2012 IRTA Moto2 Jerez Test Day 2 Times - Luthi Still On Top, While Corti Leads Chasing Pack

Thomas Luthi continues to lead the Moto2 class at the IRTA test at Jerez, the Interwetten Paddock rider taking half a second off his best time from Monday to secure his spot at the top of the timesheets. Italtrans rider Claudio Corti leads Luthi's challengers, heading up a group of four riders separated by just over a tenth of a second. Marc Marquez once again confirmed his fitness, creeping up the timesheets into 3rd behind Corti and closing the gap to Luthi. Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding set the 4th fastest time, just edging ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Pons HP Tuenti machine.

Conditions on day 2 were a little trickier than on the first day, the wind causing problems for a number of riders. Redding and Marquez both took a tumble at turn 10, but both walked away unhurt. Andrea Iannone also blamed the wind for the problems he's been having, last year's title challenger ending the day down in 22nd on Tuesday, nearly two seconds off the pace of Luthi. Riders once again took an early break, as they reached the daily mileage limits on their engines, meaning the track did not see much action in the late afternoon.

The teams return for the final day of testing on Wednesday, before packing up and shipping out for the season opener at Qatar on April 8th.

Day 2 times, courtesy of MotoGP.com

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock Suter 1:42.158    
2 Claudio CORTI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:42.548 0.390 0.390
3 Marc MARQUEZ Team Catalunyacaixa Repsol Suter 1:42.557 0.399 0.009
4 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:42.638 0.480 0.081
5 Pol ESPARGARO Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:42.656 0.498 0.018
6 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:42.881 0.723 0.225
7 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:42.891 0.733 0.010
8 Bradley SMITH Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:43.012 0.854 0.121
9 Julian SIMON Avintia Racing Moto2 FTR 1:43.037 0.879 0.025
10 Esteve RABAT Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:43.076 0.918 0.039
11 Toni ELIAS Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:43.112 0.954 0.036
12 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1:43.147 0.989 0.035
13 Randy KRUMMENACHER GP Team Switzerland Kalex 1:43.389 1.231 0.242
14 Gino REA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:43.486 1.328 0.097
15 Max NEUKIRCHNER Kiefer Racing Kalex 1:43.611 1.453 0.125
16 Yuki TAKAHASHI NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1:43.653 1.495 0.042
17 Angel RODRIGUEZ Desguaces La Torre SAG FTR 1:43.702 1.544 0.049
18 Mike DI MEGLIO Speed Master Speed Up Speed Up 1:43.711 1.553 0.009
19 Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:43.796 1.638 0.085
20 Simone CORSI Ioda Racing Project FTR 1:43.862 1.704 0.066
21 Johann ZARCO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:43.943 1.785 0.081
22 Andrea IANNONE Speed Master Speed Up 1:44.038 1.880 0.095
23 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:44.066 1.908 0.028
24 Ratthapark WILAIROT Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:44.260 2.102 0.194
25 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag-CIP Suter 1:44.264 2.106 0.004
26 Axel PONS Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:44.666 2.508 0.402
27 Roberto ROLFO Italian Technomag-CIP Suter 1:44.721 2.563 0.055
28 Ricky CARDUS Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 1:44.765 2.607 0.044
29 Damian CUDLIN QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 1:45.248 3.090 0.483
30 Eric GRANADO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:45.349 3.191 0.101
31 Alexander LUNDH Cresto Guide MZ Racing FTR 1:45.357 3.199 0.008
32 Marco COLANDREA SAG Team FTR 1:45.482 3.324 0.125
33 Elena ROSELL QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 1:46.542 4.384 1.060

 

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Ridiculous that they're having to cut short their testing so they don't put too many miles on an engine because they have to race with at Qatar. Why don't they have testing engines separate from the race engines? One engine for pre-season testing on top of the yearly allotment isn't going to tip the teams over into financial ruin.