Moto3: Martin under outright record to top FP3

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Jorge Martin set the quickest ever Moto3 lap of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit to remain in control as final free practice concluded in Valencia this morning.

The Spaniard’s time of 1’38.989 is the first-ever sub-1’39 Moto3 lap of the 2.5-mile circuit, placing him 0.221 seconds clear of nearest rival Gabriel Rodrigo

Juanfran Guevera was third quickest just 0.014 seconds off Rodrigo in second, ahead of Enea Bastinianini who clocked the fourth quickest time of the session.

Bo Bensneyder showed dramatic improvement to jump from 16th place in FP2 to set the sixth quickest time of the session ahead of Sasaki, who continued to impress with seventh.

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As in FP2, Romano Fenati was again eighth quickest ahead of Aron Canet, who crashed out of the session in the closing moments after colliding with debris as a result of a crash for South African Darryn Binder.

Wildcard Dennis Foggia was eleventh quickest for the VR46 junior team, while Britain’s John McPhee was 14th quickest despite a big crash at turn 12, in which the Scot was ejected from his 250cc Honda and slammed hard into the asphalt. While it took him a while to get back on his feet, he was eventually reported to be OK by trackside medics.   

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing