Rabat Takes Over On Day Two At Valencia


Esteve Rabat moved to the top of the timesheets on day two of the pre-season Moto2 test at Valencia, replacing teammate Mika Kallio as the man to beat. The Marc VDS rider set a blistering lap in the final session of the day, just two tenths shy of last year’s pole position, to lead Thomas Luthi and Tuesday pacesetter Kallio.

Rabat appeared much more comfortable as the temperatures picked up, topping two of the three sessions, but Luthi also looked strong as he experimented with a new frame, chassis and suspension on his Suter. The Swiss rider was three tenths behind Rabat but still quick enough to split the Marc VDS duo. The Aspar Suters of Jordi Torres and Nicolas Terol were close behind in fourth and fifth while Moto3 champion Maverick Vinales’ impressive start continued in sixth, the teenager trying out a raft of new parts on his Kalex

Julian Simon set an identical time to his compatriot in seventh, edging out Takaaki Nakagami and Alex de Angelis, and the top ten was completed by Luis Salom on the second Pons Kalex. Sandro Cortese bounced back from a crash on day one to finish twelfth fastest but British duo Sam Lowes and Gino Rea had a little less to cheer after ending day two seventeenth and 22nd respectively.

 

MOTO2 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – 12TH FEBRUARY 2014
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  ESTEVE RABAT KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:35.155
2  THOMAS LUTHI SUTER INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO2 1:35.509
3  MIKA KALLIO KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:35.690
4  JORDI TORRES SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:35.711
5  NICOLAS TEROL SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:35.715
6  MAVERICK VINALES KALEX PONS HP 40 1:35.810
7  JULIAN SIMON KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:35.810
8  TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:35.849
9  ALEX DE ANGELIS SUTER TASCA RACING MOTO2 1:36.033
10  LUIS SALOM KALEX PONS HP 40 1:36.073
11  JOHANN ZARCO CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:36.222
12  SANDRO CORTESE KALEX DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 1:36.354
13  JONAS FOLGER KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:36.439
14  ANTHONY WEST SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:36.534
15  AXEL PONS KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:36.629
16  DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:36.686
17  SAM LOWES SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:36.857
18  LOUIS ROSSI KALEX SAG TEAM 1:36.947
19  AZLAN SHAH KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:36.955
20  MARCEL SCHROTTER TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:37.039
21  FRANCO MORBIDELLI KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:37.058
22  GINO REA SUTER AGT-REA RACING 1:37.141
23  RANDY KRUMMENACHER SUTER IODARACING PROJECT 1:37.151
24  HAFIZH SYAHRIN KALEX PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA 1:37.229
25  JOSH HERRIN CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:37.400
26  ALEX MARINELARENA TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:37.516
27  ROMAN RAMOS SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:37.535
28  LORENZO BALDASSARRI SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:37.819
29  ROBIN MULHAUSER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:38.413
30  THITIPONG WAROKORN KALEX A.P. HONDA SAG TEAM 1:39.217
31  TETSUTA NAGASHIMA MOTOBI TELURU TEAM JIR WEBIKE 1:39.368