2012 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 2 Times: Redding Smashes Moto2 Lap Record, Cortese Fastest Moto3

Testing continued today for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Valencia, with the temperatures proving a little more cooperative than Wednesday, helped along by the watery February sun. The morning chill remained, though, leaving the teams stuck inside the garages for much of the morning, the action only really getting underway around 11am. 

A little more temperature and an extra day of testing saw Scott Redding step the pace up even further: the Marc VDS rider was already under the official Moto2 race lap record on Wednsday, and on Thursday, he took another nine tenths of a second off his best time, smashing Toni Elias' pole record from back in 2010. Redding had company from Andrea Iannone on the second day of testing, with the Speed Master rider lapping the Valencia track just two tenths slower on his FTR Speed Up, and three tenths quicker than Claudio Corti on the Italtrans Kalex.

Where Kalex had dominated the show on Wednesday, the top of the timesheets was much more of a mixture: while Kalex had 5 bikes in the top 10, FTR had their Speed Up machine in 2nd, with Andrea Iannone aboard, while Corsi and Angel Rodriguez took 5th and 8th respectively for the British chassis build. Bradley Smith put his Tech 3 bike into 6th, nine tenths behind the Kalex of Redding.

Comparing times remains difficult, bearing in mind that the times are as reported by the teams. A further complication is the fact the Moto2 bikes are not running the official Moto2 engines - Geo Technology will only supply those at the IRTA Moto2 test at Jerez between March 19th and 21st - and there are therefore differences in engine tuning. Bradley Smith's 1'36.5 set with an engine ripped straight from a Honda CBR600RR is therefore all the more impressive, given that other riders - just who is riding exactly what is unknown - are on engines in more powerful Superstock and even Supersport trim.

In Moto3, KTM continue to dominate, plucking the fruits of the year of testing the Austrian factory has put in with test rider Joan Olive, as the Italian website InfoMoto3 pointed out. Sandro Cortese was once again the fastest Moto3 rider of the day, shaving another three tenths off his time from yesterday, ahead of the Aspar Kalex KTM of Alberto Moncayo, and Cortese's Red Bull Ajo teammate Danny Kent. Miguel Oliveira of the Estrella Galicia team was the first non-KTM, putting the Honda into 5th spot, ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Australian Jack Miller was 7th on another Honda, with Louis Rossi the first FTR Honda in 8th, ahead of Danny Webb on the Mahindra.

Testing continues on Friday, for the third and final day of the Moto2 and Moto3 test. With temperatures likely to drop once again, the morning looks set to be lost, but the teams will be hoping that bright sunshine will help warm up the track a little. Below are the unofficial times provided by the teams for the Moto2 and the Moto3 classes, provided courtesy of the Valencia Circuit website.


Unofficial Moto2 lap times, courtesy of the Valencia Circuit

No Rider Team Bike Time Diff Diff previous Total laps
45 SCOTT REDDING MARC VDS RACING TEAM KALEX 1:35.6     59
29 ANDREA IANNONE SPEED MASTER SPEED UP 1:35.8 0.2 0.2 40
71 CLAUDIO CORTI ITALTRANS RACING TEAM KALEX 1:36.1 0.5 0.3 48
12 THOMAS LUTHI INTERWETTEN PADDOCK SUTER 1:36.3 0.7 0.2 30
3 SIMONE CORSI IODARACING PROJECT FTR 1:36.3 0.7 0.0 30
38 BRADLEY SMITH TECH 3 RACING TECH 3 1:36.5 0.9 0.2 52
36 MIKA KALLIO MARC VDS RACING TEAM KALEX 1:36.6 1.0 0.1 54
47 ANGEL RODRIGUEZ SAG TEAM FTR 1:36.8 1.2 0.2 42
76 MAX NEUKIRCHNER KIEFER RACING KALEX 1:37.2 1.6 0.4 67
4 RANDY KRUMMENACHER GP TEAM SWITZERLAND KALEX 1:37.5 1.9 0.3 55
15 ALEX DE ANGELIS NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING SUTER 1:37.5 1.9 0.0 51
24 TONI ELIAS ASPAR TEAM Moto2 SUTER 1:37.6 2.0 0.1 59
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO SPEED UP SPEED UP 1:37.6 2.0 0.0 50
18 NICOLAS TEROL ASPAR TEAM Moto2 SUTER 1:37.7 2.1 0.1 60
5 JOHANN ZARCO JIR Moto2 MOTOBI 1:37.7 2.1 0.0 34
19 XAVIER SIMEON TECH 3 RACING TECH 3 1:37.7 2.1 0.0 62
8 GINO REA GRESINI RACING Moto2 MORIWAKI 1:37.8 2.2 0.1 50
30 TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI ITALTRANS RACING TEAM KALEX 1:37.8 2.2 0.0 66
72 YUKI TAKAHASHI NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING SUTER 1:37.9 2.3 0.1 57
7 ALEXANDER LUNDH MZ RACING TEAM MZ-RE HONDA 1:38.4 2.8 0.5 45
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER TECHNOMAG-CIP SUTER 1:38.4 2.8 0.0 67
14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT THAI HONDA GRESINI Moto2 MORIWAKI 1:38.6 3.0 0.2 61
95 DAMIAN CUDLIN QMMF RACING TEAM MORIWAKI 1:39.4 3.8 0.8 44
44 ROBERTO ROLFO TECHNOMAG-CIP SUTER 1:39.7 4.1 0.3 61
82 ELENA ROSELL QMMF RACING TEAM MORIWAKI 1:40.1 4.5 0.4 52
57 ERIC GRANADO JIR Moto2 MOTOBI 1:40.3 4.7 0.2 20
10 MARCO COLANDREA SAG TEAM FTR 1:42.3 6.7 2.0 19
60 JULIAN SIMON AVINTIA RACING Moto2 FTR no time provided
40 POL ESPARGARO PONS RACING KALEX no time provided
49 AXEL PONS PONS RACING KALEX no time provided
80 ESTEVE RABAT PONS RACING KALEX no time provided

