The weather proved to be an ally to the teams and riders taking part in the final test ahead of the season-opener. The thermometer even reached 20° at Jerez, meaning that riders could finally open the throttle and set some record times. Jorge Martin did just that, setting a best of 1’45”945, the only rider able to duck under 1’46” today. An impressive result for the Gresini rider, though we should point out that three weeks ago, Enea Bastianini went one better, reaching 1’45”630.
Having seen these times, we cannot wait for the season to start, as the Moto3 series looks to be more open than ever before. The Spaniard is followed by the team Leopard rider, just one tenth behind his rival but able to hold off a certain Aron Canet (+0.262).
From what we've seen on this second day, it appears to be a three-way battle in that fourth-placed Fabio Di Giannantonio is already six tenths back (+0.604). It's only a test of course, and the really battle will not commence until Losail but the signs are not to be underestimated. The Italian closes just 0.007 ahead of a surprising Marco Bezzecchi, once again up with the frontrunners. He is the quickest KTM rider in a field that sees eight Hondas inside the top ten.
The final day of Moto3 testing gets underway tomorrow at 11:20.