2018 Valencia February Moto3 Test Wednesday Times: Rodrigo Fractionall

Gabriel Rodrigo was the fastest of the Moto3 riders at a dry but chilly Valencia circuit. The Argentinian rider just pipped Jorge Martin for the top spot, while Marco Bezzecchi set an impressive third-fastest time. 

A dry track, in contrast to yesterday, the first day of the three day test, meant a lot more track action for the Moto3 riders assembled at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. But the cold weather saw a spate of falls: six riders took a tumble, including Tatsuki Suzuki twice, though all walked away unhurt.

The test ends on Thursday, with another dry but cold day expected.

Times after the second day of the Valencia test:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1:40.324    
2 88 Jorge Martin Honda 1:40.333 0.009 0.009
3 12 Marco Bezzecchi KTM 1:40.432 0.108 0.099
4 23 Niccolo Antonelli Honda 1:40.492 0.168 0.060
5 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1:40.557 0.233 0.065
6 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1:40.716 0.392 0.159
7 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1:40.936 0.612 0.220
8 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1:41.001 0.677 0.065
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1:41.266 0.942 0.265
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1:41.336 1.012 0.070
11 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 1:41.350 1.026 0.014
12 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda 1:41.589 1.265 0.239
13 44 Aron Canet Honda 1:41.593 1.269 0.004
14 11 Livio Loi KTM 1:41.597 1.273 0.004
15 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1:41.672 1.348 0.075
16 22 Kazuki Masaki KTM 1:41.785 1.461 0.113
17 17 John McPhee KTM 1:41.879 1.555 0.094
18 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1:41.997 1.673 0.118
19 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1:42.094 1.770 0.097
20 72 Alonso Lopez Honda 1:42.263 1.939 0.169
21 27 Kaito Toba Honda 1:42.677 2.353 0.414
22 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Honda 1:42.873 2.549 0.196
23 76 Makar Yurchenko KTM 1:44.436 4.112 1.563
24 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1:45.069 4.745 0.633

 

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I see a few names that could have a make or break year, Bastianini and McPhee being one of them.

At least this first testing day makes it look like KTM has caught right back up. Maybe it's my Europeanness talking, maybe it's the fact that a smaller (but not really small) factory is going up against the might of Honda, but whatever it is I will always root for KTM in such a fight.

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