Tom Luthi is the fastest man at the end of the first day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez. The Swiss rider was quick all day, ending the three sessions of practice just over a tenth quicker than Sam Lowes. The Gresini rider, now on a Kalex instead of a Speed Up, took second spot, though he did not put in a lap on the new experimental tire which Dunlop had brought, and which most riders used to set their fastest lap. Taka Nakagami ended the day in third, ahead of Alex Rins and Axel Pons, while reigning world champion Johann Zarco finished in 6th, nearly seven tenths down on Luthi.
It's the last chance to get it right. On Wednesday, the wheels start turning for the final tests of the year, with Moto2 and Moto3 hitting the track at the official test in Jerez, while the MotoGP teams assemble at Qatar. At this stage of the preseason, the teams and factories should be running through their final tweaks ahead of the opening race in just under three weeks' time. There is not enough time to make any major changes of direction. If you haven't got it right for this test, you are in for a very long year indeed. Just ask Honda about 2015.
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Times and press releases after the final day of the two-day private test for a select few Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Jerez:
Wednesday Moto2 times:
Times and press releases after today's private test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Jerez:
Press releases issued after the private test held at Jerez last week:
2016 PREPARATIONS FINALLY BEGIN FOR SAM LOWES IN SUNNY JEREZ
The private test for a number of Moto2 teams at Jerez turned into a washout for the first two days, with only KTM's MotoGP bike circulating in the hands of test riders Alex Hofmann and Mika Kallio. Fortunately for the teams, the track dried on Saturday, allowing the teams present to go out. Not everyone who rode was fitted with a transponder, meaning some names are missing from the timesheets, most notably Alex Marquez.
Faces dropped as teams headed into the paddock at Phillip Island on Thursday morning. Another day of rain? Surely not. Had they not suffered enough? What was needed was some dry track time, so that the teams could get on with the piles of work they still have to do getting ready for the 2016 season, and Michelin could start to get some proper feedback on their slicks.
Intense winds, with gusts of over 70 km/h made riding impossible yesterday, on the first of the two-day test at Jerez for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. The teams sat in the garages, hoping for better weather which never came. Monday was a different kettle of fish, the sun returning and the wind dying down to much more tolerable levels, the assembled teams all finding time to put in plenty of laps. Fabio Quartararo, riding a KTM for the Leopard Moto3 team, even managed to rack up a grand total of 99 laps before the track closed.