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:
With the weather improving after the downpours of Tuesday, after a short delay to allow the track to fully dry it was back to business at the Spanish circuit.
Team Calvo rider Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets with a 1m 46.603 aboard his KTM, but will take no further part in testing after crashing at Criville corner, the fastest on the circuit, during the Moto3 only session. The young Spaniard got his hand caught under the handlebars, causing a lost nail and damage to the tissue of his third finger. Vinales headed to Barcelona for further medical checks with it currently seeming that surgery will not be necessary and is expected to recover quickly enough to be ready for the opening race of the year at Qatar.
The title favourite explained his mixed feelings on finishing fastest after the crash:
“On one hand I’m happy because we did a great pace and we have worked hard and well. Every day I feel more comfortable on the bike and the connection is very good. But it was a shame next was the fall. Now it’s time to be calm and recover for Qatar”.
Vinales time today was the fastest of the test so far and quicker than the fastest time at the previous Jerez test, a 1m46.805, which he also set.
It was another strong day for KTM/Kalex KTM with the manufacturer having a stranglehold on the top three and taking up nine of the top ten places.
Second fastest was early leader in the morning session Alex Rins who was just 0.086 slower with a time he set in the final session for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, German rider Jonas Folger, who was top on day one, made the top three for Aspar…
As the sun returned to the Spanish circuit so did the full field of Moto2 riders with Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro leading the way aboard his Pons Kalex, setting a time of 1m 42.636, the fastest of the test so far though just shy of the Spaniards own time of 1m 42.332 from the first test at the track in February. His progress meant Espargaro elected to sit out the third session altogether.
Fastest in the final session of the day to grab second was Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami who didn’t break the 1m 43 mark and was 0.467 adrift of the top time. Third place was filled by his team-mate, Julian Simon, making it an all Kalex/Pons Kalex top three.
British rider Scott Redding scored an impressive fourth fastest place, the Marc VDS Kalex man also completing a race simulation run during his track time…
For more including the list of times for both classes just follow the links above!