Pons Springs Jerez Testing Surprise

Axel Pons was the unlikely pacesetter at the end of the opening official Moto2 test, leading Britain’s Sam Lowes at Jerez. The Spaniard was the only rider to drop under the 1m41 barrier, setting his quickest time on day two, with Lowes three tenths adrift after topping the final day’s running.

Much like the Moto3 test taking place here, conditions were more conducive to fast times on the second day and Pons took full advantage, clocking a 1:41.730 in the morning session to chop half a second off Thomas Luthi’s Wednesday benchmark. Unfortunately for Pons, his test would end on a sour note with a crash soon after his flying lap ruling him out of the final day through injury.

In Pons’ absence, Lowes took up the running on the final day, setting a 1:42.075 in the afternoon to edge out Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Italian’s time was still good enough for third ahead of Alex Rins with Luthi tumbling to fifth overall after failing to better the time he had set on the very first day.

Dominique Aegerter was sixth ahead of Takaaki Nakagami with Jonas Folger outpacing Dynavolt Intact GP teammate Sandro Cortese to finish eighth. Reigning Moto3 champion Danny Kent continues to make a bright start on his return to the intermediate class, taking twelfth spot on his Leopard Kalex, while defending Moto2 champion Johann Zarco was conspicuous by his absence from the top of the leaderboard, ending the week in fourteenth.


Moto2 Official Test – Jerez (Combined Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
149. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:41.730
222. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:42.075
37. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:42.174
440. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:42.186
512. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:42.271
677. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:42.323
730. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:42.372
894. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:42.388
911. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:42.497
1023. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:42.530
1139. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team1:42.695
1252. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:42.789
1324. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:42.943
145. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:42.952
1573. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:42.953
1619. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.116
1757. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:43.132
1821. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:43.155
1910. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:43.238
2097. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:43.329
2154. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:43.351
2214. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:43.497
2344. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:43.620
2460. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.731
252. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:43.924
2655. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:44.102
2732. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:44.261
2870. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:44.338
2933. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:45.714
308. Efren VazquezSuterJPMoto Malaysia1:46.628