Rabat Maintains Testing Form On Day One At Jerez


Esteve Rabat continues to enhance his status as Moto2 championship favourite after topping the times on day one of the second pre-season test. The Spaniard, who led the field at Valencia last week, finished a quarter of a second clear of Thomas Luthi at Jerez today as the two proved a class apart from everyone else.

The day got off to a slow start with overnight rain leaving grip levels low but even in the trickier conditions of this morning, Rabat and Luthi dominated. By the end of proceedings though, Rabat had gone quicker than his own pole position from a year ago with both he and Luthi in the 1:42s bracket.

Mika Kallio was third fastest on the second Marc VDS Kalex with class rookies Sam Lowes and Maverick Vinales keeping up their impressive winter form to take fourth and fifth respectively. Takaaki Nakagami was sixth fastest ahead of Sandro Cortese and Julian Simon with Simone Corsi ninth as Forward Racing kicked off their 2014 programme, running a unique ‘Forward KLX’ chassis based on last year’s Kalex.

The 33 rider field taking part in this week’s test does not include Gino Rea with the Briton choosing to rest his left foot after breaking it at Valencia last week.

 

MOTO2 OFFICIAL TEST – JEREZ – TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  ESTEVE RABAT KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:42.747
2  THOMAS LUTHI SUTER INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO2 1:42.989
3  MIKA KALLIO KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:43.320
4  SAM LOWES SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:43.449
5  MAVERICK VINALES KALEX PONS HP 40 1:43.544
6  TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:43.570
7  SANDRO CORTESE KALEX DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 1:43.634
8  JULIAN SIMON KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:43.695
9  SIMONE CORSI FORWARD KLX NGM FORWARD RACING 1:43.748
10  LUIS SALOM KALEX PONS HP 40 1:43.793
11  ALEX DE ANGELIS SUTER TASCA RACING MOTO2 1:43.841
12  ANTHONY WEST SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:44.178
13  XAVIER SIMEON SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:44.226
14  JOHANN ZARCO CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:44.283
15  DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:44.338
16  MATTIA PASINI FORWARD KLX NGM FORWARD RACING 1:43.348
17  NICOLAS TEROL SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:44.394
18  AXEL PONS KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:44.412
19  ALEX MARINELARENA TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:44.499
20  LOUIS ROSSI KALEX SAG TEAM 1:44.518
21  HAFIZH SYAHRIN KALEX PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA 1:44.553
22  RANDY KRUMMENACHER SUTER IODARACING PROJECT 1:44.596
23  JONAS FOLGER KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:44.601
24  FRANCO MORBIDELLI KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:44.617
25  LORENZO BALDASSARRI SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:44.912
26  JOSH HERRIN CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:44.951
27  MARCEL SCHROTTER TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:45.112
28  ROMAN RAMOS SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:45.209
29  AZLAN SHAH KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:45.298
30  JORDI TORRES SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:45.743
31  THITIPONG WAROKORN KALEX APH PTT THE PIZZA SAG 1:46.027
32  TETSUTA NAGASHIMA MOTOBI TELURU TEAM JIR WEBIKE 1:46.378
33  ROBIN MULHAUSER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:46.770