This week I am writing the test news for the Paddock Chatter website, so for full versions of all the latest on the Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez test follow these links:
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The start of the final test ahead of the seasons opening race at Qatar saw clear skies and warm weather for the Moto2 and Moto3 riders on track at Jerez.
Making the most of the conditions ahead of tomorrows predicted heavy downpours was Jonas Folger who ended the day fastest with a time of 1m 47.149 for Aspar on his Kalex KTM. The German topped the list ahead of a trio of Spanish KTM riders with his nearest rival for speed, Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins, 0.252 behind. The Spanish riders all did extensive testing of new parts and components – a move which could be wise if the weather changes as predicted.
There was little to separate Rins from his fellow countrymen Maverick Vinales (at the newly re-named Team Calvo, still the Laglisse team but changed due to a big sponsor deal with a canned fish company) and Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM, currently riding with a fever). All three have been a dominant force in the previous tests but could not match Folger, who went six tenths quicker than his own time at the last Jerez test.
The fastest non-KTM bike across the line belonged to Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder in fifth, who was the quickest Suter Honda rider ahead of his team-mate Danny Webb…
Former Moto2 world champion Toni Elias lead the way on day one at Jerez with his lap of 1m 43.365 on his Blusens Avintia a surprise for many who were expecting Pol Espargaro to get back to business as usual as he was the pace-setter the last time Moto2 tested at the track in February when he set the quickest time of that test with a 1m 42.332.
This four day test for the class is the first time the teams have been allowed to use their official Moto2 race engines, with the teams using their own engines during winter testing up to this point.
Elias fastest time from the final session lead in a slew of fast Kalex bikes in the close to ideal weather conditions, with the top six positions being dominated by the manufacturer. The top three was completed by Pons Kalex riders and team mates Tito Rabat and Espargaro, second placed Rabat was just 0.059 behind the fastest time after leading the opening session. It is the first occasion the Tuenti HP 40 rider has finished a testing day ahead of Espargaro.
The Italtrans pairing of Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon were fourth and fifth fastest ahead of fellow Kalex rider Mika Kallio for Marc VDS in sixth. The first non-Kalex bike on the timesheets was NGM Mobile Forward racing’s Alex De Angelis…
For more including the list of times for both classes just follow the links above!