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Private Testing Completed For Honda, Aprilia, Ducati At Jerez

The importance of a private test can sometimes be measured by the lack of news emerging from the track. For the past three days, the Jerez circuit has resounded to the bellow of MotoGP and WorldSBK machines, as Honda, Ducati, Aprilia, and KTM have shared the track.

Yet other than a couple of social media posts on Twitter and Instagram, there was next to no news from the test. The only official source was a brief news item on the official website of the Jerez circuit.

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Three Days Of Private Testing Commences At Jerez: Repsol Honda Spend First Test Day

For the next three days, the Jerez circuit will resound to the noise of MotoGP machinery, as private testing gets underway. The Repsol Honda team will be the first to take to the track on Monday, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa riding behind closed doors. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Stefan Bradl takes over the Honda testing duties, while Aprilia, Pramac Ducati, and the Ducati WorldSBK team takes to the track. 

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Q&A: Pecco Bagnaia On The Jerez Moto2 Test, The 2018 Kalex, And Pressure For The Coming Season

Pecco Bagnaia goes into the 2018 season as one of the major favorites for the Moto2 championship. The Italian is rated very highly among team managers and factory bosses. So highly rated, in fact, that Ducati have already signed Bagnaia to a two-year deal to race in the Pramac Ducati squad for 2019 and 2020.

He proved his pace at the final Moto2 test ahead of the 2018 season at Jerez. Bagnaia was fastest on the first day, and tied for third quickest on the second and best day of the test. When asking around among his Moto2 rivals, the Sky VR46 Racing Team rider's name is the first to be mentioned as a candidate for the title.

On Wednesday evening, Bagnaia spoke to a small group of journalists about how testing had gone so far, about the changes to the 2018 Kalex chassis, and about the pressure he feels ahead of the 2018 Moto2 season. But first, Bagnaia wanted to address some of the rumors floating around about his leg, injured in a crash at the Valencia Moto2 test.

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2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Thursday Times: Quartararo Fastest On Wet Day, Lowes Quickest Overall

Though the Moto2 riders had the best of the weather on the final day of testing at Jerez, it was still poor enough to slow them down considerably. Only towards the end of the second session was it dry enough for a handful of riders to crack the 1'50 barrier, leaving Fabio Quartararo with the best time on the day.

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2018 Jerez Moto3 Test Thursday Times: Atiratphuvapat Tops Damp Final Day

The final day of testing at Jerez was a bit of a washout. Overnight rain left the track damp, and showers on and off all day kept wetting the track every time a dry line started to appear. The poor weather persuaded a third of the grid to pack up early, and the rendered the results meaningless for the remaining two thirds.

Thai rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat ended the day as fastest, the Honda Team Asia rider nearly four tenths faster than Marcos Ramirez on the Bester Capital Dubai KTM. Sky VR46 Racing Team rider Dennis Foggia finished Thursday in third place. 

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2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Wednesday Times: Lowes On Top As KTM Take Top Three

Sam Lowes has topped the second day of the Moto2 test at Jerez, the Swiss Innovative Investors KTM rider borne by newly refound confidence to get under the pole record at the Andalusian track.

Lowes' teammate Iker Lecuona ended the day in second, the young Spaniard showing a good turn of pace once again, and finishing ahead of the factory-backed Red Bull KTM of Brad Binder in third. 

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2018 Jerez Moto3 Test Wednesday Times: Martin Leads Bastianini

Jorge Martin has topped the second day of the Jerez Moto3 test, the Gresini Honda rider making the best of what was nearly a full dry day of testing. Martin ended up a tenth of a second faster than Enea Bastianini, the Italian proving once again how well he is settling in to the Leopard Honda setup. 

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2018 Jerez Moto3 Test Tuesday Times: Canet Leads Bastianini In Restricted Action

The Moto3 class had the worst of the weather on the first day of the final three-day test at Jerez ahead of the 2018 season. The Moto3 bikes only got a single session that was really any use, the day's two other sessions being marred by rain. Aron Canet came out on top of the timesheets, the Estrella Galicia rider leading by over a third of a second.

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2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Tuesday Times: Bagnaia Leads On Day Of Mixed Conditions

The final test for the Moto2 and Moto3 class is underway at Jerez, and for the Moto2 bikes, that means they are finally testing with the official Moto2 Honda engines. The weather has been a touch recalcitrant on Tuesday, the track sometimes dry, but light showers blowing in and out to render the track rather tricky. 

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