Kallio Quickest As Moto2 Testing Starts In Valencia


Mika Kallio clocked the quickest time on Tuesday as Moto2 pre-season testing kicked off at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The intermediate class, renowned for close and competitive racing, lived up to its billing immediately with just one thousandth of a second separating the top two and a second covering the top twelve.

Much focus will be on Kallio at Marc VDS following the departure of Scott Redding to MotoGP and the Finn set the fastest time of the day on his Kalex in the second of three sessions to take place. Jordi Torres, running a Suter for the Aspar team, was right behind in second with Thomas Luthi just 0.047s off the pace in third. Nicolas Terol topped the morning session with a time good enough for fourth overall while Esteve Rabat, one of the main title favourites, was fifth with the fastest time of the final session.

Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top six with his new Idemitsu Honda Team Asia crew with former teammate Julian Simon seventh ahead of two current world champions. Sam Lowes, winner of last year’s World Supersport crown, was just 0.733s off the pace on the sole Speed Up in the field with reigning Moto3 champion Maverick Vinales also making impressive progress to finish ninth, narrowly ahead of teammate Luis Salom.

The new Caterham team made a solid start with Johann Zarco eleventh and Josh Herrin 23rd and there was an equally encouraging opening day for Gino Rea, back as a regular rider, with the Briton seventh in the final session, placing him sixteenth overall.

 

MOTO2 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – 11TH FEBRUARY 2014
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  MIKA KALLIO KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:36.206
2  JORDI TORRES SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:36.207
3  THOMAS LUTHI SUTER INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO2 1:36.253
4  NICOLAS TEROL SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:36.459
5  ESTEVE RABAT KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:36.522
6  TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:36.768
7  JULIAN SIMON KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:36.869
8  SAM LOWES SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:36.939
9  MAVERICK VINALES KALEX PONS HP 40 1:36.992
10  LUIS SALOM KALEX PONS HP 40 1:37.053
11  JOHANN ZARCO CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:37.155
12  ALEX DE ANGELIS SUTER TASCA RACING MOTO2 1:37.196
13  ANTHONY WEST SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:37.371
14  MARCEL SCHROTTER TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:37.413
15  AXEL PONS KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:37.489
16  GINO REA SUTER AGT-REA RACING 1:37.531
17  SANDRO CORTESE KALEX DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 1:37.738
18  FRANCO MORBIDELLI KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:37.780
19  ROMAN RAMOS SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:38.002
20  RANDY KRUMMENACHER SUTER IODARACING PROJECT 1:38.097
21  DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:38.107
22  JONAS FOLGER KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:38.113
23  JOSH HERRIN CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:38.351
24  LOUIS ROSSI KALEX SAG TEAM 1:38.431
25  AZLAN SHAH KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:38.550
26  ROBIN MULHAUSER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:39.060
27  HAFIZH SYAHRIN KALEX PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA 1:39.174
28  LORENZO BALDASSARRI SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:39.475
29  THITIPONG WAROKORN KALEX A.P. HONDA SAG TEAM 1:40.452
30  ALEX MARINELARENA TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:41.123
31  TETSUTA NAGASHIMA MOTOBI TELURU TEAM JIR WEBIKE 1:41.415