2013 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 2 Times: Redding and Miller Quickest on a Soaking Track

The rain in Spain fell mainly along the southern coast on Tuesday, with very large quantities - the kind of torrential downpour that would rival Sepang - falling at the Circuito de Velocidad in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. With rain so heavy it reduced visibility to a few meters at times, the circuit endured a soaking that left standing water on the circuit for most of the day, forcing a late start and severely curtailing track time for both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes on the second day of the Jerez test.

Conditions improved a little towards the end of the day, a dry line starting to form, but with both Moto2 and Moto3 bikes on track at the same time, riders in both classes were more concerned about avoiding injury ahead of the season opener than they were with pushing for a very fast time. 

The wet weather brought out the best in English-speaking riders. In Moto2, Scott Redding topped the timesheets, the Marc VDS Racing rider already having perfected his wet set up the last time Moto2 was in Jerez back in February. Toni Elias followed in second slot, three tenths off the pace of Redding, while Dominique Aegerter, Mike di Meglio and the inevitable-in-the-wet Ant West rounded out the top five.

In the Moto3 class, a pair of FTR Hondas led the running, with Australia's Jack Miller leading young Scotsman John McPhee. The KTMs followed, Luis Salom beating Alex Rins, while another Australian, Arthur Sissis, too fifth spot. Championship favorite Maverick Viñales could manage only the 9th fastest time in the wet.

The appalling weather made many riders decide to skip the entire second day of testing. Only 19 of the Moto2 riders put in a lap, while 20 Moto3 bikes saw action at one time or another on the track. The weather is set to clear up for the last two days of testing, meaning that everyone should get another run out on Wednesday and Thursday, though the forecast for the MotoGP test, due to start on Saturday, appears to be worsening as the test approaches.

Moto2 results from Day 2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 45 Scott Redding KALEX 1:55.082    
2 24 Toni Elias KALEX 1:55.378 0.296 0.296
3 77 Dominique Aegerter SUTER 1:55.559 0.477 0.181
4 63 Mike Di Meglio MOTOBI 1:55.757 0.675 0.198
5 95 Anthony West SPEED UP 1:55.860 0.778 0.103
6 18 Nicolas Terol SUTER 1:55.937 0.855 0.077
7 36 Mika Kallio KALEX 1:56.081 0.999 0.144
8 97 Rafid Topan Sucipto SPEED UP 1:56.581 1.499 0.500
9 19 Xavier Simeon KALEX 1:56.734 1.652 0.153
10 23 Marcel Schrotter KALEX 1:57.008 1.926 0.274
11 14 Ratthapark Wilairot SUTER 1:57.208 2.126 0.200
12 44 Steven Odendaal SPEED UP 1:57.224 2.142 0.016
13 4 Randy Krummenacher SUTER 1:57.243 2.161 0.019
14 96 Louis Rossi TECH 3 1:57.420 2.338 0.177
15 52 Danny Kent TECH 3 1:57.484 2.402 0.064
16 81 Jordi Torres SUTER 1:57.689 2.607 0.205
17 7 Doni Tata Pradita SUTER 1:58.634 3.552 0.945
18 17 Alberto Moncayo SPEED UP 1:59.518 4.436 0.884
19 33 Sergio Gadea SUTER 2:02.038 6.956 2.520

 

Moto3 results from Day 2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 8 Jack Miller FTR HONDA 1:57.627    
2 17 John Mcphee FTR HONDA 1:57.801 0.174 0.174
3 39 Luis Salom KTM 1:57.963 0.336 0.162
4 42 Alex Rins KTM 1:58.765 1.138 0.802
5 61 Arthur Sissis KTM 1:58.796 1.169 0.031
6 84 Jakub Kornfeil KALEX KTM 1:58.968 1.341 0.172
7 41 Brad Binder SUTER HONDA 1:59.144 1.517 0.176
8 11 Livio Loi KALEX KTM 1:59.395 1.768 0.251
9 25 Maverick Viñales KTM 1:59.419 1.792 0.024
10 99 Danny Webb SUTER HONDA 1:59.588 1.961 0.169
11 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 1:59.615 1.988 0.027
12 53 Jasper Iwema KALEX KTM 1:59.620 1.993 0.005
13 3 Matteo Ferrari FTR HONDA 1:59.908 2.281 0.288
14 32 Isaac Viñales FTR HONDA 2:00.089 2.462 0.181
15 10 Alexis Masbou FTR HONDA 2:00.130 2.503 0.041
16 65 Philipp Oettl KALEX KTM 2:00.172 2.545 0.042
17 58 Juanfran Guevara TSR HONDA 2:00.818 3.191 0.646
18 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:01.004 3.377 0.186
19 89 Alan Techer TSR HONDA 2:01.988 4.361 0.984
20 31 Niklas Ajo KTM 2:02.043 4.416 0.055

 

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Comments

Have the teams been issued their engine allocation for this yezr or are these times being set on last years leftovers?

I'm sure the weather is probably responsible for the lack of differential between the best Moto3 times and those of Moto2, but it is a bit of an eye opener. At this track, in these conditions, the quickest guys in Moto3 are closer to the Moto2 front runners than the CRT bikes are to the factory kit all year!