Luthi Leads Lowes on Day One at Jerez

Thomas Luthi dominated Wednesday’s running as the first official Moto2 pre-season test got underway at Jerez. The Swiss rider was quickest in all three sessions over the course of day one with Sam Lowes finishing as the nearest challenger for Federal Oil Gresini, just a tenth of a second behind.

Luthi, riding with a brand new crew chief for 2016, showed impressive consistency across the three sessions, going faster than Stefan Bradl’s pole position record in each of them. By the time the chequered flag fell late in the afternoon, the Interwetten rider had improved to a 1:42.271 but Lowes, now competing on Kalex machinery, found three tenths on his previous best to close the gap.

Takaaki Nakagami, twice a front row starter here, was third fastest ahead of Alex Rins, the man who will start the season to many as championship favourite. Axel Pons was fifth overall after failing to improve in the final session of the day while the same could be said of Johann Zarco, with the reigning champion six tenths off the pace in sixth.

The top ten was made up exclusively of Kalex riders with Marcel Schrotter seventh ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, one of the revelations of last season’s closing races. The Dynavolt Intact GP teammates were ninth and eleventh with Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger sandwiching Dominique Aegerter.


Moto2 Official Test – Jerez (Day One Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
112. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:42.271
222. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:42.389
330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:42.507
440. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:42.692
549. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:42.850
65. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:42.952
723. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:42.960
87. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:42.966
911. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:43.087
1077. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:43.134
1194. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:43.157
1210. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:43.298
1324. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:43.351
1454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:43.351
1552. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:43.448
1621. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:43.462
1757. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:43.479
1819. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.491
1973. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:43.563
2044. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:43.620
2160. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.867
2239. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team1:43.966
2314. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:44.013
2497. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:44.033
2570. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:44.338
262. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG Team1:44.365
2755. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:44.548
2832. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:45.002
2933. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:45.927