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.

Bagnaia's VR46 teammate Luca Marini ended the day as fourth quickest, just ahead of Mattia Pasini. Miguel Oliveira was the fastest KTM rider, the Portuguese factory rider just edging ahead of Sam Lowes on a KTM, who is quickly adapting back to being on a Moto2 machine. Remy Gardner posted an impressive time on the Tech 3 bike to take eighth spot, ahead of Brad Binder on the other Red Bull KTM, and Xavi Vierge on the Dynavolt Kalex.

Times from all sessions on Tuesday:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 42 Pecco Bagnaia Kalex 1:41.638    
2 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:41.848 0.210 0.210
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:41.992 0.354 0.144
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.014 0.376 0.022
5 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.053 0.415 0.039
6 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.154 0.516 0.101
7 22 Sam Lowes KTM 1:42.221 0.583 0.067
8 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:42.272 0.634 0.051
9 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:42.309 0.671 0.037
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:42.330 0.692 0.021
11 32 Isaac Vinales Kalex 1:42.332 0.694 0.002
12 40 Hector Barbera Kalex 1:42.390 0.752 0.058
13 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:42.417 0.779 0.027
14 36 Joan Mir Kalex 1:42.491 0.853 0.074
15 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:42.518 0.880 0.027
16 52 Danny Kent Speed Up 1:42.527 0.889 0.009
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.562 0.924 0.035
18 13 Romano Fenati Kalex 1:42.573 0.935 0.011
19 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:42.764 1.126 0.191
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:42.768 1.130 0.004
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 1:42.768 1.130 0.000
22 20 Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 1:42.771 1.133 0.003
23 51 Eric Granado Suter 1:43.058 1.420 0.287
24 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:43.186 1.548 0.128
25 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:43.287 1.649 0.101
26 77 Dominique Aegerter KTM 1:43.400 1.762 0.113
27 16 Joe Roberts NTS 1:43.474 1.836 0.074
28 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.613 1.975 0.139
29 21 Federico Fuligni Kalex 1:43.773 2.135 0.160
30 62 Stefano Manzi Suter 1:43.967 2.329 0.194
31 95 Jules Danilo Kalex 1:44.122 2.484 0.155

 

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This just shows how fickle a career can be, at one time being offered a Pramac MotoGP ride and now struggling on a Speed Up. Anything can happen in bike racing and most people regard DK as one of the most naturally talented riders out there but only strong results can save him now.

As far as I'm concerned though an unfancied bike is probably the best place to make a comeback. The Speed Up is actually a pretty good chassis and in Moto2 the rider can make the difference. But on a bike like the Speed Up the rider gets the credit for good results whereas on the Kalex they are just taken as a given. Just remember Bradley on the Tech3 or Sam on the Speed Up, Danny's got to dig deep though.

We've just got to remember that Danny is that rarest of things, a Brit GP world champion, and you don't get to fight off the Moto3 hoard without being pretty good.

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