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Roberts and Acosta end Catalunya private test fastest

The American was three tenths clear in Moto2™, whilst the Moto3™ superstar was also comfortably clear in Moto3™

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Italtrans Racing Team's Joe Roberts sent out a huge message to his Moto2™ rivals on the final day of the private test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, after the American unofficially set a new fastest-ever lap. A 1.43.056 meant Roberts was incredibly three tenths clear of Luca Marini's official outright lap record set in last year's qualifying.

The pace was hot in Barcelona though, with Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) matching his old teammate's lap record to end up second on the timesheets. American Racing's Marcos Ramirez was third on the timesheets, half a second adrift of Roberts. Completing the top five on the intermediate class timesheets were Pertamina Mandalika SAG's Bo Bendsneyder and Moto2™ World Championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

In the Moto3™ class, wonderkid Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was once again stealing headlines by taking top spot. The lightweight class World Championship leader posted a 1:48.420, three quarters of a second away from Tony Arbolino's outright lap record. Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia Esponsorama) ended up second overall, ahead of VR46 Academy stablemate Andrea Migno (Snipers Team). Filip Salac (Snipers Team) and Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) took the final places in the top five.

 

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