2014 Jerez Moto3 Test Day 3 Times: Miller Leaves As Fastest, Hondas Close The Gap

Jack Miller leaves the final Moto3 test of the 2014 preseason in confident mood, having topped the timesheets both on the final day, and leaving as overall fastest. The Red Bull KTM rider did not improve on his time from yesterday, but still held an advantage of three hundredths of a second on the final day, and a tenth of a second overall.

The final day of the test saw a resurgence of the Hondas, both the Estrella Galicia team and Racing Team Germany starting to find a set up which works with the extra power of the Honda engine. The teams still lack some set up date with the new bike, but still booked outstanding progress. Alex Marquez ended the day in 2nd, just behind Miller and ahead of Miller's teammate Karel Hanika, while Efren Vazquez and RTG teammate John McPhee took 5th and 6th, making it three Hondas in the top six, and with Alex Rins taking 10th, four Hondas in the top ten. With Rins still recovering from surgery on his wrist, the Hondas should be a lot closer to the front by the time the season gets underway at Qatar.

The impression left by the final Moto3 test is one of a very close, and a very international field. Just a single second covers the first 19 riders, the gaps between them very small indeed. Those 19 riders come from 11 different nations, with all of them having a shot at a podium. The 2014 Moto3 season should be another barnstormer.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Session
1 8 Jack Miller KTM 1:46.326     Session 1
2 12 Alex Marquez Honda 1:46.359 0.033 0.033 Session 2
3 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1:46.381 0.055 0.022 Session 1
4 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1:46.388 0.062 0.007 Session 1
5 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1:46.392 0.066 0.004 Session 2
6 17 John McPhee Honda 1:46.493 0.167 0.101 Session 2
7 52 Danny Kent Husqvarna 1:46.547 0.221 0.054 Session 2
8 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:46.592 0.266 0.045 Session 2
9 44 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1:46.612 0.286 0.020 Session 2
10 42 Alex Rins Honda 1:46.694 0.368 0.082 Session 2
11 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1:46.696 0.370 0.002 Session 2
12 31 Niklas Ajo Husqvarna 1:46.768 0.442 0.072 Session 2
13 58 Juanfran Guevara Kalex-KTM 1:46.782 0.456 0.014 Session 3
14 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 1:46.840 0.514 0.058 Session 2
15 41 Brad Binder Mahindra 1:46.985 0.659 0.145 Session 2
16 21 Francesco Bagnaia KTM 1:47.041 0.715 0.056 Session 3
17 57 Eric Granado KTM 1:47.068 0.742 0.027 Session 2
18 65 Philipp Oettl Kalex-KTM 1:47.247 0.921 0.179 Session 2
19 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1:47.315 0.989 0.068 Session 2
20 61 Arthur Sissis Mahindra 1:47.419 1.093 0.104 Session 1
21 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1:47.454 1.128 0.035 Session 2
22 11 Livio Loi Kalex-KTM 1:47.559 1.233 0.105 Session 2
23 22 Ana Carrasco Kalex-KTM 1:47.587 1.261 0.028 Session 2
24 9 Scott Deroue Kalex-KTM 1:47.797 1.471 0.210 Session 2
25 33 Enea Bastianini KTM 1:48.032 1.706 0.235 Session 2
26 55 Andrea Locatelli Mahindra 1:48.186 1.860 0.154 Session 2
27 3 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1:48.265 1.939 0.079 Session 3
28 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Honda 1:48.614 2.288 0.349 Session 2
29 43 Luca Grunwald Kalex-KTM 1:48.752 2.426 0.138 Session 1
30 95 Jules Danilo Mahindra 1:49.104 2.778 0.352 Session 3
31 4 Gabriel Ramos Kalex-KTM 1:50.005 3.679 0.901 Session 1
32 51 Bryan Schouten Mahindra 1:50.105 3.779 0.100 Session 2
33 88 Hafiza Rofa KTM 1:54.510 8.184 4.405 Session 1

 

