Moto3 opened the final official winter testing session in Qatar with Jorge Navarro fastest on day one.
Riders from the Moto2 and Moto3 class followed the same format as testing in Jerez which saw them alternate between hour long sessions with the Moto2 class. The sun was still shining at the start of testing at the Losail International Circuit where the Moto3 riders were first out on the dirty track located in the desert meaning the first run consisted of cleaning the circuit.
Spanish rider Navarro continues to look strong during testing. After finishing second fastest overall in Jerez, he was the fastest on day one with his time during the second session on his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda with a time of 2:06.176, despite finishing sixth during the third session. His teammate Aron Canet finished thirteenth overall.
Belgian RW Racing GP BV rider Livio Loi managed his fastest time of 2:06.462 during session three leaving him 0.286 seconds Navarro in second place overall.
KTM riders had the opportunity to test the new engine for 2016; the fastest time came Leopard Racing Team rider Fabio Quartararo with 2:06.622 which was 0.446 seconds slower than the lead Honda. The Leopard Team won the 2015 Moto3 Championship with British rider Danny Kent. Quartararo’s teammates Joan Mir and Andrea Locatelli finished in twelfth and twenty-third.
Next was Ongetta-Rivacold Honda rider Niccolo Antonelli with a time of 2:06.689 just over half a second slower than the leader; he did not make an appearance during the first session but finished a strong third later on and fourth overall.
The first of the Sky Racing VR46 Team riders Romano Fenati was next on the timesheets with a time of 2:06.896. Fenati who was fastest during testing in Jerez was 0.720 seconds slower than leader Navarro. His teammate Andrea Migno finished seventh fastest on his KTM behind Drive M7 SIC Racing Team rider Jakub Kornfeil. Nicolo Bulega, who was impressive in Jerez, finished fourteenth overall just under a second slower than his teammate.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder finished eighth ahead of the first of the Gresini Racing Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini. Schedl GP Racing team rider Philipp Oettl finished behind Bo Bendsneyder.
The top Mahindra was Aspar Team Moto3 rider Jorge Martin whose time was 1.772 seconds slower than the leader Navarro. Peugeot Saxoprint RTG rider Alexis Masbour was the fastest out of the two Peugeots’ in the Moto3 class who finished twenty-third ahead of the only British rider in John McPhee in twenty-seventh.
The only female rider in the Moto3 Maria Herrera finished an impressive seventeenth with a time of 2:07.629, just under 1.5 seconds slower than the leader.
A red flag three minutes before the end of the session meant it ended slightly earlier. The Moto3 class will complete six more sessions ahead of the first race in Qatar on March 20.