Nicolas Terol’s impressive pre-season form continued as the Spaniard kicked off the second pre-season test the same way he started the first, by setting the pace. The Mapfre Aspar rider came out on top in miserable weather conditions, leading Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi by a tenth of a second.
The better conditions were to be found in the morning session as Terol, Corsi and Pol Espargaro made up the top three, demoting Scott Redding who’d led the way earlier on. The only big move in the afternoon would come from Julian Simon who topped the times ahead of Johann Zarco, allowing the pair to climb to third and sixth respectively.
Mika Kallio was over a second off the pace in seventh for Marc VDS Racing with Spanish trio Ricard Cardus, Jordi Torres and Esteve Rabat completing the top ten. However the state of the circuit will have made it very difficult for the teams to draw any worthwhile conclusions on their 2013 machinery. After his injuries sustained at Valencia, Thomas Luthi is not in action although Ratthapark Wilairot is back and clocked the 21st quickest time of the day.
Of the rookies, Danny Kent coped the best to finish as the quickest newcomer to the intermediate class, seventeenth overall, while Kyle Smith also showed signs of improvement from Valencia by ending the day nineteenth. Both will be praying for friendlier weather as their Moto2 debuts draw ever nearer.
|Moto2 Jerez Test: Combined Classification – Tuesday 19th February|
|1||18. Nicolas Terol||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||1:53.831|
|2||3. Simone Corsi||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:53.999|
|3||60. Julian Simon||Italtrans Racing Team||1:54.468|
|4||40. Pol Espargaro||Tuenti HP 40||1:54.493|
|5||45. Scott Redding||Marc VDS Racing Team||1:54.571|
|6||5. Johann Zarco||Came IodaRacing Project||1:54.833|
|7||36. Mika Kallio||Marc VDS Racing Team||1:54.986|
|8||88. Ricard Cardus||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:54.989|
|9||81. Jordi Torres||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||1:55.101|
|10||80. Esteve Rabat||Tuenti HP 40||1:55.241|
|11||63. Mike Di Meglio||JIR Moto2||1:55.285|
|12||24. Toni Elias||Blusens Avintia||1:55.424|
|13||19. Xavier Simeon||Maptaq SAG Zelos Team||1:55.467|
|14||54. Mattia Pasini||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:55.666|
|15||30. Takaaki Nakagami||Italtrans Racing Team||1:55.807|
|16||77. Dominique Aegerter||Technomag carXpert||1:55.974|
|17||52. Danny Kent||Tech 3 Racing||1:56.174|
|18||4. Randy Krummenacher||Technomag carXpert||1:56.508|
|19||9. Kyle Smith||Blusens Avintia||1:56.607|
|20||15. Alex De Angelis||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:56.726|
|21||14. Ratthapark Wilairot||Thai Honda Gresini Moto2||1:56.788|
|22||96. Louis Rossi||Tech 3 Racing||1:56.892|
|23||95. Anthony West||QMMF Racing Team||1:56.903|
|24||97. Rafid Topan Sucipto||QMMF Racing Team||1:56.929|
|25||11. Sandro Cortese||Dynavolt Intact GP||1:57.025|
|26||7. Doni Tata Pradita||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||1:58.308|
|27||72. Yuki Takahashi||Honda Racing Asia Tady||1:59.115|