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Moto3, Valencia tests: Bendsneyder stays on top, Fenati 3rd

In the smallest engine class, the Dutchman snatches the top time from Canet at the last minute, in Moto2 Oliveira and KTM look down on the rest from the top

Moto3: Valencia tests: Bendsneyder stays on top, Fenati 3rd

Once again, the strong wind put the riders to a hard test as they went out on the track today in Valencia for the second and final day of tests. The script remained the same as yesterday, with Bo Bendsneyder once again flexing his muscles, setting the reference time in the last available minute. The Dutchman dropped below l’1’40”, filing Thursday away with a time of 1’39”756.

Behind him was Aron Canet, who had the top time snatched from him by the rival KTM at the last minute. The Spaniard therefore had to settle for the second best time, finishing ahead of Romano Fenati, on the track today with a transponder. The rider from Ascoli continues on his path in view of his re-entry in Moto3, where he will find Enea Bastianini, who preferred working on pace today.

There was nothing new in Moto2 either, where Miguel Oliveira and his KTM were ahead of the rest. The Portuguese rider even managed to drop under the 1’36” wall, stopping the clock at 1’35”887 at the end of 73 laps done. Yesterday his time exceeded 1’37”.

Behind him was the new entry in the intermediate class, Fabio Quartararo, who did no less than 91 laps. No one else stayed out on the track as long as he did. Also at the Spanish event were Marcel Schrotter, Jorge Navarro and Edgar Pons, as well as Ricky Cardus, called on to sub for South African Brad Binder, out with an arm injury suffered during the tests in November.

Besides the weather, quite a few crashes were the protagonists of the day. In Moto3 Arón Canet, John McPhee, Gabriel Rodrigo, Livio Loi and Niccoló Antoneli wound up on the ground, whereas in Moto2, Fabio Quartararo, Edgar Pons and Marcel Schrotter crashed. None of them, however, suffered any injury.

On the other hand, things did not go as well for Fabio Di Giannantonio who was thrown from his Honda in the finale on turn four, suffering a fractured right collarbone, as we reported earlier.

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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