2013 Jerez Moto2 Test Day 1 Times: Elias Leads A Kalex Armada

Toni Elias has topped the first day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class, leading an armada of Kalexes at the top of the timesheet. Testing took place under blue skies, in stark contrast to both the weather expected for Tuesday, and the previous fog- and rain-affected test at the Jerez track back in February.

Elias ended ahead of the Tuenti HP 40 pairing of Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro, Rabat getting the better of his teammate for the first time in the dry this off-season, while Italtrans' Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon, and Marc VDS Racing's Mika Kallio followed close behind. Alex De Angelis was the first non-Kalex on the timesheet, the NGM Forward rider putting his Speed Up bike into 7th slot, ahead of a pair of Suters ridden by Nico Terol and Johann Zarco.

Times were a long way off ideal, though. Espargaro posted a time nearly a second faster at the track back in February, while Elias' best time is over half a second slower than Stefan Bradl's pole record from 2011. With Tuesday likely to be lost to rain, the last day and a half of testing on Wednesday and Thursday should provide a clearer picture of the Moto2 class.

This was also the first test the riders got to use the official 2013 Moto3 engines. Riders were allowed a maximum of 56 laps on the first day, before the Honda CBR600RR engines - prepared by the technical arm of the Motorland Aragon circuit, rather than Geo Tech, who had the contract until now - were crated up and shipped off to Qatar for the first race of the season on 7th April.

Results from Day 1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Toni Elias KALEX 1:43.365    
2 80 Esteve Rabat PONS KALEX 1:43.424 0.059 0.059
3 40 Pol Espargaro PONS KALEX 1:43.651 0.286 0.227
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami KALEX 1:43.664 0.299 0.013
5 60 Julian Simon KALEX 1:43.747 0.382 0.083
6 36 Mika Kallio KALEX 1:43.774 0.409 0.027
7 15 Alex De Angelis SPEED UP 1:43.925 0.560 0.151
8 18 Nicolas Terol SUTER 1:43.931 0.566 0.006
9 5 Johann Zarco SUTER 1:43.996 0.631 0.065
10 19 Xavier Simeon KALEX 1:44.029 0.664 0.033
11 45 Scott Redding KALEX 1:44.062 0.697 0.033
12 95 Anthony West SPEED UP 1:44.090 0.725 0.028
13 49 Axel Pons PONS KALEX 1:44.273 0.908 0.183
14 77 Dominique Aegerter SUTER 1:44.364 0.999 0.091
15 3 Simone Corsi SPEED UP 1:44.455 1.090 0.091
16 14 Ratthapark Wilairot SUTER 1:44.461 1.096 0.006
17 4 Randy Krummenacher SUTER 1:44.466 1.101 0.005
18 88 Ricky Cardus SPEED UP 1:44.572 1.207 0.106
19 52 Danny Kent TECH 3 1:44.894 1.529 0.322
20 11 Sandro Cortese KALEX 1:44.933 1.568 0.039
21 54 Mattia Pasini SPEED UP 1:45.101 1.736 0.168
22 72 Yuki Takahashi MORIWAKI 1:45.101 1.736 0.000
23 81 Jordi Torres SUTER 1:45.240 1.875 0.139
24 9 Kyle Smith KALEX 1:45.314 1.949 0.074
25 44 Steven Odendaal SPEED UP 1:45.656 2.291 0.342
26 23 Marcel Schrotter KALEX 1:45.660 2.295 0.004
27 96 Louis Rossi TECH 3 1:45.808 2.443 0.148
28 63 Mike Di Meglio MOTOBI 1:45.931 2.566 0.123
29 33 Sergio Gadea SUTER 1:46.858 3.493 0.927
30 7 Doni Tata Pradita SUTER 1:47.266 3.901 0.408
31 17 Alberto Moncayo SPEED UP 1:47.360 3.995 0.094
32 97 Rafid Topan Sucipto SPEED UP 1:47.682 4.317 0.322

 

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He has got to be the most mercurial rider ever. Amazing. I sincerely hope he can keep this pace up. It would be super cool for the first Moto2 champion to come back and do it again, especially considering what went on in the interim.

-jim

how come sito pons gets a chassis manufaturer credit? is ther a difference between his tema's chassis and the 'standard' chassis?

What will be the engine situation for the teams now that the official engines have been shipped of the Qatar?