Moto2 Lap record: Karel ABRAHAM 1'36.611 - 2010

 


Unofficial Moto3 lap times, courtesy of the Valencia Circuit

No Rider Team Bike Time Diff Diff previous Total laps
11 SANDRO CORTESE RED BULL KTM AJO KTM 1:41.3     52
23 ALBERTO MONCAYO ASPAR TEAM Moto3 KALEX KTM 1:41.4 0.1 0.1 42
52 DANNY KENT RED BULL KTM AJO KTM 1:41.5 0.2 0.1 56
55 HECTOR FAUBEL ASPAR TEAM Moto3 KALEX KTM 1:41.8 0.5 0.3 34
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA MONLAU COMPETICION HONDA 1:41.8 0.5 0.0 61
63 ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN AIRASIA - SIC - AJO KTM 1:42.4 1.1 0.6 33
8 JACK MILLER CARRETTA TECHNOLOGY HONDA 1:42.9 1.6 0.5 55
96 LOUIS ROSSI RACING TEAM GERMANY FTR HONDA 1:43.1 1.8 0.2 34
99 DANNY WEBB MAHINDRA RACING MAHINDRA 1:43.2 1.9 0.1 30
41 BRAD BINDER RW RACING GP KALEX KTM 1:43.3 2.0 0.1 41
27 NICCOLO ANTONELLI SAN CARLO GRESINI Moto3 HONDA 1:43.5 2.2 0.2 56
7 EFREN VAZQUEZ TEAM LAGLISSE HONDA 1:43.8 2.5 0.3 25
12 ALEX MARQUEZ MONLAU COMPETICION HONDA 1:44.5 3.2 0.7 44
61 ARTHUR SISSIS RED BULL KTM AJO KTM 1:44.5 3.2 0.0 55
9 TONI FINSTERBUSCH RACING TEAM GERMANY MZ-RE HONDA 1:44.8 3.5 0.3 33
26 ADRIAN MARTIN TEAM LAGLISSE HONDA 1:45.2 3.9 0.4 32
94 JONAS FOLGER MZ RACING TEAM MZ 1:45.3 4.0 0.1 67
10 ALEXIS MASBOU CARRETTA TECHNOLOGY HONDA 1:45.4 4.1 0.1 55
30 GIULIAN PEDONE AMBROGIO NEXT RACING ORAL 1:45.8 4.5 0.4 15
84 JAKUB KORNFEIL REDOX-ONGETTA-CENTRO SETA HONDA 1:46.3 5.0 0.5 44
25 MAVERICK VINALES AVINTIA RACING Moto3 FTR HONDA no time provided
3 LUIGI MORCIANO IODA TEAM ITALIA IODA no time provided
77 MARCEL SCHROTTER MAHINDRA RACING MAHINDRA no time provided
88 RICCARDO MORETTI MAHINDRA RACING MAHINDRA no time provided
53 JASPER IWEMA MOTO FGR FGR HONDA no time provided
32 ISAAC VINALES ONGETTA-CENTRO SETA HONDA no time provided
39 LUIS SALOM RW RACING GP KALEX KTM no time provided 31
5 ROMANO FENATI TEAM ITALIA FMI IODA no time provided
19 ALESSANDRO TONUCCI TEAM ITALIA FMI IODA no time provided
21 IVAN MORENO TEAM MACHADO FTR HONDA no time provided
51 KENTA FUJII TECHNOMAG-CIP-TSR HONDA no time provided
89 ALAN TECHER TECHNOMAG-CIP-TSR HONDA no time provided
31 NIKLAS AJO TT MOTION EVENTS RACING KTM no time provided

125cc Lap Record: Hector FAUBEL 1'39.38 - 2007

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