Reigning 125cc World Champion Marc M?rquez and promising young British hope Scott Redding concluded this week's pre-season Moto2 test at Valencia in Spain tied atop the timing screens, with three seconds exactly blanketing the 30 riders in attendance.

The evenly-matched pair had similarly set identical lap times the previous day - albeit then for just fifth position - and they wound up three tenths clear of their closest challenger, Friday pace-setter and last year's Moto2 World Championship runner-up Juli?n Sim?n. M?rquez and Redding both improved their times from day two by a second, Sim?n by just a tenth.

Fellow Friday star Yuki Takahashi again showed well to claim fourth, joined in the 1m36s-dead bracket by Thomas L?thi and Stefan Bradl, whilst joint day one pace-setter Andrea Iannone kept up his consistently impressive form in seventh, half a second shy of the benchmark.

Aleix Espargar? posted a time good enough for eighth, with Alex de Angelis and Michele Pirro completing the top ten. Claudio Corti, Simone Corsi, Axel Pons and Mike DiMeglio all got to within a second of the fastest lap, whilst Crash.net columnist Bradley Smith lopped seven tenths off his own best effort to place 22nd.

Unofficial lap times supplied by teams:

Marc Marquez Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 1m 35.6secsScott Redding Marc VDS Suter 1m 35.6secsJulian Simon Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 35.9secsYuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.0secsThomas Luthi Interwetten Suter 1m 36.0secsStefan Bradl Viessmann Kiefer Kalex 1m 36.0secsAndrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 1m 36.1secsAleix Espargaro Pons Kalex Pons 1m 36.1secsAlex de Angelis JiR Motobi 1m 36.3secsMichele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.4secsClaudio Corti Italtrans Suter 1m 36.4secsSimone Corsi Ioda Racing Project 1m 36.6secsAxel Pons Pons Kalex Pons 1m 36.6secsMike DiMeglio Tech 3 1m 36.6secsJules Cluzel Forward Suter 1m 36.8secsRafaelle de Rosa G22 Moriwaki 1m 36.9secsMika Kallio Marc VDS Suter 1m 37.0secsAlex Baldolini Forward Racing Suter 1m 37.0secsMattia Pasini Ioda Racing Project 1m 37.0secsRandy Krummenacher Switzerland Kiefer Kalex 1m 37.2secsXavi For?s Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 37.2secsBradley Smith Tech 3 1m 37.3secsKev Coghlan Motorsport 69 FTR 1m 37.5secsEsteve Rabat Blusens STX 1m 37.7secsMax Neukirchner MZ Racing 1m 37.7secsRobertino Pietri Italtrans Suter 1m 37.8secsSantiago Hern?ndez SAG Team FTR 1m 37.9secsAnthony West MZ Racing 1m 38.1secsKenny Noyes Avintia STX FTR 1m 38.5secsDominque Aegerter Technomag CIP Suter 1m 38.6secs

 

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