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Qatar Moto2/Moto3 Test: Antonelli leaves lasting impression

'Obviously I am happy of the first time but it will be important to be ahead next weekend' - Niccolo Antonelli.
Niccolo Antonelli's decision to revert back to his day one set-up in the Qatar Moto3 pre-season paid dividends as the Italian prospect clocked the fastest time overall on the Ongetta-Rivacold Honda on Sunday.

Antonelli moved to the top of the leaderboard in the final session with an impressive lap in 2m 05.444s, which gave him an advantage of two tenths over Livio Loi (RW Racing GP Honda).

Showing no ill-effects after a tumble on day two, Antonelli used the second session on the final day to tweak the set-up of his Honda before focusing on a time attack at the end to give himself a timely boost days before the championship officially blasts off at the Losail International Circuit.

“Today we have been very fast, we came back to the set up-used the first day and the situation improved a lot compared to yesterday,” Antonelli said.

“At the end we did even a great time – anyway the most important thing is to have found again the feeling with the bike in order to continue to work.

“Obviously I am happy of the first time but it will be important to be ahead next weekend.”

His team-mate, Jules Danilo, was 20th fastest in the combined standings, 1.5 seconds off the top spot.


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