Niccolo Antonelli leaves the final preseason test for the Moto3 class as the fastest rider, smashing the existing pole record at Qatar by nearly four tenths of a second. Livio Loi, who just crept under the lap record on Saturday, improved his time again on Sunday, but ended up over two tenths behind Antonelli, after a very strong showing during testing.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the second night of testing at Qatar:
Loi sets circuit record on day 2 of Qatar test
The second day of testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Qatar saw winglets infect the junior classes like a rash of smallpox. In the Moto3 class, the Mahindras and Peugeots (which are basically rebadged Mahindras) grew small side winglets, of the type first tested at Jerez two weeks ago. In Moto2, Dominique Aegerter's CarXpert Kalex sprouted a couple of massive drop winglets coming off the back of the tail unit.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of the final preseason test at Qatar:
Red Bull KTM Ajo kick off final preseason test in Qatar
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder successfully complete first of three nights of testing in Qatar, setting the eighth and tenth fastest times, respectively.
03/11/2016 - Losail International Circuit
The final test of 2016 for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes has begun, the Grand Prix support classes circulating in separate sessions at Qatar in preparation for the season opener next weekend. The division into separate sessions did mean that both classes lost their first session to Qatar's peculiar conditions, running during daylight before getting a chance to roll in the evening under the floodlights. They put the time to good use, however, cleaning the sand and dust off the track which had gathered there since the MotoGP riders had left a week earlier.
MotoGP's Technical Director has rejected KTM's claim that Honda exceeded the official Moto3 rev limit during the 2015 season. In an official statement issued today, Danny Aldridge said that he and his technical team had examined the official rev limiter used in Moto3 and verified that it was operating correctly, and that although there had been overshoots of the rev limit, these were very small and very brief.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing team today unveiled their motorcycle racing project, which covers the path from the Spanish Pre-Moto3 series all the way to MotoGP. The program, run in association with Monlau, aims to nurture talented young riders in the Spanish RFME Pre-Moto3 series, bring them through the FIM CEV Junior Moto3 world championship, then into the Grand Prix paddock, starting in Moto3 and culiminating in MotoGP. The organization released the following press release on the launch:
Estrella Galicia 0,0 sporting project unveiled in Madrid
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the test at Jerez:
Zarco completes Official Test at Jerez
Ajo Motorsport rider ends three-day test at the Spanish track satisfied with pace and eager to improve one-off lap times.
03/04/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
Nicolo Bulega has ended the final day of Moto3 testing at Jerez on top of the timesheets. The FIM CEV Moto3 Junior world champion was impressive throughout the test, finishing eight hundredths ahead of Brad Binder on the factory Red Bull KTM. Fellow rookie Joan Mir took third spot, the Leopard Racing rider under two tenths off the time of Bulega. Niccolo Antonelli was fourth fastest on the final day, ending ahead of Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati. The top six were all within three tenths of each other on Friday.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the second day of testing at Jerez:
A GREAT STEP FORWARD FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT JEREZ
After the excellent results of yesterday, the three riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 continued THE development of their KTM at the Andalusian circuit. Great job for Fenati - the fastest at the end of the day.