Moto3 Test: Salom finishes fastest overall at Jerez

The weather on the Andalucian coast was good once again for the shared track time with Moto2 and Moto3’s sole running ahead of the season opener at Qatar.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom set the fastest time of the whole week in the final half day of testing on Thursday, his time of 1m 46.374 being 0.229 quicker than the time Maverick Vinales set for Team Calvo on Wednesday before sustaining the finger injury that ruled him out of the rest of the test.
Luis Salom in action at Jerez   Photo: Ajo Motorsport
Also fairing well on the final day were the Estrella Galicia team riders, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, both of whom had put in strong performances throughout the test and finished the day second and third, and impressively third and fourth overall.
Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira broke up the KTM dominance after filling the top three positions once again, placing his Mahindra fourth on the final day, his team-mate Efren Vazquez was seventh on a day where less than two seconds covered the top 19 riders.
Aspar’s title contender Jonas Folger was fifth on the Kalex KTM while Niccolo Antonelli’s time for the Go&Fun Gresini team was good enough for sixth fastest on the final day.
Jakub Kornfeil was eighth quickest for the Redox RW Racing GP team while Zulfahmi Khairuddin was ninth and the second fastest of the Red Bull riders.
British rider John McPhee completed the top ten times for Thursday aboard the Caretta Technology machine, while his fellow countryman Danny Webb though now injured secured twelfth overall with his time from day one.

Below are Thursday’s test times for Moto3 in full and the top ten overall times from the Jerez test.
Moto3 Test Times (day four):
1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.374s
2. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 46.610s
3. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 46.986s
4. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.548s
5. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.702s
6. Niccolo Antonelli GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 48.031s
7. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.095s
8. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.168s
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 48.191s
10. John McPhee Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 48.552s
11. Isaac Viñales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 48.578s
12. Jack Miller Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 48.599s
13. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 48.607s
14. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.739s
15. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 48.823s
16. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 48.981s
17. Livio Loi Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.004s
18. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 1m 49.036s
19. Lorenzo Baldassarri Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 49.046s
20. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.489s
21. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 49.582s
22. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 49.596s
23. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.617s
24. Alan Techer CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 1m 49.722s
25. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 1m 49.914s
26. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 1m 50.303s
27. Hyuga Watanabe Team Lafonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 51.129s
28. Alessandro Tonucci Team Lafonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 51.134s
Top Ten Overall Times for the Jerez Test:
1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.374s
2. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 46.603s
3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 46.610s
4. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 46.986s
5. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.010s
6. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.548s
7. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 47.701s
8. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.742s
9. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 47.787s
10. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.854s
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