Espargaro Storms Ahead On Day Three At Jerez


Pol Espargaro made full use of improved conditions at Jerez to set the fastest time of the week so far at Jerez on Wednesday. The Spaniard chose not to venture out at all in the torrential rain of Tuesday but showed his dominance in calmer weather, going almost half a second faster than anybody else.

Damp patches remained first thing this morning but Espargaro steadily improved on his fastest time, leaving Toni Elias’ benchmark from Monday in his wake, and eventually closed the morning session 0.016s ahead of the 2010 world champion on the week-long leaderboard. The second session of the day saw Pol go seven tenths quicker to establish a comfortable lead over Takaaki Nakagami despite the Japanese rider topping the final session of the day to continue his excellent pre-season record.

Julian Simon completed the top three on the second Italtrans Kalex while Scott Redding followed up his pacesetting exploits in the wet with a strong fourth in the dry. Nicolas Terol set the pace among the Suter riders in fifth with Esteve Rabat between him and Aspar teammate Jordi Torres in seventh. Xavier Simeon remains one of the surprises of the winter, going eighth fastest for the SAG team, with the top ten completed by Dominique Aegerter and Axel Pons, 1.2s behind his teammate out front.

Danny Kent was unable to match his pace from day one, falling to 23rd as a result, while Kyle Smith did likewise and ended the day in 28th position.

 

Moto2 Jerez Test: Combined Classification – Wednesday 20th March
Pos Rider Nat Team Best Time
1 40. Pol Espargaro Tuenti HP 40 1:42.636
2 30. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.103
3 60. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.188
4 45. Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.372
5 18. Nicolas Terol Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.438
6 80. Esteve Rabat Tuenti HP 40 1:43.534
7 81. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.641
8 19. Xavier Simeon Maptaq SAG Zelos Team 1:43.720
9 77. Dominique Aegerter Technomag carXpert 1:43.800
10 49. Axel Pons Tuenti HP 40 1:43.861
11 36. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.929
12 95. Anthony West QMMF Racing Team 1:44.052
13 4. Randy Krummenacher Technomag carXpert 1:44.089
14 63. Mike Di Meglio JIR Moto2 1:44.158
15 24. Toni Elias Blusens Avintia 1:44.174
16 15. Alex De Angelis NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:44.182
17 3. Simone Corsi NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:44.202
18 11. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP 1:44.276
19 5. Johann Zarco Came IodaRacing Project 1:44.332
20 14. Ratthapark Wilairot Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 1:44.456
21 72. Yuki Takahashi Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 1:44.839
22 23. Marcel Schrotter Desguaces La Torre SAG 1:44.905
23 52. Danny Kent Tech 3 Racing 1:44.937
24 96. Louis Rossi Tech 3 Racing 1:45.181
25 54. Mattia Pasini NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:45.214
26 88. Ricard Cardus NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:45.241
27 44. Steven Odendaal Arguiñano & Gines Racing 1:45.354
28 9. Kyle Smith Blusens Avintia 1:45.590
29 33. Sergio Gadea Interwetten Paddock 1:46.041
30 97. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Racing Team 1:46.283
31 17. Alberto Moncayo Arguiñano & Gines Racing 1:46.617
32 7. Doni Tata Pradita Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:46.649