Jerez Combined Moto GP and WSBK Test - Day 3 Update!
Snapshot: Day 3 of the Combined Moto GP and WSBK testing at Jerez was dry!
It was a busy track at Jerez, with the Ducati factory team taking place of the Suzuki Moto GP team that had wrapped up the test, both Ducati Moto GP and World Superbike teams were present, along with the Forward Yamaha Open class team and Avintia Ducati. MV Agusta also started their first couple of days of testing, with Jules Cluzel returning to race in World Supersport, while Leon Camier gave a brand new F4RR a shakedown, starting his first day of work with his new team.
The two factory Ducati's of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were fastest on the day, though they did not record an official time. According to the German-language publication Speedweek, Dovizioso posted a time six tenths quicker than Stefan Bradl, which equates to a 1'39.0, two tenths quicker than he managed during qualifying at the circuit. Stefan Bradl set the fastest recorded time on the Forward Yamaha, getting very quickly up to speed on the new bike, and closing in on the time set by Aleix Espargaro during qualifying here. Bradl was a second quicker than Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Aprilia, the Spaniard just keeping ahead of Hector Barbera on the Open class Avintia Ducati. Bradl was 1.6 seconds faster than his new teammate Loris Baz, who is still adapting to the switch to Moto GP. Baz is managing it much better than Marco Melandri: the second Aprilia rider was 1.4 seconds behind his teammate, and 2.4 seconds slower than Stefan Bradl.
Jonathan Rea was fastest of the World Superbike riders, putting in a fast lap at the end of the session with a qualifier, as the rest of the field also did. Randy De Puniet was the 2nd fastest WSBK rider, making a strong debut on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 to finish just over half a second behind Rea, and ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes was a close 4th in the WSBK, just ahead of Michael van der Mark. The Dutchman's debut in World Superbikes has been impressive, Van der Mark ending the day ahead of his teammate, reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli.
Luis Salom was the fastest Moto2 rider, benefiting from a year's extra experience, and seven tenths ahead of Ant West on the QMMF Speed Up. Salom's Pons teammate Alex Rins ended as 3rd quickest Moto2 rider, eight tenths off the pace of Salom, and well ahead of experienced hand Julian Simon.
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