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Moto3: Kent tops Jerez test

Danny Kent tops the unofficial Moto3 timesheets on all three days at Jerez.
Young British rider Danny Kent gave his pre-season hopes a massive boost by leading all three days at the Jerez Moto3 test.

The Red Bull KTM rider, eleventh in the final season of 125cc and fourth after the opening Moto3 test of the year at Valencia, went straight to the top at Jerez and led the unofficial timesheets by 0.4sec by the end of the three days.

Avintia Racing's FTR Honda rider Maverick Vinales - last year' highest ranked 125cc rider to sign-up for Moto3 - finished the test in second place, just as he had at Valencia. Then came the Kalex KTM of Aspar's Alberto Moncayo (+0.8sec), followed by Kent's team-mate Sandro Cortese.

Cortese had set the pace at Valencia, but was 0.9sec behind Kent at Jerez, venue for round two of the inaugural Moto3 season.

Hector Faubel (Aspar) and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ajo KTM) were credited with the joint fifth fastest lap time, 1.3sec from Kent, with the Kalex-KTM of RW Racing's Luis Salom a further tenth back on supplied times.

The next best Honda rider after Vinales was Efren Vazquez , in eighth (+1.6sec) for Team Laglisse, with Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira ninth on the Monlau Competicion Honda - results that seem to underline an early advantage for the KTMs.

Australian rookie Arthur Sissis was tenth quickest on his Red Bull KTM, two seconds from Kent.

The third and final pre-season test will be held back at Jerez from March 19-21, when official timing should be in use.

Tagged as: Jerez , Valencia , 125 , Aspar , Danny Kent

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Bruster - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 10:28 AM

Look guys, to say he hasn't had a podium is harsh. For about half the season he was on the slower of the two bikes, which lets face it is very slow. The faster of the bikes was said to be good for about a 5th place. And when danny was given the bike this is about where he ran. He was riding on its absolute limit. And that is all he can be expected to do. He has proven he is a good rider, but truth be known, know one knows how fast he can go. If the last few days times are to be believed, then very fast! Could be his year :-)

MM - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 7:49 AM

Really hope this translates into similar form once the racing starts. Kent has impressed me right from his debut rides in 125s. He has a good attitude and lots of potential.

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