Combined times from all three days of the test:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Sn
1 8 Jack Miller KTM 1:46.259     Day 2 Sn 3
2 12 Alex Marquez Honda 1:46.359 0.100 0.100 Day 3 Sn 2
3 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1:46.381 0.122 0.022 Day 3 Sn 1
4 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1:46.388 0.129 0.007 Day 3 Sn 1
5 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1:46.392 0.133 0.004 Day 3 Sn 2
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1:46.493 0.234 0.101 Day 3 Sn 2
7 52 Danny Kent Husqvarna 1:46.547 0.288 0.054 Day 3 Sn 2
8 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1:46.551 0.292 0.004 Day 2 Sn 3
9 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:46.592 0.333 0.041 Day 3 Sn 2
10 44 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1:46.612 0.353 0.020 Day 3 Sn 2
11 42 Alex Rins Honda 1:46.694 0.435 0.082 Day 3 Sn 2
12 31 Niklas Ajo Husqvarna 1:46.768 0.509 0.074 Day 3 Sn 2
13 58 Juanfran Guevara Kalex-KTM 1:46.782 0.523 0.014 Day 3 Sn 3
14 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 1:46.840 0.581 0.058 Day 3 Sn 2
15 65 Philipp Oettl Kalex-KTM 1:46.967 0.708 0.127 Day 2 Sn 2
16 41 Brad Binder Mahindra 1:46.985 0.726 0.018 Day 3 Sn 2
17 21 Francesco Bagnaia KTM 1:47.041 0.782 0.056 Day 3 Sn 3
18 57 Eric Granado KTM 1:47.068 0.809 0.027 Day 3 Sn 2
19 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1:47.315 1.056 0.247 Day 3 Sn 2
20 61 Arthur Sissis Mahindra 1:47.419 1.160 0.104 Day 3 Sn 1
21 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1:47.454 1.195 0.035 Day 3 Sn 2
22 11 Livio Loi Kalex-KTM 1:47.559 1.300 0.105 Day 3 Sn 2
23 22 Ana Carrasco Kalex-KTM 1:47.587 1.328 0.028 Day 3 Sn 2
24 9 Scott Deroue Kalex-KTM 1:47.797 1.538 0.210 Day 3 Sn 2
25 33 Enea Bastianini KTM 1:48.032 1.773 0.235 Day 3 Sn 2
26 55 Andrea Locatelli Mahindra 1:48.186 1.927 0.154 Day 3 Sn 2
27 3 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1:48.265 2.006 0.079 Day 3 Sn 3
28 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Honda 1:48.614 2.355 0.349 Day 3 Sn 2
29 43 Luca Grunwald Kalex-KTM 1:48.752 2.493 0.138 Day 3 Sn 1
30 95 Jules Danilo Mahindra 1:49.104 2.845 0.352 Day 3 Sn 3
31 51 Bryan Schouten Mahindra 1:49.891 3.632 0.787 Day 2 Sn 3
32 4 Gabriel Ramos Kalex-KTM 1:50.005 3.746 0.114 Day 3 Sn 1
33 88 Hafiza Rofa KTM 1:53.100 6.841 3.095 Day 2 Sn 1

 

Race Details
2014
Jack Miller leaves the final Moto3 test of the 2014 preseason in confident mood, having topped the timesheets both on the final day, and leaving as overall fastest. The Red Bull KTM rider did not improve on his time from yesterday, but still held an advantage of three hundredths of a second on the final day, and a tenth of a second overall.The final day of the test saw a resurgence of the Hondas, both the Estrella Galicia team and Racing Team Germany starting to find a set up which works with the extra power of the Honda engine. The teams still lack some set up date with the new bike, but still booked outstanding progress. Alex Marquez ended the day in 2nd, just behind Miller and ahead of Miller's teammate Karel Hanika, while Efren Vazquez and RTG teammate John McPhee took 5th and 6th, making it three Hondas in the top six, and with Alex Rins taking 10th, four Hondas in the top ten. With Rins still recovering from surgery on his wrist, the Hondas should be a lot closer to the front by the time the season gets underway at Qatar.

Comments

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This year will be truly Honda vs KTM!
This is war!!!!!!

Total votes: 10

Honda a year too late for Miller

Miller finally gets on a fast bike, and Honda actually put some power into theirs.

Total votes: 1

Go Jack Miller!!

Very eager to see how good this guy is on a bike with reasonable power.

Will Honda be happy to be on par with the KTM, or will they keep throwing money at it until they subjugate the enemy?

Total votes: 1

happy happy joy joy

Aussies have had little to cheer about in MotoGP since Casey's walkout with middle finger raised. Most people here are probably only vaguely aware of Australian Damian Cudlin, a battler who has had some rides in Moto2 and MotoGP. Cudlin stepped in as a sort of chaperone/coach for Jack Miller last year at times, and through Damian's twitter account, we got to see a lot of behind the scenes with Jack Miller in moto3. A lot of it was hilarious, with both Jack (and at times, his mum!) showing plenty of the Aussie larrikin/mongrel but more importantly - his fierce desire and animal attitude to racing. Jack is a breath of fresh air for Aussie racing and I think he has the Grit to go all the way to the show - and not just circulate - but be a front runner.

We all have very high hopes for Jack, but don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. Jack Miller for World Champ Moto3, 2014, please !

Total votes: 4

2014 is shaping up nicely for Moto3

Could be lots of different winners this year, cant wait for the lights to go out :)

Absolutely delighted for John McPhee, I've watched him develop and improve since I met John and his RSF crew on the plane coming back from the Barca GP in 2011 when John was a wildcard. Great to see him coming of age as a GP rider, hoping far a great season and seeing a Scottish Rider on a Moto3 Honda on the podium!

Total votes: 2

Pooch...

... I think you underestimate MM readers. We ALL know who is Damien Cudlin.

Total votes: 2

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