Espargaro Tops First Moto2 Test Of 2013 Season

Pol Espargaro has started the 2013 Moto2 season in much the same way he finished the last. The HP Pons rider was the fastest man of the day at a sunny if rather chilly Valencia, posting a time already a couple of tenths quicker than his pole record set on Saturday. Julian Simon was immediately quicker on the Kalex than he was on the Suter, having moved from Team BQR to Team Italtrans, while Mika Kallio was 3rd quickest on the Marc VDS Racing bike. Nico Terol underlined his speed at the Valencia circuit by ending the session in 4th.

It was a day of bike and team swaps, though riders were being reshuffled rather than having new riders enter the class. The rookies are few, though Tech 3 has a brace of them in Danny Kent and Louis Rossi. Sandro Cortese is also new to the class, though he did not test at Valencia, but will make his Moto2 debut at Albacete instead later in the week.

Unofficial times for the Moto2 class, provided by the circuit:

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 Pol Espargaro Kalex 1:34.9    
2 Julian Simon Kalex 1:35.0 0.1 0.1
3 Mika Kallio Kalex 1:35.3 0.4 0.3
4 Nico Terol Suter 1:35.4 0.5 0.1
5 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:35.4 0.5 0.0
6 Jordi Torres Suter 1:35.5 0.6 0.1
7 Scott Redding Kalex 1:35.5 0.6 0.0
8 Simone Corsi SpeedUp 1:35.7 0.8 0.2
9 Thomas Luthi Suter 1:35.8 0.9 0.1
10 Johann Zarco Suter 1:35.8 0.9 0.0
11 Esteve Rabat Kalex 1:35.8 0.9 0.0
12 Ratthapark Wilairot Suter 1:36.4 1.5 0.6
13 Anthony West SpeedUp 1:36.6 1.7 0.2
14 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:36.8 1.9 0.2
15 Ricky Cardus FTR 1:36.9 2.0 0.1
16 Yuki Takahashi Moriwaki 1:36.9 2.0 0.0
17 Mattia Pasini SpeedUp 1:37.0 2.1 0.1
18 Toni Elias Kalex 1:37.1 2.2 0.1
19 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:37.2 2.3 0.1
20 Mike di Meglio Motobi 1:37.4 2.5 0.2
21 Randy Krummenacher Suter 1:37.6 2.7 0.2
22 Danny Kent Tech3 1:38.2 3.3 0.6
23 Doni Tata Pradita Suter 1:38.7 3.8 0.5
24 Louis Rossi Tech 3 1:38.7 3.8 0.0
25 Kyle Smith Suter 1:39.1 4.2 0.4
26 Rafid Topan Sucipto SpeedUp 1:39.7 4.8 0.6

Moto2 records:
Race: 1:36.611 - Karel Abraham - 2010
Pole: 1:35.191 - Pol Espargaro - 2012

With thanks to Infomotogp.com for help with the times.

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2013
Pol Espargaro has started the 2013 Moto2 season in much the same way he finished the last. The HP Pons rider was the fastest man of the day at a sunny if rather chilly Valencia, posting a time already a couple of tenths quicker than his pole record set on Saturday. Julian Simon was immediately quicker on the Kalex than he was on the Suter, having moved from Team BQR to Team Italtrans, while Mika Kallio was 3rd quickest on the Marc VDS Racing bike. Nico Terol underlined his speed at the Valencia circuit by ending the session in 4th.It was a day of bike and team swaps, though riders were being reshuffled rather than having new riders enter the class. The rookies are few, though Tech 3 has a brace of them in Danny Kent and Louis Rossi. Sandro Cortese is also new to the class, though he did not test at Valencia, but will make his Moto2 debut at Albacete instead later in the week.Unofficial times for the Moto2 class, provided by the circuit:

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