Moto3 Test: Vinales fastest but injures hand at Jerez

With the weather improving after the downpours of Tuesday, after a short delay to allow the track to fully dry it was back to business at the Spanish circuit.
A bittersweet day for Vinales    Photo: Team Calvo/Laglisse
Team Calvo rider Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets with a 1m 46.603 aboard his KTM, but will take no further part in testing after crashing at Criville corner, the fastest on the circuit, during the Moto3 only session. The young Spaniard got his hand caught under the handlebars, causing a lost nail and damage to the tissue of his third finger. Vinales headed to Barcelona for further medical checks with it currently seeming that surgery will not be necessary and is expected to recover quickly enough to be ready for the opening race of the year at Qatar.
UPDATE: later revealed via their official Twitter page that Vinales is to
undergo reconstructive surgery tomorrow in Barcelona on the injury to his right hand.

The title favourite explained his mixed feelings on finishing fastest after the crash:
On one hand I’m happy because we did a great pace and we have worked hard and well. Every day I feel more comfortable on the bike and the connection is very good. But it was a shame next was the fall. Now it’s time to be calm and recover for Qatar”.
Vinales time today was the fastest of the test so far and quicker than the fastest time at the previous Jerez test, a 1m46.805, which he also set.
It was another strong day for KTM/Kalex KTM with the manufacturer having a stranglehold on the top three and taking up nine of the top ten places.
Second fastest was early leader in the morning session Alex Rins who was just 0.086 slower with a time he set in the final session for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, German rider Jonas Folger, who was top on day one, made the top three for Aspar.
Luis Salom was once again fastest of the Red Bull riders in fourth, while Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder was the sole non-KTM representitive in the top ten times, placing his Suter Honda fifth on the list.
Alex Marquez continued to impress, putting both the Estrella Galicia bikes inside the top six. The second Aspar, piloted by the young Brazilian Eric Granado placed seventh as Niklas Ajo (Avant Tenco), Jakub Kornfeil (Redox RW Racing GP) and Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completed the top ten.
Also crashing out in spectacular fashion was San Carlo Team Italia rider Francesco Bagnaia, who lost control entering the final corner and injured his left arm, which is now in a cast after breaking the radius, he is not expected to take part in the first race of the season but is hopeful of a return in time for the Austin round.
Testing concludes tomorrow with a final half day session for both Moto2 and Moto3 ending around midday local time.
Moto3 Test Combined Times (day three) :
1. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 46.603s
2. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 46.689s
3. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.010s
4. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.094s
5. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 47.701s
6. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 47.706s
7. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.742s
8. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 47.787s
9. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.854s
10. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.861s
11. Jack Miller Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 48.038s
12. Niccolo Antonelli Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 48.076s
13. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.083s
14. Isaac Viñales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 48.088s
15. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 1m 48.253s
16. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 48.316s
17. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 48.393s
18. Livio Loi Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.568s
19. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.699s
20. Lorenzo Baldassarri Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 48.819s
21. Alessandro Tonucci Team Lafonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 48.859s
22. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.868s
23. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 48.886s
24. John McPhee Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 48.907s
25. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.988s
26. Alan Techer CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 1m 49.129s
27. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 49.168s
28. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.248s
29. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 1m 49.264s
30. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 49.299s
31. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 49.555s
32. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.740s
33. Hyuga Watanabe Team Lafonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 50.332s

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