Jaume Masia has ended the day, and the Jerez, as the fastest of the Moto3 riders, but he also managed to break three toes in his left foot in the attempt. The Spaniard was well under the lap record, and nearly seven tenths faster than the rest on the final day of the Jerez test.
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Stiff winds hindered the Moto2 riders on the second day of testing at the Jerez test, though the heavier, more powerful bikes were not quite as susceptible to the conditions as the Moto3 bikes were. Alex Marquez finished the day as fastest, just shy of Luca Marini's best time from Wednesday, the Marc VDS rider finishing just under a tenth quicker than Brad Binder on the factory KTM.
Aron Canet has topped the second day of the Jerez test for the Moto3 class, the Spaniard, riding for Max Biaggi's Sterilgarda Max team, just eking out an advantage over Bester Capital's Jaume Masia. Tony Arbolino was third quickest on the Snipers Team Honda, ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Marcos Ramirez.
Tony Arbolino has ended the first day of the Moto3 test at Jerez on top of the timesheets. The Snipers Team rider put his Honda - an almost completely new bike, with basically the same geometry and weight distribution - to the top of the timesheets and under the pole record at Jerez.
Luca Marini leads the first day of the Moto2 test at Jerez, the Sky VR46 rider posting fast laps throughout the day to end the day as quickest. Though Marini was happy to be quickest, he had not been able to focus on his race pace, as he still has some weakness in his shoulder after surgery in November. He can manage only 8 laps before his shoulder starts causing him issues.
Sam Lowes has topped the timesheets at the second day of the private test for some of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, the Gresini rider going over a tenth faster than Sky VR46's Luca Marini. Both riders improved their times from the first day by a significant margin.
Alex Marquez ended the second day as third fastest, and third overall. Nicolo Bulega was fourth quickest on Tuesday, but could not match the times set by Tom Luthi and Jorge Navarro on Monday.
Ahead of next week's first official Moto2 and Moto3 test at Jerez, a few teams are gathered at the Andalucian circuit to prepare the 2019 season in the lower classes. Present are the Sky VR46, Marc VDS, Kiefer, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Gresini Racing, Dynavolt IntactGP, Italtrans, Idemitsu, CIP Green Power, and Speed Up teams, making use of the fine weather in Jerez.
No changes at the top of the standings from lunchtime.
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With two days of testing already under their belts, and perfect track conditions in the cool of the morning, the MotoGP riders are obliterating records at the Sepang test. Maverick Viñales was the first rider to break through Jorge Lorenzo's old record of 1'58.830, but as 11am approached, rider after rider smashed through it, with Danilo Petrucci destroying it by near six tenths.
Maverick Viñales comes within seven hundredths of a second of Jorge Lorenzo's fastest two-wheeled lap around Sepang, set during the test last year.
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Very few changes on the timesheet since 12:30, as riders switch gears. Aleix Espargaro has done a longer run on the Aprilia, while a few new parts are starting to appear, such as a new fairing for Suzuki.
Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro both had crashes, Crutchlow's relatively small, Espargaro's much bigger, but both continued racing. The track has one pretty quiet now, as most teams break for lunch.
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