Jorge Martin has topped the timesheets on the first day of the Moto3 test at Jerez. The Gresini Honda rider got off to a strong start topping both dry sessions in the morning and in the afternoon, the lunchtime session having been hit by rain and a wet track.
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Mattia Pasini has finished the final day of the Moto2 test at Valencia on top of the pack, the Italian heading the second session of the day to take top spot. Pasini ended just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, who had been fastest on Wednesday and topped two of Thursday's three sessions. Simone Corsi finished as third quickest, making it an all-Italian, all-Kalex clean sweep.
The final day of the combined Moto2 and Moto3 test at Valencia was another sunny but cold one, restricting the usefulness of the morning sessions for the riders. Jorge Martin ended the day as the fastest of the Moto3 riders, just edging out the Italian Enea Bastianini. Marco Bezzecchi was the first of the KTM riders, finishing fractionally behind Bastianini and ahead of Aron Canet. Niccolo Antonelli ended the day in fifth, apparently benefting from a switch from KTM to Honda over the winter.
Lorenzo Baldassarri has topped the second day of testing for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Pons HP40 rider took over top spot after a crash by Miguel Oliveira meant the Portuguese KTM rider was unable to finish the final session of the day, though Oliveira was unhurt in the crash.
Mattia Pasini set the third fastest time at Valencia, the Italian a third of a second behind Baldassarri, but two tenths faster than Marcel Schrotter on the Dynavolt Intact Kalex. Fabio Quartararo ended the day as sixth quickest on the Speed Up, two thirds of a second behind Baldassarri.
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 first day of the three-day test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Valencia was a washout. Cold and wet weather meant there was next to no action on track. Only four riders put in any laps at all, the rest preferring to stay in their garages, or wander through the paddock.
Jorge Lorenzo finished the Sepang test as fastest overall, setting a new unofficial fastest lap in the process. That is meaningful in itself - it means that Lorenzo is a lot further along in his process of mastering the Desmosedici, and that he is likely to be competitive from the start of the season - but a more interesting perspective on the data is provided by the improvements made by the riders over the three days. Any improvement, or lack thereof, is an indication of how the factories are faring.
Unsurprisingly, the rider who improved the most over the three days was the rider with the least experience. Sepang was Tom Luthi's first outing on a MotoGP bike, and he had a lot to learn. But learn he did, quickly dispensing with the idea that old riders can't adapt. The 31-year-old has spent the last eleven seasons in the intermediate class, first in 250s, then in Moto2. But Luthi cut 2.606 seconds off his lap time between Sunday and Tuesday, adapting fast to the demands of riding the Marc VDS Honda RC213V. Luthi still finished as last of the officially contracted riders, but got to within six tenths of his teammate Franco Morbidelli, who has already had four days on the bike at both Valencia and Jerez.
Final times from Tuesday:
Only one rider has improved his time since noon, as the riders have switched their focus to race simulations. Andrea Dovizioso has moved up from eleventh to fourth, putting both factory Ducatis into the top four. Riders who have completed their test programs are starting to pack up, Jack Miller being one of the first, while others are still on track, Marc Marquez foremost among them.
Times at 2:30pm:
With next to no rain overnight, the MotoGP riders were met with a bone dry and blistering hot track on Tuesday morning, which meant they went straight to work. First order of business was a time attack: with air temperatures still rising, this was the best chance of a fast time the riders had been given during all three days of the test.
Their attempts were rewarded. Half the field was quickly into the 1'59s, and before noon, Jorge Lorenzo had smashed the existing unofficial lap record of the track set by Marc Marquez in 2015. Lorenzo's time of 1'58.830 was just a fraction under the 1'58.867 set by Marquez, but it is a sign of both how much faster Lorenzo is this year, and how much the Michelins have improved in their first two seasons back in MotoGP.
Times at the end of the day:
More changes in the standings as the final hour starts. With the risk of rain increasing at the end of the day, everyone is trying to post a fast lap before the session ends. Marc Marquez is currently fastest, having taken over from Andrea Dovizioso. Jack Miller and Jorge Lorenzo have jumped into the top five.
Times at 5pm:
Just one change in the order since 2:30pm, with Alvaro Bautista having improved his time. Andrea Dovizioso is still fastest, just a fraction quicker than Valentino Rossi, while Marc Marquez is third, all three riders getting into the 1'59s. Alex Rins is fourth quickest, making it four different manufacturers in the top four. Pol Espargaro's seventh fastest time takes that total to five different factories in the top seven, with only Aprilia missing.
Times at 2:30pm:
Overnight rain meant the riders were forced to wait for the track to dry before getting underway, but by 11am, it was dry enough for the action to commence. The track is busy at the moment, with riders with a lot of work to do making use of the dry conditions. Andrea Dovizioso is fastest at 12:30, the Ducati rider getting quickly up to speed and taking over on his fourth lap. Cal Crutchlow is second quickest on the LCR Honda, while Pol Espargaro continues to impress on the KTM in third.
Times at 12:30: