Zarco Continues To Top Moto2 Testing


Johann Zarco remains the man to beat in Moto2 pre-season testing after topping the timesheets this week at Jerez. The Frenchman edged out Sam Lowes midway through the final day to maintain the Kalex supremacy but Lowes’ performance on the Speed Up machine continued to catch the eye, the Briton setting the pace in four of the nine sessions across the three-day test.

After three crashes last week at Valencia, reigning champion Esteve Rabat picked up where he left off with another tumble on Tuesday. Despite that, the Spaniard was quickest in the first session with a 1:43.399 but he wouldn’t be seen at the top of the timesheets until the very last session of the week, leaving Zarco and Lowes to dispute top spot.

Lowes produced a totally dominant display on day two to top all three sessions, beating the 2014 pole position time while he was at it, but Zarco made full use of the warmer conditions on day three to finish fastest overall on a 1:42.121, four hundredths quicker than the Speed Up. Rabat’s late flyer in the final session saw him climb above Axel Pons into third while Luis Salom regained the edge over his rookie teammate Alex Rins with a 1:42.484 good enough for fifth.

Lowes aside, the top ten was monopolised by Kalex riders with Sandro Cortese sixth ahead of Jonas Folger and the improving Lorenzo Baldassarri with Rins punted back to ninth after cracking the top three on day one.

 

2015 Moto2 Testing: Valencia – February 17-19

1 Johann Zarco Kalex Ajo Motorsport 1:42.121
2 Sam Lowes Speed Up Speed Up Racing 1:42.165
3 Esteve Rabat Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:42.392
4 Axel Pons Kalex AGR Team 1:42.410
5 Luis Salom Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 1:42.484
6 Sandro Cortese Kalex Dynavolt Intact GP 1:42.566
7 Jonas Folger Kalex AGR Team 1:42.625
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex Forward Racing 1:42.880
9 Alex Rins Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 1:42.927
10 Thomas Luthi Kalex Derendinger Racing Interwetten 1:42.980
11 Xavier Simeon Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:43.043
12 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:43.172
13 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 Tech 3 1:43.176
14 Mika Kallio Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.222
15 Franco Morbidelli Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.251
16 Alex Marquez Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:43.254
17 Simone Corsi Kalex Forward Racing 1:43.287
18 Dominique Aegerter Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:43.349
19 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 1:43.358
20 Louis Rossi Tech 3 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1:43.738
21 Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:43.849
22 Julian Simon Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:43.936
23 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 Tech 3 1:43.979
24 Azlan Shah Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:44.533
25 Robin Mulhauser Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:44.551
26 Randy Krummenacher Kalex JIR Moto2 1:44.635
27 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex APH PTT The Pizza SAG 1:44.646
28 Florian Alt Suter Octo IodaRacing Team 1:44.692
29 Jesko Raffin Kalex EMWE SAG Team 1:46.209