Pol Espargaro took advantage of some calmer weather in southern Spain to dominate the second day of testing at Jerez. The Spaniard comfortably topped all three sessions on Wednesday ahead of surprise package Takaaki Nakagami with Scott Redding justifying his status as one of the pre-season title favourites in third.

After yesterday’s virtual wash-out, the last thing the teams wanted to see this morning was the fog that greeted them. Fortunately, it cleared long before lunchtime allowing Espargaro to settle straight into a lightning pace. By the end of session two, the Tuenti HP 40 rider was well within the 2012 pole position and would go on to improve in the final session of the day, closing on a 1:42.332.

Nakagami, who famously qualified on the front row last season on his third Moto2 appearance, was equally impressive in second and along with Redding in third, also dipped under the pole position record. Julian Simon completed a Kalex 1-2-3-4 ahead of Tuesday pacesetter Nicolas Terol on the leading Suter for Aspar.

The former 125cc champion achieved that despite a crash with Esteve Rabat overcoming a similar hurdle on his way to sixth. Mika Kallio was seventh on the second Marc VDS Kalex ahead of Jordi Torres, Johann Zarco and Dominique Aegerter, all on Suters. The first of the Speed Ups came courtesy of Mike Di Meglio in eleventh while British rookies Danny Kent (Tech 3) and Kyle Smith (Blusens Avintia Kalex) were 25th and 26th respectively.

 

Moto2 Jerez Test: Combined Classification – Wednesday 20th February
Pos Rider Nat Team Time  
1 40. Pol Espargaro Tuenti HP 40 1:42.332  
2 30. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Racing Team 1:42.631
3 45. Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team 1:42.849
4 60. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.062
5 18. Nicolas Terol Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.232
6 80. Esteve Rabat Tuenti HP 40 1:43.407
7 36. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.509
8 81. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.549
9 5. Johann Zarco Came IodaRacing Project 1:43.671
10 77. Dominique Aegerter Technomag carXpert 1:43.757
11 63. Mike Di Meglio JIR Moto2 1:43.783
12 3. Simone Corsi NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:43.820 Report
13 49. Axel Pons Tuenti HP 40 1:43.882
14 15. Alex De Angelis NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:44.078 Report
15 19. Xavier Simeon Maptaq SAG Zelos Team 1:44.185
16 54. Mattia Pasini NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:44.329 Report
17 24. Toni Elias Blusens Avintia 1:44.348
18 11. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP 1:44.404
19 14. Ratthapark Wilairot Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 1:44.629 Report
20 4. Randy Krummenacher Technomag carXpert 1:44.695
21 95. Anthony West QMMF Racing Team 1:45.005
22 88. Ricard Cardus NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:45.139 Report
23 44. Steven Odendaal Arguiñano & Gines Racing 1:45.267
24 72. Yuki Takahashi Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 1:45.546
25 52. Danny Kent Tech 3 Racing 1:45.557
26 9. Kyle Smith Blusens Avintia 1:45.605
27 96. Louis Rossi Tech 3 Racing 1:45.614
28 97. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Racing Team 1:46.380
29 23. Marcel Schrotter Desguaces La Torre SAG Team 1:46.625
30 7. Doni Tata Pradita Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:46.672 Report
31 17. Alberto Moncayo Arguiñano & Gines Racing 1:47.286