The sun came out, albeit a rather weak, wintery sun, for the second day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class, and all of the riders present finally got a chance to go out and put in some laps, rather than just the handful who braved the damp conditions on Wednesday. Fastest time of the day - and an unofficial lap record, beating the lap record set during the race in May by nine tenths of a second - was set by Julian Simon, the Mapfre Aspar rider setting out his stall for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship. Simon finished the day ahead of his fellow Spaniard Aleix Espargaro, the former MotoGP rider fast in just his second test on the Pons Kalex Moto2 machine.
Third quickest of the Moto2 pack was Marc VDS rider Scott Redding, but the test ended badly for the young Briton. Redding crashed heavily in the middle of the afternoon, highsiding off the Suter Moto2 machine in the final corner, able to walk back to the pits under his own steam. But after an inspection at the track medical center, Redding was sent to a local hospital for further inspection, where a scan revealed some minor damage to his lung. The British teenager is due to see a lung specialist tomorrow morning, and will remain in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure. Between his injury and the expected return of the rain tomorrow, Redding's debut on the Suter MotoGP bike looks to be off the cards again.
The BMW-powered Suter 1000cc MotoGP bike did get a decent workout today, in the hands of the Spanish CEV Moto2 champion Carmelo Morales and German IDM Supersport champ Damian Cudlin. The two riders spent all day working on chassis setup and electronics, Morales eventually lapping within three seconds of Karel Abraham on the Ducati MotoGP bike, and under five seconds of the fastest race lap set in May. Given the very early stage of development and more importantly, the very low state of tune of the BMW engine, those times are encouraging. When asked what state of tune the engine was in, Marc VDS press chief Ian Wheeler told MotoMatters.com it was roughly equivalent to a World Endurance spec engine, which is considerably down on power from World Superbike machines. As a comparison, the Endurance machines are around five seconds off the pace of the MotoGP machines at Qatar, unsurprising given their emphasis on reliability. As development on the Suter chassis and electronics proceeds, work will start on modifying the engine, bringing it much closer to a race spec. A faster engine should shave at least a second off the lap time, and work on the electronics should yield another couple of seconds, making the 2012 CRT machines a relatively competitive prospect. There's still a very long way to go, though.
The Jerez test also saw the debut of Marc Marquez on the Monlau Suter machine. The reigning 125cc World Champion spent the day working on getting used to a Moto2 machine, riding a 2010 spec Suter bike. Marquez adapted relatively well, ending the day four tenths behind his former 125cc rival Pol Espargaro, who has the advantage of a day testing at Valencia earlier this month. Espargaro was joined by what looks like being his 2011 teammate, Valentin Debise, the former Speed Up team looking likely to field a pair of FTR machines next season, rather than just the single bike they were expecting. Meanwhile, Giampiero Sacchi's Ioda Racing Moto2 team also got its first outing, Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini turning laps on their FTR Moto2 bikes, though no times were released.
The Suter was not the only MotoGP bike to turn laps: Alongside Karel Abraham - who had a big crash early in the afternoon, losing a couple of hours while the bike was rebuilt but still ending the day close to Jerez race pace - the Ducati test team were out, with Vito Guareschi and Franco Battaini out working on setup of the Desmosedici GP11. The testers were working almost exclusively on the front end of the machine, the part which Valentino Rossi had told the team was causing him so many problems at Valencia, and a known issue with Ducati's MotoGP bike. The team had no new parts to test, but were working solely on setup, mainly concentrating on weight distribution and bike geometry, to get more feel into the front end.
The most unusual attendees at the test were on BMWs, one a factory BMW World Superbike rider, and one the father of a factory BMW WSBK rider. Leon Haslam was joined at Jerez by his father, Grand Prix legend 'Rocket' Ron Haslam, and both men ran several laps, with son Leon suffering a minor crash early in the day. No times were released for the BMW World Superbike squad.