Moto2/125 Test Jerez Day 3 - Another Day Lost To Rain

Rain once again ruined testing for the Moto2 test at Jerez, the bad weather chasing the class all over Spain throughout its off-season testing program. Hopes that the weather might brighten up for Monday's session were dashed, the rain falling on and off all day. "These three days at Jerez have been pretty much a waste of time," Tech 3 boss Hervé Poncharal told MotoMatters.com, "Even on Sunday, the track was never really dry, there were wet patches still in places."

Ant West took advantage of the wet conditions in the morning to set the fastest time of the mixed session, ahead of Alex de Angelis and Mike di Meglio, but in the 50 minute qualifying simulation at 4pm, De Angelis moved easily ahead of the rest of the field, ending the session and the day with three quarters of a second advantage over his competitors. Toni Elias confirmed his role as favorite for the title, finishing the day in second spot, the Gresini rider having been at or near the top at every test held so far.

Behind Elias came a surprise. Tech 3's star signing Raffaele de Rosa has struggled to adapt to the Moto2 bikes so far. Along with many of the other former two-stroke riders, the Italian has found it hard to adapt to the harsh engine braking of the Honda CBR600 engine. The standard Suter slipper clutch only mitigates some of the back torque, leaving much more than the 250 and 125 riders are used to dealing with. But De Rosa made a big leap forward at the Jerez test, with a good deal of help from teammate Yuki Takahashi. The Japanese rider raced the first part of the season in MotoGP last year, but perhaps more relevantly, has been closely involved in HRC's Suzuka 8 Hours program, riding a factory CBR1000RR.

This experience, along with Takahashi's extremely methodical way of working, has allowed the Tech 3 rider to be close to the front during testing, while helping develop the chassis the team has built itself and give advice to teammate De Rosa. "Yuki has been a very important asset for us," Hervé Poncharal said. "He has helped Raffaele a lot, and he has developed the bike a lot."

The most notable absentee on the final day of testing was Kenny Noyes. Noyes and Toni Elias have been the only two riders to be consistently in the top three, in every test they have attended, and the Jack&Jones Banderas rider has surprised a lot of observers who are less familiar with the Spanish championship. Noyes and teammate Joan Olive - another former two-stroke rider struggling with the back torque of a four-stroke engine - decided to pack up early and head back to the team's Barcelona base, having already put in plenty of wet weather testing.

In the 125cc class, Tito Rabat headed the severely thinned field in the wet, ahead of the Bancaja Aspars of Bradley Smith and Nico Terol. Of the riders who had dominated in what passed for dry weather at the Andalucian track, Marc Marquez had packed up early due to the weather, while Pol Espargaro could not match his blistering dry pace in the wet.

The Moto2 and 125cc teams now head back to their respective bases, to work on the data they have gathered so far. In a little over two weeks' time, from March 27th to 29th, the support classes will once again convene at Jerez, to continue testing. In the meantime, they will be providing burnt offerings to every deity connected with the climate they can find.

Overall Moto2 times from the final day of testing at Jerez:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SCOT 1:55.280 0.000  
2 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 1:56.031 0.751 0.751
3 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH3 1:56.126 0.846 0.095
4 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 1:56.412 1.132 0.286
5 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 1:56.575 1.295 0.163
6 75 Mattia PASINI TSR 1:56.635 1.355 0.060
7 8 Anthony WEST MZ 1:56.636 1.356 0.001
8 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 1:57.122 1.842 0.486
9 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 1:57.133 1.853 0.011
10 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1:57.171 1.891 0.038
11 3 Simone CORSI TSR 1:57.363 2.083 0.192
12 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 1:57.393 2.113 0.030
13 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 1:57.661 2.381 0.268
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR MOTO2 1:57.781 2.501 0.120
15 41 Arne TODE SUTER 1:57.809 2.529 0.028
16 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 1:58.066 2.786 0.257
17 59 Niccolo CANEPA SCOT 1:58.474 3.194 0.408
18 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 1:58.697 3.417 0.223
19 6 Alex DEBON FTR 1:59.114 3.834 0.417
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1:59.135 3.855 0.021
21 60 Julian SIMON RSV 1:59.737 4.457 0.602
22 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 2:00.129 4.849 0.392
23 27 Vincent LONBOIS SUTER 2:01.452 6.172 1.323
24 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2:02.124 6.844 0.672

Times for the 1st and 2nd sessions below the 125 times.

Overall times for the 125cc class:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 112 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 1:57.347 0.000  
2 138 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 1:57.386 0.039 0.039
3 140 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 1:57.940 0.593 0.554
4 139 Luis SALOM LAMBRETTA 1:57.964 0.617 0.024
5 107 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 1:58.795 1.448 0.831
6 144 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 1:59.835 2.488 1.040
7 178 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 2:00.252 2.905 0.417
8 126 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 2:03.153 5.806 2.901
9 135 Randy KRUMMENACHER APRILIA 2:05.815 8.468 2.662
10 169 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 2:15.078 17.731 9.263

Moto2 Times for session 1 (10am to 4pm):

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 8 Anthony WEST MZ 1:56.636 0.000  
2 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SCOT 1:56.727 0.091 0.091
3 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 1:57.090 0.454 0.363
4 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 1:57.294 0.658 0.204
5 3 Simone CORSI TSR 1:57.363 0.727 0.069
6 75 Mattia PASINI TSR 1:57.487 0.851 0.124
7 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR MOTO2 1:57.781 1.145 0.294
8 41 Arne TODE SUTER 1:57.809 1.173 0.028
9 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 1:57.930 1.294 0.121
10 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 1:58.094 1.458 0.164
11 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 1:58.656 2.020 0.562
12 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 1:59.159 2.523 0.503
13 60 Julian SIMON RSV 1:59.737 3.101 0.578
14 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 1:59.826 3.190 0.089
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1:59.853 3.217 0.027
16 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1:59.910 3.274 0.057
17 59 Niccolo CANEPA SCOT 2:00.892 4.256 0.982
18 6 Alex DEBON FTR 2:01.222 4.586 0.330
19 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 2:01.316 4.680 0.094
20 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 2:01.646 5.010 0.330
21 27 Vincent LONBOIS SUTER 2:05.845 9.209 4.199
22 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2:05.995 9.359 0.150

Moto2 times for Session 2 (4pm to 4:50pm):

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SCOT 1:55.280 0.000  
2 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 1:56.031 0.751 0.751
3 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH3 1:56.126 0.846 0.095
4 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 1:56.412 1.132 0.286
5 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 1:56.575 1.295 0.163
6 75 Mattia PASINI TSR 1:56.635 1.355 0.060
7 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 1:57.122 1.842 0.487
8 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 1:57.133 1.853 0.011
9 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1:57.171 1.891 0.038
10 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 1:57.393 2.113 0.222
11 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 1:57.661 2.381 0.268
12 3 Simone CORSI TSR 1:57.887 2.607 0.226
13 41 Arne TODE SUTER 1:58.065 2.785 0.178
14 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 1:58.066 2.786 0.001
15 59 Niccolo CANEPA SCOT 1:58.474 3.194 0.408
16 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 1:58.697 3.417 0.223
17 6 Alex DEBON FTR 1:59.114 3.834 0.417
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1:59.135 3.855 0.021
19 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 2:00.129 4.849 0.994
20 27 Vincent LONBOIS SUTER 2:01.452 6.172 1.323
21 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2:02.124 6.844 0.672
22 60 Julian SIMON RSV 5:39.799 44.519 37.675

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