Almeria Moto2 & Moto3 Test, Tuesday Times: Viñales Impresses, As Honda Moto3 Bike Gets Shakedown
Testing for the Grand Prix support classes continues at Almeria, with a large chunk of the Moto2 field, as well as a selection of Moto3 riders at the Spanish circuit. The test sees both new bikes and new riders take to the track, with Kalex rolling out their 2014 chassis, while Honda is testing its brand new Moto3 bike.
Fastest Moto2 man of the day was Maverick Viñales, the Moto3 champion making a very strong impression and ending ahead of Mapfre Aspar's Jordi Torres, a man who won the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring this year. Xavier Simeon was third fastest, ending just ahead of of Sandro Cortese. Cortese tested both the 2013 and 2014 Kalex chassis, and was eight tenths quicker on the 2014 machine, according to Speedweek.com.
Among the Moto3 riders, Alex Rins set the fastest time, but with only the Hondas and Mahindras on track, there is little to compare it to. While Rins posted a 1'41.3, that is still over a second off the 1'40.1 Jack Miller is said to have set last week at the track on the KTM. The Hondas struggled with teething troubles, the test being a genuine shakedown, and the teams first contact with the bike. On Tuesday, the Hondas went out with the FTR chassis, the plan being to test Honda's own chassis either on Wednesday or Thursday, once the engine bugs have been ironed out.
Times from Tuesday at Almeria, courtesy of Speedweek.com