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:
If you read the content there you can discuss and comment too, below is a taster of both news articles:
The first full day of testing from Jerez was hit by frequent heavy downpours covering the track in standing water. Just 20 riders elected to brave the conditions and set a time – no-one ventured out for over 90 minutes after the first session started..
The track dried a little towards the end of the day with Jack Miller topping the times by posting a 1m 57.627 lap on his FTR Honda for Caretta Technology-RTG just 0.174 ahead of his team-mate British rider John McPhee, marking a strong wet performance for the team. The lap was over ten seconds slower than Folger’s fastest lap from day one in near perfect conditions.
Louis Salom completed the top three fastest on a fairly uneventful and uncompetitive day for the Red Bull KTM Ajo outfit, fellow KTM user and last seasons top rookie Alex Rins was fourth for Estralla Galicia, Australian Arthur Sissis made it two Red Bull machines in the top five…
After an hour and a half wait as the rain poured down in Spain many of the teams elected not to leave the pit garages at all – just 19 Moto2 riders set a time on day two.
The second session for Moto2 was the most productive with most riders setting their fastest times then despite the tricky conditions, the third session was shared with Moto3. Scott Redding was the cream of the crop after the deluge for Marc VDS setting a lap time of 1m 55.082 on the Kalex machine, almost 12 seconds slower than Monday’s top time in the dry set by Toni Elias.
After his surprise return to form yesterday Elias proved to be competent in all conditions and was the second quickest on day two, 0.296 behind Redding aboard the Blusens Avintia, making it a top two for Kalex in the wet. Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter was third fastest for the Technomag carXpert team and the fastest Suter.
Frenchman Mike Di Meglio, the sole MotoBI rider in the field, was fourth fastest with a time which lead the first session for the JIR team. Ant West once again demonstrated his proficiency for wet weather riding placing fifth on the timesheets for the QMMF team with his Speed Up machine…
For more including the list of times for both classes just follow the links above!