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Jose Antonio Rueda topples David Alonso to end 2024 Moto3 pre-season testing ahead

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Jose Antonio Rueda got the better of David Alonso on the third and final day of pre-season testing ahead of the 2024 Moto3 World Championship season in Jerez.

The Spaniard - who like Alonso will begin his second season in the quarter-litre category this year - set the pace with a 1m 43.276s lap on the Red Bull KTM Ajo machine, usurping his Colombian rival's day two benchmark by almost a tenth.

Rueda's efforts broke a streak of rapid timesheet topping laps from Alonso, both last week in Portimao and during this week's Jerez outing, pace that has emphasised the CFMoto Aspar Team rider's status as 2024 Moto3 title favourite.


The sophomore pair enjoyed a comfortable margin back to the 'best of the rest', headed up in third and fourth by MT Helmets-MSI's fresh pairing Ivan Ortola and new team-mate Ryusei Yamanaka.

Collin Veijer - another title tip following a run of strong results towards the end of his rookie campaign in 2015 - ended his week in fifth, heading up Daniel Holgado - whose Tech3 Racing team will swap to GasGas branding to reflect its MotoGP effort - in sixth and Stefano Nepa (LevelUp-MTA) in seventh.

Best of the rookie contingent was Luca Lunetta in eighth for SIC 58 Squadra Corse with Aussie Jacob Roulstone 11th and Joel Esteban in 18th.

MLav Racing's British pairing, meanwhile, endured mixed fortunes with Scott Ogden just outside of the top ten in 12th but there was frustration for Josh Whatley, who picked up a hand injury early on in the week, benching him for the remainder of the test.

He is expected to be fit in time for the opening round in Qatar, which takes place on 8-10 March

🇪🇦 ⏱️ 2024 Moto3 Official Pre-Season Testing Results, Jerez | Combined Results [FINAL]

🇪🇦 ⏱️ 2024 Moto3 Official Pre-Season Testing Results | Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain | Combined Results [FINAL]
Pos.NameNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 43.276
2David Alonso🇨🇴CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1m 43.315
3Ivan Ortola🇪🇦MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 43.610
4Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 43.628
5Collin Veijer🇳🇱Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna1m 43.816
6Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1m 43.869
7Stefano Nepa🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM1m 44.409
8Luca Lunetta🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 44.488
9Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 44.574
10David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 44.724
11Jacob Roulstone🇦🇺Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas1m 44.835
12Scott Ogden🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda1m 44.869
13Filippo Farioli🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 44.884
14Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 44.895
15Joel Kelso🇦🇺BOE MotorsportKTM1m 44.898
16David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportKTM1m 45.029
17Tatsuki Suzuki🇯🇵Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna1m 45.072
18Joel Esteban🇪🇦CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1m 45.146
19Nicola Carraro🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM1m 45.153
20Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 45.205
21Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹CIP Green PowerKTM1m 45.299
22Xabi Xurutuza🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 45.313
23Tatchakorn Busari🇹🇭Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 45.413
24Noah Dettweiler🇨🇭CIP Green PowerKTM1m 46.725
25Angel Piqueras🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 47.594
26Joshua Whatley🇬🇧MLav RacingHondaNo Time

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