Vinales Tops Final Day Of Moto2 Testing At Valencia


Maverick Vinales sent out a major statement by clocking the fastest time on day three of the Moto2 pre-season test at Valencia. The Spanish teenager clinched the Moto3 title here in November and hasn’t wasted any time adjusting to a four-stroke motorcycle, edging out Takaaki Nakagami in the final session of the week. Vinales’ flyer wasn’t the quickest of the entire test though, with Esteve Rabat’s lap on day two marginally faster.

Thomas Luthi was third on the day ahead of Rabat and the impressive Sandro Cortese, the German showing the signs of many before him who struggled as a Moto2 rookie before kicking on second time around. Jordi Torres took sixth ahead of Julian Simon and teammate Nicolas Terol who suffered a crash this afternoon while Mika Kallio and Luis Salom rounded out the top ten, the former failing to make significant progress after setting the outright pace on day one.

For the British riders, the test also began much better than it started with Sam Lowes slipping to twelfth overall but Gino Rea had bigger problems with a crash on day two breaking a bone in his left foot. He did brave the pain to take part in today’s sessions but he couldn’t improve on 27th overall.

Testing resumes on Tuesday with the Moto2 class running for three days at Jerez.

 

MOTO2 OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA – COMBINED TIMES
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  ESTEVE RABAT KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:35.155 DAY 2
2  MAVERICK VINALES KALEX PONS HP 40 1:35.302 DAY 3
3  TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:35.337 DAY 3
4  THOMAS LUTHI SUTER INTERWETTEN PADDOCK MOTO2 1:35.422 DAY 3
5  SANDRO CORTESE KALEX DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 1:35.564 DAY 3
6  JORDI TORRES SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:35.643 DAY 3
7  MIKA KALLIO KALEX MARC VDS RACING TEAM 1:35.690 DAY 2
8  NICOLAS TEROL SUTER MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM MOTO2 1:35.715 DAY 2
9  JULIAN SIMON KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:35.725 DAY 3
10  LUIS SALOM KALEX PONS HP 40 1:35.844 DAY 3
11  ALEX DE ANGELIS SUTER TASCA RACING MOTO2 1:36.033 DAY 2
12  SAM LOWES SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:36.082 DAY 3
13  JOHANN ZARCO CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:36.222 DAY 2
14  AXEL PONS KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:36.335 DAY 3
15  DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:36.384 DAY 3
16  JONAS FOLGER KALEX ARGINANO & GINES RACING 1:36.439 DAY 2
17  ANTHONY WEST SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:36.534 DAY 2
18  JOSH HERRIN CATERHAM SUTER CATERHAM MOTO RACING 1:36.566 DAY 3
19  MARCEL SCHROTTER TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:36.684 DAY 3
20  FRANCO MORBIDELLI KALEX ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 1:36.785 DAY 3
21  LOUIS ROSSI KALEX SAG TEAM 1:36.852 DAY 3
22  HAFIZH SYAHRIN KALEX PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA 1:36.886 DAY 3
23  L. BALDASSARRI SUTER FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 1:36.926 DAY 3
24  AZLAN SHAH KALEX IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 1:36.955 DAY 2
25  ALEX MARINELARENA TECH 3 TECH 3 RACING 1:37.015 DAY 3
26  ROMAN RAMOS SPEED UP QMMF RACING TEAM 1:37.067 DAY 3
27  GINO REA SUTER AGT-REA RACING 1:37.141 DAY 2
28  R. KRUMMENACHER SUTER IODARACING PROJECT 1:37.151 DAY 2
29  THITIPONG WAROKORN KALEX A.P. HONDA SAG TEAM 1:37.867 DAY 3
30  ROBIN MULHAUSER SUTER TECHNOMAG CARXPERT 1:37.878 DAY 3
31  TETSUTA NAGASHIMA MOTOBI TELURU TEAM JIR WEBIKE 1:38.915 DAY 3