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25 days ago
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Moto3™ returns to MotorLand for Official Test

Final preparations for the lightweight class before heading to Japan

Tags Moto3, 2017

After a dramatic last lap showdown in Aragon on Sunday, nine Moto3™ riders returned to the track on Monday for a one day Official Test under sunny skies.

Sunday’s race winner Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) was looking to improve grip in hot conditions ahead of the upcoming flyaway rounds in Japan, Australia and Malaysia and the Championship leader had a new rear link to test on his Honda, as well as a new set of rims to try out.

Over at Estrella Galicia 0,0 both Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini were testing new Honda 2018 chassis parts, as was Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3). All three riders logged plenty of laps around the MotorLand circuit, with laptimes not the main focus of the day.

Meanwhile, there were big developments at rival manufacturer KTM, particularly at the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad, who had four bikes in the garage as they began to step up their development ahead of next season. Bo Bendsneyder and Nico Antonelli swapped between two bikes each throughout the day as the Austrian manufacturer looks to halt the Honda dominance in the lighweight class in 2018.

KTM backed Sky Racing Team VR46 were also given a range of 2018 parts to test with both riders racking up laps in the Aragon sun.

The next stop is Motegi, where Mir will be hoping to wrap up the Championship, while the rest will be looking to use what they have learned to halt the Spaniard's domination.

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