2013 Mugello Post-Race Moto2 Test: Espargaro Finds Speed In Rain-Stricken Test

While the MotoGP riders packed up and headed home after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Moto2 and Moto3 classes stayed on for their first official in-season test. There was plenty to test, with Marc VDS having brought a new swingarm, Dunlop having new tires to try, Suter having a new fairing, FCC having new clutch parts, and a lot of set up work to try, but the weather was not inclined to cooperate. Heavy rain towards the end of the morning cut testing short for several riders, with about half the field staying on for the afternoon.

Pol Espargaro found an improved set up, which solved some of the grip problems he has been having for most of the year, and posted the fastest time of both the day and the weekend. He improved his qualifying time by nearly a full second, and was nearly a quarter of a second faster than Scott Redding's pole time from Saturday. Takaaki Nakagami also improved on his qualifying time, also dipping under the time set by Redding, as the Japanese rider focused on solving clutch issues which had caused him problems during the race. Tito Rabat was third fastests, rounding out a trio of Kalexes.

A couple of Suters followed, Mapfre Aspar's Jordi Torres setting the fourth fastest time ahead of Johann Zarco. Zarco, who scored his first podium the day before, worked with a new seat and fairing from Suter, which he felt offered an improvement. Championship leader Scott Redding had a new swingarm to test, the team having submitted a design to Kalex, but conditions were against the young Englishman. Redding posted just 9 full laps before the rain put an early end to his day.

Just what improvements the test will bring will be evident in two weeks' time, when Moto2 reconvenes at the Montmelo circuit for the Catalunya round of the series. With Espargaro living just a stone's throw away from the circuit, he will hope that the lessons learned at Mugello will allow him to return to the front of Moto2 in front of his home crowd.

Times, courtesy of MotoGP.com:

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff QP time Diff QP +/-
1 Pol Espargaro Kalex 1:52.717   1:53.678 -0.961
2 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:52.847 0.130 1:53.123 -0.276
3 Esteve Rabat Kalex 1:53.265 0.548 1:53.383 -0.118
4 Jordi Torres Suter 1:53.305 0.588 1:53.611 -0.306
5 Johann Zarco Suter 1:53.382 0.665 1:53.278 +0.104
6 Axel Pons Kalex 1:53.504 0.787 1:54.232 -0.728
7 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:53.549 0.832 1:53.459 +0.090
8 Julian Simon Kalex 1:53.567 0.850 1:54.152 -0.585
9 Scott Redding Kalex 1:53.880 1.163 1:52.958 +0.922
10 Nicolas Terol Suter 1:53.901 1.184 1:53.368 +0.533
11 Danny Kent Tech 3 1:53.957 1.240 1:55.050 -1.093
12 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:54.035 1.318 1:53.221 +0.814
13 Ratthapark Wilairot Suter 1:54.045 1.328 1:54.630 -0.585
14 Anthony West Speed Up 1:54.054 1.337 1:54.721 -0.667
15 Randy Krummenacher Suter 1:54.085 1.368 1:54.019 +0.066
16 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:54.186 1.469 1:53.708 +0.478
17 Mattia Pasini Speed Up 1:54.192 1.475 1:54.395 -0.203
18 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:54.346 1.629 1:53.962 +0.384
19 Alex De Angelis Speed Up 1:54.433 1.716 1:53.466 +0.967
20 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:54.550 1.833 1:53.971 +0.579
21 Toni Elias Kalex 1:54.702 1.985 1:54.621 +0.081
22 Mika Kallio Kalex 1:54.782 2.065 1:53.910 +0.872
23 Alberto Moncayo Speed Up 1:54.868 2.151 1:55.677 -0.809
24 Ricky Cardus Speed Up 1:55.265 2.548 1:54.922 +0.343
25 Louis Rossi Tech 3 1:55.403 2.686 1:54.865 +0.538
26 Kyle Smith Kalex 1:55.504 2.787 1:55.921 -0.417
27 Steven Odendaal Speed Up 1:55.721 3.004 1:55.496 +0.225
28 Mike Di Meglio Motobi 1:55.861 3.144 1:54.399 +1.462
29 Yuki Takahashi Moriwaki 1:56.267 3.550 1:55.454 +0.813
30 Doni Tata Pradita Suter 1:56.553 3.836 1:55.416 +1.137
31 Rafid Topan Sucipto Speed Up 1:58.006 5.289 1:57.055 +0.951

The last two columns show the time set during qualifying, and the difference in time compared with the test time. Negative numbers mean that riders were faster at the test, positive numbers that they were slower at the test.

Race Details
2013
While the MotoGP riders packed up and headed home after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Moto2 and Moto3 classes stayed on for their first official in-season test. There was plenty to test, with Marc VDS having brought a new swingarm, Dunlop having new tires to try, Suter having a new fairing, FCC having new clutch parts, and a lot of set up work to try, but the weather was not inclined to cooperate. Heavy rain towards the end of the morning cut testing short for several riders, with about half the field staying on for the afternoon.Pol Espargaro found an improved set up, which solved some of the grip problems he has been having for most of the year, and posted the fastest time of both the day and the weekend. He improved his qualifying time by nearly a full second, and was nearly a quarter of a second faster than Scott Redding's pole time from Saturday. Takaaki Nakagami also improved on his qualifying time, also dipping under the time set by Redding, as the Japanese rider focused on solving clutch issues which had caused him problems during the race. Tito Rabat was third fastests, rounding out a trio of Kalexes.

Comments

danny kent

hope he found something...

Total votes: 7

read somewhwere...

a) that Corsi rode the Tech3 at the test- not sure how come permitted given rarely happens.

b) Cal 'threatens' to leave Yamaha as he says Pol has signed for Factory bike in T3 and he will not stay without the same.

David, are either of these apparently true or merely whispers?

Total votes: 2

Suter clutch?

I thought it was announced that everyone was using the FCC clutch this year, as it was a control part. So how does it happen that Suter is testing clutch parts?

Total votes: 4

Corrected

Force of habit. To so used to typing the words "Suter" and "clutch" together that I forgot that the clutch supplier had changed.

Total votes: 7

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