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Moto2, Tests: Bagnaia and Antonelli sharks at Valencia

THE TIMES. Wet track for the last day of testing, the two Italians are the fastest. Di Giannatonio 2nd in Moto3

Tests: Bagnaia and Antonelli sharks at Valencia

If the Moto2 and Moto3 riders testing at Valencia yesterday found sun and the track in excellent conditions (so much that Nakagami nudged up the track record), today the weather was not at all fair. Rain and cold welcomed the teams and many decided not to go out onto the track.

MOTO2: BAGNAIA A SHARK AT VALENCIA - Not Francesco Bagnaia though, who decided to take advantage of the foul weather to get to know his Moto2 bike in the wet as well. It would seem that the operation went perfectly, because the VR46 team rider finished the day with the best time: 1’48”173.

Second place went to Oliverira astride his KTM, just 0”264 behind, while the third best time went to another Rookie: Fabio Quartararo on his team Pons Kalex (in his case, the gap behind Pecco was almost one second). Remy Gardner had a new bike as he begins to familiarize himself with the Tech3. The Australian finished 4th ahead of Odendaal and Manzi, another rookie astride a Team Sky Kalex.

Hada followed in the standings ahead of Nakagami, who only did 4 laps, and then Bassani and, bringing up the rear, the wizard of the wet, Pawi who, however, only did 3 laps today.

We should point out that team Intact GP Suter bikes were on the track for these days (without transponders), ridden by Cortese and Schrotter. Whereas, as we already reported, Navarro and Brad Binder were absent due to a dislocated shoulder for the former and a fractured left arm for the latter, who underwent surgery this morning.

MOTO3: ANTONELLI AHEAD OF GIANNANTONIO - The Italians seem to like the water as they dominated in Moto3 as well. Niccolò Antonelli demonstrated that he felt good on the KTM even in the wet and he finished in 1st place (his best time was 1’50”519) ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio astride his Team Gresini Honda. The Roman contained the gap to 0”174.

Bensneyder had the third best time ahead of Suzuki and Mattia Casadei (who will be racing in the CEV championship next year with Squadra Corse SIC 58).

Sixth place went to Danilo ahead of Kornfeil, Fenati, Martin, Bezzecchi, Pulkkinen and Toba.

Also making his début at Valencia on the team Aspar Mahindra was Lorenzo Dalla Porta, newly crowned champion of the Junior World Championship. Doing 61 laps yesterday and 44 today, he was not credited with any times since his bike did not have a transponder mounted.


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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