2019 Jerez Moto2/Moto3 Private Test Day 1 Times: Marini Leads Close Group

Ahead of next week's first official Moto2 and Moto3 test at Jerez, a few teams are gathered at the Andalucian circuit to prepare the 2019 season in the lower classes. Present are the Sky VR46, Marc VDS, Kiefer, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Gresini Racing, Dynavolt IntactGP, Italtrans, Idemitsu, CIP Green Power, and Speed Up teams, making use of the fine weather in Jerez.

Luca Marini led the way for most of the first day of the two-day test, ending at the head of a very tight group in the Moto2 class. Sam Lowes was just four hundredths behind Marini, while Tom Luthi, Alex Marquez, and Jorge Navarro all ended the test just over a tenth of a second off the pace of the Sky VR46 rider.

In the Moto3 class, Gabriel Rodrigo was fastest, with a clear lead over Dennis Foggia, Alonso Lopez, and Sergio Garcia. 

The Petronas SRT Moto2 and Moto3 teams also held a private test, but at their home circuit of Sepang.

Moto2 times:
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:41.827    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:41.869 0.042 0.042
3 12 Thomas Lüthi Kalex 1:41.942 0.115 0.073
4 73 Álex Márquez Kalex 1:41.951 0.124 0.009
5 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:41.971 0.144 0.020
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:42.085 0.258 0.114
7 23 Marcel Schrötter Kalex 1:42.526 0.699 0.441
8 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:42.879 1.052 0.353
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1:42.903 1.076 0.024
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1:42.965 1.138 0.062
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1:43.129 1.302 0.164
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:43.369 1.542 0.240
13 3 Lukas Tulovic KTM 1:43.639 1.812 0.270
14 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Honda 1:44.080 2.253 0.441
             
Moto3 times:
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 19 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1:47.254    
2 7 Dennis Foggia KTM 1:47.592 0.338 0.338
3 121 Alonso López Honda 1:47.641 0.387 0.049
4 111 Sergio García Honda 1:47.742 0.488 0.101
5 81 Stefano Nepa KTM 1:47.746 0.492 0.004
6 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 1:48.279 1.025 0.533
7 69 Tom Booth-Amos KTM 1:48.422 1.168 0.143
8 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1:48.523 1.269 0.101
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Is that an older bike, or different class ? And that's a lot of Kalex's again. 

One little thing "In the Moto2 [Moto3] class, Gabriel Rodrigo was fastest," 

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The top of the moto2 list is unsurprising, except maybe Navarro. Him and Lowes need to do a better job getting to the finish line. I think we'll see Digi get up to speed through the year.

Speaking of getting to the finish line... Rodrigo. Now would be a good time to put a season together, but despite a lot of strong riders leaving, he may find that winning this class hasn't gotten any easier.

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Any rumblings or feedback on how the new Triumph engines are doing?

Total votes: 8