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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at the end of the three-day IRTA test at Jerez:


Márquez and Morbidelli top the timesheet in Jerez

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS dominated proceedings at the three-day IRTA Jerez test, with Álex Márquez topping the combined Moto2 timesheet and Franco Morbidelli finishing just over a tenth of a second behind in second place.

Márquez's time of 1'41.989, which he posted in today's opening Moto2 session, was more than half a second under the existing Jerez pole position record, set by Sam Lowes in 2016.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto3 Results: Bulega Ends As Fastest

Nicolo Bulega leaves Jerez as the fastest man of the three-day Moto3 test. The Italian was quick on Friday, just as he had been on Thursday. Aron Canet ended the test in second, the fastest man on the first day of the test and spending the rest of the test in hot pursuit of the times set by Bulega.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto2 Times: Marquez Leaves Jerez As Fastest Moto2 Man

Alex Marquez leaves the Moto2 test at Jerez in an upbeat frame of mind, having set the fastest time on the final day of testing, and a new best time around the Jerez circuit on a Moto2 machine. The Spaniard was the only man to crack the 1'41 barrier, going over a tenth faster than his Marc VDS teammate Franco Morbidelli. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto2 Morning Times: Marquez Fastest Once Again

Alex Marquez has topped both sessions on Friday morning, the Marc VDS rider showing exceptional pace, even in hot conditions. In the morning, the Spaniard set the fastest ever lap around the track on a Moto2 bike, cracking the 1'41 barrier. Even in the heat of the afternoon, Marquez was close to the pole record set during last year's race. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto3 Morning Times: Bulega's Reign Continues

The same names keep cropping up at the top of the Moto3 timesheets at Jerez. On Friday morning, it was once again Nicolo Bulega who was fastest, the Sky VR46 rider just edging out Aron Canet to take top spot. Behind Canet, a few new names popped up, with Jakub Kornfeil taking third, ahead of Marcos Ramirez and Gabriel Rodrigo.

Two more sessions remain for the Moto3 riders.

Times from the first session for Moto3:

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Final Moto2 Times - Morbidelli Leads Marc VDS 1-2

The Marc VDS Moto2 riders dominated the second day of testing, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez taking turns at the top of the timesheets. Morbidelli ended up with top honors, setting a fast time in the cool of the morning, when the track offers the most grip. Taka Nakagami ended the day in third, four tenths behind fastest man Morbidelli, while Fabio Quartararo impressed on his switch to Moto2.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Final Moto3 Times - Bulega Ends The Day Fastest

Nicolo Bulega has ended the second day of the Jerez Moto3 test as fastest. The Sky VR46 rider was over a tenth of a second faster than Aron Canet on the Estrella Galicia Honda, though the Spaniard had been quick all day. Jorge Martin was third quickest on Thursday on the Gresini Honda, finishing a fraction ahead of Romano Fenati. The Italian has been solid on his return to racing, and sits well on the Honda. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Moto3 Times - Bulega Tops First Two Sessions

Nicolo Bulega was the fastest man in the first two sessions for the Moto3 class at Jerez, the Sky VR46 rider almost exactly matching his pole time from last year's race. The times were quicker in the morning, with Aron Canet second, Jorge Martin third and Romano Fenati fourth quickest.

Bulega was fastest in the lunchtime session as well, this time holding off Romano Fenati, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Aron Canet. That put three Moto3 manufacturers in the top three spots.

Times from the first two sessions on Thursday:

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Moto2 Times - Morbidelli Quickest In Morning Session

Franco Morbidelli was the quickest man in the morning session for the Moto2 class at Jerez. The Marc VDS rider was a fraction quicker than Miguel Oliveira's best time from Wednesday, and half a second quicker than his teammate Alex Marquez. Fabio Quartararo was up to speed with the third quickest time, just behind Marquez, and just nine thousandths quicker than Luca Marini. Danny Kent was the first Suter in seventh spot, just under seven tenths off the time of Morbidelli

Times in the first session of Thursday:

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Wednesday Moto3 Times: Canet Faster Than Fenati

Aron Canet ended the first day of the Moto3 IRTA test at Jerez at the top of the timesheets, leading a trio of Hondas. Canet set his quickest time in the final session of the day, but was never out of the top three. 

Romano Fenati ended the day in second, the Italian making a strong return to racing after being sacked halfway through last year. Jorge Martin set the third fastest time, the last rider to crack into the 1'46s. Bo Bendsneyder was the first KTM rider, the Dutchman just shy of Martin's time, and ending ahead of Juanfran Guevara and Enea Bastianini.

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