Lowes Leads Rain Affected Moto2 Test at Jerez

Sam Lowes will head to next weekend’s Moto2 season opener full of confidence after topping the timesheets in this week’s final pre-season test. The Speed Up rider has been competitive throughout the winter in dry conditions and proved this weekend that his 2015 Speed Up has pace in the wet too, leading the rest of the field by a full second.

With Moto3 benefitting from the few windows of dry weather this week, the Moto2 riders had to make do with wet running, Julian Simon setting the fastest time on day one, some 13 seconds shy of the benchmark from last month’s test. Lowes would keep Speed Up at the head of the leaderboard with a 1:44.129, making the most of a drying track on Wednesday morning, while further rain in the afternoon ensured that would be the quickest time of the week.

With the overall leaderboard shaped almost entirely on Wednesday morning’s dry session, Jonas Folger took second ahead of Thomas Luthi and Takaaki Nakagami with Randy Krummenacher and Azlan Shah the unfamiliar names in the top six. Reigning champion Esteve Rabat isn’t used to being as low as seventh but his position will have been the least of his worries after a high side at turn four this morning.

Dominique Aegerter was eighth quickest with Julian Simon tumbling to ninth in the dry while 2014 runner-up Mika Kallio rounded out the top ten.


2015 Moto2 Testing: Jerez – March 17-19

1 Sam Lowes Speed Up Speed Up Racing 1:44.129
2 Jonas Folger Kalex AGR Team 1:45.207
3 Thomas Luthi Kalex Derendinger Racing Interwetten 1:45.244
4 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:45.651
5 Randy Krummenacher Kalex JIR Moto2 1:45.709
6 Azlan Shah Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:45.729
7 Esteve Rabat Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:45.868
8 Dominique Aegerter Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:45.977
9 Julian Simon Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:46.020
10 Mika Kallio Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:46.188
11 Franco Morbidelli Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 1:46.384
12 Axel Pons Kalex AGR Team 1:46.454
13 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 1:46.523
14 Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 1:46.573
15 Xavier Simeon Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:46.790
16 Johann Zarco Kalex Ajo Motorsport 1:47.061
17 Florian Alt Suter Octo IodaRacing Team 1:47.451
18 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex Forward Racing 1:47.552
19 Alex Marquez Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:47.805
20 Jesko Raffin Kalex sports-millions-EMWE-SAG 1:48.107
21 Louis Rossi Tech 3 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1:49.010
22 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter JPM Malaysia 1:49.255
23 Robin Mulhauser Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten 1:49.404
24 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 Tech 3 1:55.243
25 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 Tech 3 1:55.721
26 Simone Corsi Kalex Forward Racing 2:00.822
27 Sandro Cortese Kalex Dynavolt Intact GP 2:02.511
28 Luis Salom Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 No Time
29 Alex Rins Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 No Time
30 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex APH PTT The Pizza SAG No Time