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2018 Jerez February Test Wednesday Moto2 Times: Marquez Blasts To Moto2 Lap Record On Final Day

Alex Marquez has underlined his role as favorite for the 2018 Moto2 title by smashing the unofficial Moto2 lap record at Jerez on the final day of the test. The Marc VDS rider became the first man to lap the track in under 1'41 on a Moto2 machine, beating the official pole record by over a second.

Marquez' time put Pecco Bagnaia back into second place, after dominating the first two days of the test. The Sky VR46 rider still ended the day in second, as well as finishing the test as second overall after all three days. Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder took third place, beating his teammate Miguel Oliveira for the first time this test, but still eight tenths of a second slower than Marquez. 

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2018 Jerez February Test Tuesday Moto2 Times: Bagnaia Beats Marquez And Baldassarri

Pecco Bagnaia continues to dominate proceedings at Jerez, lapping nearly half a second under the previous pole record at Jerez, taking advantage of the track resurfacing which happened last year. The Sky VR46 rider was two tenths of a second quicker than Alex Marquez on the Marc VDS Kalex, the top two remaining unchanged from Monday.

Lorenzo Baldassarri put the Pons HP40 into third on the timesheets, the only other rider to end below the previous pole record. A full eighteen riders ended up under the race lap record of 1'42.596, however.

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Dorna Press Release: Race Lengths To Be Shortened For 2018, 2019

Dorna issued the following press release confirming the shortening of races in all three Grand Prix classes, as we reported earlier. Seven MotoGP races are to be shortened, ten Moto2 races are to lose laps, and eight races in Moto3. The press release explaining the full list of changes appears below:


FIM MotoGP™ World Championship race durations to change

The number of laps in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 races are to be adjusted to ensure greater parity in race duration.

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2018 Jerez February Test Monday Moto2 Times: Bagnaia Leads Marquez

Pecco Bagnaia has underlined why there is so much interest in him from MotoGP teams by topping the first day of the Moto2 test in Jerez. The Sky Racing VR46 Team rider topped both dry sessions, the lunchtime session seeing very little action on a wet track. 

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The Week That Testing Hits Full Swing - Moto2 & Moto3 In Jerez, MotoGP In Buriram, WorldSBK In PI

The official start of the WorldSBK season is less than two weeks away, with practice for the first round set to kick off at Phillip Island on Friday 23rd February. And to get fans in the mood for the return of actual racing, the coming week sees a full program of testing take place.

The week kicks off in Jerez, where the full grid of Moto2 and Moto3 has now assembled. After skipping the Valencia test last week, the Marc VDS Moto2 team, Sky VR46 team, and Swiss Innovative Investors team are all on track together in Jerez. The test will last for three days, from Monday through Wednesday 14th February, with the Moto2 and Moto3 classes taking to the track in separate sessions. 

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2018 Valencia February Moto2 Test Thursday Times: Pasini Bests Baldassarri

Mattia Pasini has finished the final day of the Moto2 test at Valencia on top of the pack, the Italian heading the second session of the day to take top spot. Pasini ended just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, who had been fastest on Wednesday and topped two of Thursday's three sessions. Simone Corsi finished as third quickest, making it an all-Italian, all-Kalex clean sweep. 

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2018 Valencia February Moto2 Test Wednesday Times: Baldassarri Takes Over As Oliveira Falls

Lorenzo Baldassarri has topped the second day of testing for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Pons HP40 rider took over top spot after a crash by Miguel Oliveira meant the Portuguese KTM rider was unable to finish the final session of the day, though Oliveira was unhurt in the crash.

Mattia Pasini set the third fastest time at Valencia, the Italian a third of a second behind Baldassarri, but two tenths faster than Marcel Schrotter on the Dynavolt Intact Kalex. Fabio Quartararo ended the day as sixth quickest on the Speed Up, two thirds of a second behind Baldassarri.

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Moto2 & Moto3 Teams To Test At Valencia From Tuesday To Thursday

With MotoGP and WorldSBK both already having had their first tests of the season, it is now the turn of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams to get the 2018 season underway. Over the next three days, a large contingent of riders from the two Grand Prix support classes will gather in Valencia for their first test of the year.

The complete Moto2 and Moto3 field will not be present at the Valencia test. According to the official website of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, 26 Moto2 riders and 14 Moto3 riders will be participating in the test. Riders present will include Moto2 favorites such as KTM riders Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, Gresini's Jorge Navarro, Marinelli Rivacold team's Romano Fenati, and Swiss rider Domi Aegerter, who has successfully managed to raise nearly €170,000 towards his season through a special crowdfunding scheme for Swiss athletes.

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Hafizh Syahrin Now Main Candidate For Tech 3 MotoGP Seat As Zulfahmi Khairuddin Confirmed In His Moto2 Ride

The chances of MotoGP getting its first ever Malaysian rider are rising exponentially. It is looking ever more likely that Hafizh Syahrin, currently signed to the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team in Moto2, will move up to MotoGP and take over the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha seat vacated by Jonas Folger due to illness.

Rumors that Syahrin was a candidate to replace Folger first emerged after the opening MotoGP test of the 2018 season in Sepang, where a range of names were being bandied about. Few people were mentioning Syahrin, however, until MCN published a story linking the Malaysian rider to the team.

Since Saturday, things have moved into a higher gear. Today, the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team confirmed that Zulfahmi Khairuddin will be replacing Syahrin on the Kalex Moto2 machine the team will be fielding in 2018. At the same time, Syahrin confirmed in an Instagram post that he will be leaving the team to ride elsewhere.

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