At the end of the three days of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez, Forward Racing's Claudio Corti comes away at the top of the timesheets. The Italian, riding a Suter for the former Hayate team ended the final day as the fastest rider, just a fraction ahead of the time Toni Elias set on Saturday. Elias himself dominated much of the test, but a nasty crash in the final session saw the Gresini rider forced off track between turns 1 and 2 when a much slower 125cc rider blocked Elias' line, leaving him no choice but to hit the deck. Elias was immediately flown back to his hometown of Barcelona to undergo medical examination and and treatment if necessary. Elias has a suspected fracture of his left hand, as well as heavy bruising to his left hand and left foot. The Gresini rider is expected to be fit enough to race in the season opener at Qatar.
Third fastest rider of the day - and the test - was Karel Abraham, the Czech rider pushing his Cardion AB RSV to within a quarter of a second of Corti's time. But unlike Corti and Elias, Abraham's lap time came as a one-off, and not as part of a consistent run of pace. Abraham finished ahead of Scott Redding, the British rider showing solid progression the Marc VDS Racing Suter after setting a quick time yesterday. Jack&Jones Banderas rider Kenny Noyes was out of the top three for the first time at Jerez, a broken metacarpal in his right hand requiring four painkilling injections from the Clinica Mobile to be able to ride. Despite his injury Noyes took his Harris-framed Moto2 machine to the fifth spot on the timesheets, less than four tenths off Corti's best time of the test. Reigning 125 World Champion Julian Simon ended the test in 6th place, having a couple of hundredths behind Noyes and a couple of hundredths ahead of Yonny Hernandez, the Colombian rider for Blusens.
The three days of testing have confirmed just how close this class looks likely to be. Less than a second separates Corti in first from Roberto Rolfo, all the way down in 16th, and two seconds cover some 31 riders. But the test has also shown the importance of four-stroke experience, especially experience on a production machine. Of the top 10 riders at Jerez, half have spent time racing production bikes: Corti was a force in Superstock 1000, Noyes and Hernandez were at the sharp end of the Spanish CEV championships, Ant West spent a year in World Supersport, and Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi has worked closely with HRC racing their CBR1000RR in the Suzuka 8 hour race. Of the riders without four-stroke experience, Scott Redding and especially Julian Simon have been most impressive, Simon being quick almost every time he's been out on the bike. The list of favorites in Moto2 is long, and probably fairly meaningless. Anyone could win the inaugural Moto2 race at Qatar, and anyone winning more than one race could easily end up champion.
|12||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||SCOT||1:44.624||0.580||0.009|
|23||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||RSV||1:45.550||1.506||0.023|
|26||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||TECH3||1:45.641||1.597||0.003|