Johann Zarco maintained his impressive form at the Jerez test as the Moto2 contender finished fifth fastest overall on the AirAsia Caterham Suter.

He achieved his personal best time at the Spanish circuit in 1m 42.626s, which was 0.410s behind pace setter Takaaki Nagakami.

Zarco, who provisionally topped the times in session two, was particularly satisfied given that Jerez has not traditionally been a rewarding circuit for the Frenchman.

"It was a positive day today because I improved the lap time as I wanted. The times were consistent and the feeling on the bike was good," he said.

"I was able to concentrate on my riding and improve my style. Until now Jerez has always been difficult for me but now I can see how close I am and this has been a good thing going into Qatar.

"Now we can really aim for the podium and have a chance to do well."

His team-mate, American Josh Herrin, was 21st fastest overall and 1.416s off the top spot.

"Today went great. We made some changes this morning and it was a huge step in the right direction," he said.

"The bike feels even better than before and I feel confident going into the first race. I'm very happy with how the test went and I believe we will do well in Qatar."



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