Heavy Rain Mars Day Two Of Jerez Pre-Season Test


The Moto2 and Moto3 classes saw their second day of testing virtually written off as heavy rain made any meaningful running impossible at Jerez. Only half of the respective fields took the race track in the torrential conditions with Scott Redding and Jack Miller setting the pace at the end of the day.

The morning saw particularly miserable weather, so much so that only six Moto3 riders ventured out at all. German rookie Philipp Oettl was the quickest of them but he was relegated down the order as conditions steadily improved. Wet weather specialist Jack Miller eventually lowered the benchmark time to 1:57.627, giving him a narrow advantage over Caretta Technology teammate John McPhee with expected title contenders Luis Salom and Alex Rins third and fourth.

Maverick Vinales was ninth while Monday pacesetter Jonas Folger sat the day out altogether. Danny Webb did go out but may wish he hadn’t after suffering a nasty highside in the afternoon.

The intermediate class saw a little more action early on but as in Moto3, the lap times were some way short of yesterday. Scott Redding set the quickest of all, some twelve seconds shy of Toni Elias’ standard on day one with the Avintia Blusens rider following up his Monday effort with second place in the wet. Danny Kent was fifteenth, one place behind his teammate Louis Rossi who put his Monday crash behind him while Kyle Smith saved himself and his machine for drier conditions on Wednesday.