After a brief few days of rest, the Moto2 and Moto3 riders returned to action, this time heading further south to Jerez after last week's test at Valencia. At the end of the first day, unofficial timing saw Thomas Luthi fastest in the Moto2 class, while Danny Kent took the unofficial honors in Moto3.
The trek south helped with the track conditions, with the temperatures climbing a good deal above those at Valencia, despite a chilly start to the day which left most of the riders confined to their garages until well after 10:30am. Once testing got underway, the order established at Valencia was once again reaffirmed, with the Kalexes proving to be the bike to beat in Moto2, with a smattering of other fast riders on Suters and FTRs joining the fray. The day saw Thom Luthi officially on top, ahead of the Italtrans bikes of Claudio Corti and Takaaki Nakagami, while the Marc VDS riders Mika Kallio and Scott Redding were on the pace of Nakagami. Andrea Iannone was just a fraction off Redding's pace on the FTR Speed Up, while former Spanish champion Angel Rodriquez set the joint 7th fastest time, along with Alex de Angelis and Bradley Smith. Marc Marquez was once again absent, the Catalunya CX rider still not 100% recovered from his eye injury sustained at Sepang last year.
In the Moto3 class, the KTMs continued to dominate, with Red Bull Ajo's Danny Kent topping the unofficial timesheets, finishing ahead of Alberto Moncayo of the Aspar team, while Sandro Cortese, the man who dominated at Valencia, was eight tenths off the time of Kent. Miguel Oliveira was the first non-KTM rider in 4th, matching the time of Cortese.
As was the case at Valencia, the times need to be taken with an unhealthy dose of salt. No official timing is being provided, as the 2012 Moto2 official engines are not yet available, and so teams are running with different levels of engine tuning. A significant section of the Moto2 paddock is using engines provided by GEO Technology, but Bradley Smith is once again using a standard CBR600 engine from a roadbike, and other teams are using whatever they happen to have available to them. In Moto3, only the KTMs are using the spec Dell'Orto ECU, as development continues on the other engines. With no official transponders on the bikes, the teams are the only source of timing, and the lap times being provided may contain an element of spin, being either faster or slower depending on the requirements of the team, and how much information they wish to give to their competitors.
|6||Andrea Iannone||Speed Up||1:43.7||0.7||0.1|
|8||Alex De Angelis||Suter||1:43.8||0.8||0.0|
|9||Bradley Smith||Tech 3||1:43.8||0.8||0.0|
|13||Mike Di Meglio||Speed Up||1:44.2||1.2||0.0|
|14||Xavier Simeon||Tech 3||1:44.2||1.2||0.0|
|Pol Espargaro||Kalex||No time given|
|Julian Simon||FTR||No time given|
|Esteve Rabat||Kalex||No time given|
|Axel Pons||Kalex||No time given|
Race lap record: 2010 - Toni Elias - 1'44.71
Pole lap record: 2011 - Stefan Bradl - 1'42.706
|Maverick Vinales||FTR Honda||No time given|
125 race lap record: 2009 - Julian Simon - 1'47.057
125 pole lap record: 2010 - Marc Marquez - 1'46.829