Danny Webb 12th, John McPhee 20th in Jerez test

The Moto3 world championship pre-season ended in gloriously sunny conditions at the Jerez track in Spain this afternoon with British duo Danny Webb and John McPhee both finishing inside the top 20.

Kent rider Webb was 12th overall but his best time of 1.47.959 was set on the very first day. Webb didn’t even ride in the final half day of track time available today after he suffered a crash on a rain-hit second day.

Webb’s best time left him 1.585s off the best pace set by Spaniard Luis Salom, who topped the leaderboard with a quickest pace of 1.46.374 set in the final session today.

McPhee also set his best pace under clear blue skies today, with a quickest lap of 1.48.552 putting him 20th on the final timesheets.

Salom led home a KTM domination of the final test with Maverick Vinales, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez all riding the Austrian 250cc four-stroke machine in the top four.
Pre-season title favourite Vinales was a high profile absentee today though while he recovers in hospital following a heavy crash on the third day yesterday.

The Spaniard is expected to be fit for the opening race in Qatar on April 7 despite losing one centimetre of the ring finger on his right hand after a heavy fall while leading the field yesterday.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt