MotoGP » Jerez II Moto3 test times - Tuesday (Final)


Lap times, FP1 and FP2 combined, after day two of the final pre-season Moto3 test at Jerez.

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blah - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 4:26 PM

Have Honda managed to "fix" their engine for this test? Weren't they down 8kph on top speeds at the last test. Judging by FTR Honda laptimes, they have.

Sidewinder - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 4:41 PM

It appears honda have fixed their horsepower deficit
I heard Geo Technology (who tune the Honda engine for Moto2) have tuned up the Honda moto 3 powerplants to deliver more.
Go Maverick and this new bloke Fenati!! :)

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 4:48 PM

Honda have apparently brought the next engine step to this test, which is probably why KTM's dominance has now ended, and we are seeing more and more Honda's coming up into the top ten.

As for Romano Fenati, he is the 2011 European 125cc champion, and the 2011 CIV(basically the Italian version of the CEV Buckler Championship) Runner-up to Niccolo Niccolo Antonelli. So yeah it seems Italy have some major new talent coming through, as Niccolo Antonelli is also starting to show some impressive pace.....

Scartledgec - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 6:37 PM

i think we'll see Kent getting quite a few podiums this year!!

Also just saw Isaac Vinales on the list... Maverick's brother? Not been mentioned before!

I'll keep watching with interest...

R-Win - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 9:05 PM

The standard Honda NSF250R is mainly developed for national championships as replacement of the 2-stroke 125 cc bikes.
This standard model has been developed to be an economical, reliable racing machine for young racers but as such not competitive to the full poke factory KTM's.
Therefore, for GP races, Honda has developed a "kit", giving additional 6 or more HP. Vinales and Oliviera had this kit already during the previous tests which explains why they were already competitive.
For this week's tests at Jerez, other NSF riders get their kit, making life more difficult for the factory KTM's.

G22 - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 9:43 PM

The hondas are relatively cheap to buy in standard form $25K but the race package is 4 times the price of the bike here in aus anyway. so you would expect it to be a big difference.
Engine rebuild every 5 hours race kit includes 3 engines to rotate out, lots of other pieces.

In essence you would expect the hondas to be good history shows it but i am amazed at the price

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