Zarco Leads Lowes As Moto2 Testing Begins

Johann Zarco laid down an early marker by dominating the opening day of pre-season testing ahead of the 2015 Moto2 season. The Frenchman was quickest in two of today’s three sessions and the only rider to break into the 1:34s bracket, giving him three tenths in hand over Sam Lowes who impressed on the Speed Up machine.

Lowes made a sensational start to the day, clocking a 1:35.876 to top the morning session but despite a seven tenth improvement in the second session, the British rider was usurped by Zarco who eased ahead by a quarter of a second. The Ajo Motorsport rider found even more speed on his final run of the day, extending his lead over the rest, but Lowes’ performance stood out especially with Kalex motorcycles making up the rest of today’s top ten.

Esteve Rabat was the next of them in third but the world champion endured a problematic first day back on board his machine, now sporting the no.1 plate. The Spaniard crashed on three separate occasions, keeping the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team busy, but Rabat still managed to close the day in third spot despite a cut to his arm.

Thomas Luthi wasted no time adapting to Kalex machinery, finishing a competitive fourth ahead of Gresini’s Xavier Simeon, while Alex Rins made a terrific start to preparations for his rookie Moto2 season by pipping his teammate Luis Salom to sixth. Franco Morbidelli outpaced his new partner Mika Kallio in eighth, seven places ahead of last year’s title runner-up, while Jonas Folger and Simone Corsi rounded out the top ten.


2015 Moto2 Testing: Valencia – February 10

1 Johann Zarco Kalex Ajo Motorsport 1:34.754
2 Sam Lowes Speed Up Speed Up Racing 1:35.106
3 Esteve Rabat Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:35.145
4 Thomas Luthi Kalex Derendinger Racing Interwetten 1:35.194
5 Xavier Simeon Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:35.264
6 Alex Rins Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 1:35.630
7 Luis Salom Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 1:35.687
8 Franco Morbidelli Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:35.813
9 Jonas Folger Kalex AGR Team 1:35.871
10 Simone Corsi Kalex Forward Racing 1:35.895
11 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 Tech 3 1:35.920
12 Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:36.017
13 Julian Simon Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:36.130
14 Dominique Aegerter Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:36.209
15 Mika Kallio Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:36.409
16 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 1:36.411
17 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex Forward Racing 1:36.435
18 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:36.456
19 Sandro Cortese Kalex Dynavolt Intact GP 1:36.496
20 Azlan Shah Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:36.743
21 Axel Pons Kalex AGR Team 1:36.791
22 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex APH PTT The Pizza SAG 1:37.302
23 Louis Rossi Tech 3 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1:37.430
24 Robin Mulhauser Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:37.469
25 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 Tech 3 1:37.492
26 Alex Marquez Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:37.773
27 Randy Krummenacher Kalex JIR Moto2 1:38.121
28 Jesko Raffin Kalex EMWE SAG Team 1:38.252
29 Florian Alt Suter Octo IodaRacing Team 1:39.518