Claudio Corti - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Claudio Corti - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Italtrans rider Claudio Corti was the surprise pacesetter in this week's three-day Moto2 pre-season test at Jerez. The Italian has never finished on a Grand Prix podium before but the Italtrans Racing squad having switched from Suter machinery to Kalex for the new season, he appears to have found the sweet spot with the new bike.

Corti was four thousandths of a second ahead of Thomas Luthi, who had set the pace on the opening two days, while Pol Espargaro and Mika Kallio ensured that Kalex accounted for three of the quickest four riders.

Undoubtedly, one of the headlines from the test was the return to action on last year's runner-up Marc Marquez. The Spaniard heads into the season as the title favourite but hasn't been able to test since suffering the injury which dashed his championship chances in Malaysia last year. After a private run at Albacete though, Marquez was back in action this week and showed no signs of rustiness, going fifth fastest.

With Stefan Bradl moving up to MotoGP, Andrea Iannone is one of the men expected to take the challenge to Marquez this season but the Italian has changed motorcycle for the new season, switching from Suter to Speed Up. The new machine showed encouraging pace though with Iannone finishing the week with the sixth fastest time.

Scott Redding is also getting to grips with a new chassis after Marc VDS' choice to run Kalex bikes in 2012. The Briton has shown well throughout the winter and his best lap on day two was good enough for seventh, although that day did also include a crash. The returning Toni Elias was eighth for Mapfre Aspar with the man who finished runner-up to him, Julian Simon, in ninth on the Avintia Racing FTR.

After his impressive debut season, Bradley Smith will have high hopes for the new season but testing hasn't gone smoothly for him. The Tech 3 rider used his third different chassis of the winter this week and did it no favours with a heavy crash this afternoon. Smith was a second off the pace in 14th but feels there is plenty to come from the Mistral 610.

Fellow Briton Gino Rea also had a fall during the afternoon session today as he prepares for his debut season with Gresini. The former World Supersport rider was 22nd overall with his best time coming on Tuesday and outpaced his teammate Ratthapark Wilairot despite the Thai rider having competed in 80 Grands Prix in his career.

 

Moto2 Pre-Season Test – Jerez (Combined Classification)

Pos Rider Nat Constructor Team Lap Time
1 Claudio Corti ITA Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:41.983
2 Thomas Luthi SWI Suter Interwetten-Paddock Moto2 1:41.987
3 Pol Espargaro SPA Pons Kalex Pons Racing 1:42.149
4 Mika Kallio FIN Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team 1:42.301
5 Marc Marquez SPA Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol 1:42.430
6 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Up Speed Master 1:42.534
7 Scott Redding GBR Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team 1:42.638
8 Toni Elias SPA Suter Aspar Team Moto2 1:42.670
9 Julian Simon SPA FTR Avintia Racing 1:42.680
10 Alex De Angelis RSM Suter Forward Racing 1:42.741
11 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:42.825
12 Esteve Rabat SPA Pons Kalex Pons Racing 1:42.908
13 Mike Di Meglio FRA FTR Speed Up 1:42.948
14 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing 1:42.978
15 Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter Technomag-CIP 1:42.995
16 Johann Zarco FRA Motobi JIR Moto2 1:43.067
17 Nicolas Terol SPA Suter Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.129
18 Yuki Takahashi JAP Suter Forward Racing 1:43.191
19 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing 1:43.259
20 Angel Rodriguez SPA FTR SAG Team 1:43.279
21 Simone Corsi ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project 1:43.437
22 Gino Rea GBR Moriwaki Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:43.486
23 Axel Pons SPA Pons Kalex Pons Racing 1:43.537
24 Max Neukirchner GER Kalex Kiefer Racing 1:43.550
25 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Moriwaki Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 1:43.621
26 Roberto Rolfo ITA Suter Technomag-CIP 1:43.726
27 Eric Granado BRA Motobi JIR Moto2 1:44.338
28 Ricard Cardus SPA AJR Arguiñano Racing Team 1:44.360
29 Randy Krummenacher SWI Suter GP Team Switzerland 1:44.374
30 Marco Colandrea ITA FTR SAG Team 1:44.445
31 Damian Cudlin AUS Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team 1:44.827
32 Alexander Lundh SWE MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing 1:44.996
33 Elena Rosell SPA Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team 1:46.471