0.121 Session 2
25 9 Scott Deroue Kalex-KTM 1:48.725 2.447 0.174 Session 2
26 3 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1:48.831 2.553 0.106 Session 2
27 51 Bryan Schouten Mahindra 1:48.983 2.705 0.152 Session 3
28 43 Luca Grunwald Kalex-KTM 1:49.002 2.724 0.019 Session 3
29 33 Enea Bastianini KTM 1:49.054 2.776 0.052 Session 2
30 4 Gabriel Ramos Kalex-KTM 1:49.234 2.956 0.180 Session 1
31 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1:49.314 3.036 0.080 Session 2
32 95 Jules Danilo Mahindra 1:49.686 3.408 0.372 Session 2
33 55 Andrea Locatelli Mahindra 1:50.536 4.258 0.850 Session 1

 

Race Details
2014
Aki Ajo's teams have a firm grip on the Moto3 class on the second day of testing at Jerez. Jack Miller ended the day on top of the timesheets, well inside the pole record set by Alex Rins in May last year. Miller's teammate Karel Hanika grabbed second spot, the Red Bull Rookie Cup champion of 2013 making an outstanding debut in the class. Rounding out the top three was Danny Kent on the factory Husqvarna, an operation which is also run by Aki Ajo.Though Miller's time was out of reach of the rest, over a third of a second quicker than the chasing mob, the group that followed was close. Karel Hanika was strong all session, Danny Kent putting on a late charge to challenge Hanika at the end of the session, ending the day just a thousandth behind the Czech rider. Italian Romano Fenati of the Team Sky VR46 squad was another four thousandths behind Kent, and his teammate Pecco Bagnaia was another two hundredths behind Fenati.Alex Marquez was the first Honda rider, the NSF250RW showing distinct signs of improvement. Marquez ended the day just six tenths behind Miller, with Efren Vazquez and the French prodigy Fabio Quartararo a couple of hundredths behind.Testing concludes on Thursday.Times:

Comments

ktm vs honda

It's getting a difficult season for honda ! Six honda's against 18 ktm powered bikes and a bunch mahindra's .it looks the new Honda didn't improve much.
Looks like aprilia against honda many jears ago.

Total votes: 12

just testing

They are still testing. Never underestimate Honda.

Total votes: 12

Quartararo

Does anyone know whether Quartararo is racing in Moto3 next year with the new Honda, or is he just replacing Rins for this test?

Total votes: 13

Filling in for Rins

Quartararo is just filling in for Rins at this test. He's too young for Moto3 this year (14, minimum age is 16). But he's on a fast track to MotoGP for sure.

Total votes: 10

Thanks

I thought that might be the case. Didn't realise he was only 14, don't tend to think of there being an age younger than that of the people racing in Moto3. Feel sorry for anyone in Moto3 having to compete against him in a couple of years.

Total votes: 10

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