Kallio Closes Jerez Moto2 Test On Top


Mika Kallio produced the fastest Moto2 lap of Jerez for two years to upstage Esteve Rabat and Thomas Luthi on the final day of this week’s pre-season test. Rabat and Luthi had dominated the first two days but Kallio’s 1:42.169, the quickest Moto2 lap time since the 2012 pre-season test, saw him pip them by a tenth of a second.

The weather has been a source of frustration at times this week and it proved the same again on Thursday morning as fog in Andalucía delayed proceedings. Once visibility improved, Kallio went quickest while his Marc VDS teammate Rabat struggled with direction change, an issue which brought a halt to his race simulation. A lack of grip hampered Luthi on the Interwetten Suter as the Swiss rider fell from first to third.

Takaaki Nakagami completed his strong week in fourth while fifth placed Alex de Angelis was left to rue a crash on day two which restricted his running in the back end of the test. Sandro Cortese took sixth ahead of Sam Lowes with Lorenzo Baldassarri making as big an improvement as anyone to finish eighth fastest.

Just one test remains before the opening race of the season in Qatar. The intermediate class returns to Jerez for three more days of running starting on March 11th.

 

MOTO2 OFFICIAL TEST – COMBINED CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  MIKA KALLIO KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:42.169 DAY 3
2  ESTEVE RABAT KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:42.233 DAY 3
3  THOMAS LUTHI SUTER INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO2 1:42.254 DAY 3
4  TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:42.465 DAY 3
5  ALEX DE ANGELIS SUTER TASCA RACING MOTO2 1:42.847 DAY 3
6  SANDRO CORTESE KALEX DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 1:42.850 DAY 3
7  SAM LOWES SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:42.851 DAY 3
8  L. BALDASSARRI SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:42.923 DAY 3
9  XAVIER SIMEON SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:42.925 DAY 3
10  SIMONE CORSI FORWARD KLX NGM FORWARD RACING 1:43.014 DAY 3
11  JULIAN SIMON KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:43.020 DAY 3
12  JONAS FOLGER KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:43.033 DAY 3
13  FRANCO MORBIDELLI KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:43.181 DAY 3
14  MARCEL SCHROTTER TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:43.209 DAY 3
15  JOHANN ZARCO CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:43.216 DAY 2
16  MAVERICK VINALES KALEX PONS HP 40 1:43.226 DAY 2
17  NICOLAS TEROL SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:43.245 DAY 3
18  AXEL PONS KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:43.272 DAY 3
19  MATTIA PASINI FORWARD KLX NGM FORWARD RACING 1:43.291 DAY 3
20  ALEX MARINELARENA TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:43.367 DAY 3
21  LUIS SALOM KALEX PONS HP 40 1:43.389 DAY 2
22  DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:43.401 DAY 3
23  JORDI TORRES SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:43.537 DAY 3
24  ANTHONY WEST SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:43.636 DAY 3
25  LOUIS ROSSI KALEX SAG TEAM 1:43.669 DAY 3
26  JOSH HERRIN CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:43.732 DAY 2
27  HAFIZH SYAHRIN KALEX PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA 1:43.773 DAY 3
28  R. KRUMMENACHER SUTER IODARACING PROJECT 1:43.961 DAY 3
29  TETSUTA NAGASHIMA TSR TELURU TEAM JIR WEBIKE 1:44.527 DAY 3
30  ROMAN RAMOS SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:44.530 DAY 2
31  THITIPONG WAROKORN KALEX APH PTT THE PIZZA SAG 1:44.682 DAY 3
32  AZLAN SHAH KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:44.693 DAY 2
33  ROBIN MULHAUSER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:45.254 DAY 3