2013 Jerez Moto2 Test Day 4 Times: Espargaro Tops Timesheets As Test Ends

Pol Espargaro leaves the Jerez Moto2 test in the same position as he arrived here: as fastest, and as favorite. The Tuenti HP 40 rider had dominated all three dry days of practice, only ceding top spot on the soaking second day of the test. Espargaro's team mate Tito Rabat took second spot on the final day, just edging out the Mapfre Aspar pairing of Jordi Torres and Nico Terol.

With Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding electing to sit out the last day of testing, the Moto2 timesheets were no longer dominated by riders on Kalex. The two Mapfre men took 3rd and 4th on Suters, while NGM Forward's Simone Corsi took 5th spot on a Speed Up, ahead of young Frenchman Johann Zarco on the CAME IODA Suter. Ant West also put in a decent time, to get into the top 10, ending within a second of Espargaro, while Tech 3 rookie Danny Kent also posted a respectable time, getting within a second of Espargaro and grabbing 11th slot.

On the overall timesheet, the Kalex domination is as near complete as Espargaro's. The Spaniard's best time was nearly half a second quicker than the second fastest man over all four days, Takaaki Nakagami of Italtrans. Nakagami was in turn just a fraction quicker than his teammate Julian Simon, while Blusens rider Toni Elias took 4th, ahead of Scott Redding and Tito Rabat. Nico Terol was the first non-Kalex and the last man within a second of Espargaro, the Mapfre Aspar rider putting his Suter into 7th, eight tenths off the time of Espargaro.

While the Moto2 men pack away their machines to be shipped to Qatar for the season opener, the MotoGP trucks are arriving and setting up for their final test. After a day of preparation, at which the factory Yamaha team is set to unveil is official 2013 livery, the MotoGP riders start testing for three days on Saturday. The weather, which has largely been kind to the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, looks set to break, with temperatures dropping and rain expected for at least two of the three days.

Results from Day 4:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Pol Espargaro PONS KALEX 1:43.355    
2 80 Esteve Rabat PONS KALEX 1:43.701 0.346 0.346
3 81 Jordi Torres SUTER 1:43.706 0.351 0.005
4 18 Nicolas Terol SUTER 1:43.736 0.381 0.030
5 3 Simone Corsi SPEED UP 1:43.934 0.579 0.198
6 5 Johann Zarco SUTER 1:43.993 0.638 0.059
7 24 Toni Elias KALEX 1:44.010 0.655 0.017
8 36 Mika Kallio KALEX 1:44.081 0.726 0.071
9 95 Anthony West SPEED UP 1:44.310 0.955 0.229
10 77 Dominique Aegerter SUTER 1:44.344 0.989 0.034
11 52 Danny Kent TECH 3 1:44.350 0.995 0.006
12 19 Xavier Simeon KALEX 1:44.356 1.001 0.006
13 4 Randy Krummenacher SUTER 1:44.378 1.023 0.022
14 15 Alex De Angelis SPEED UP 1:44.448 1.093 0.070
15 49 Axel Pons PONS KALEX 1:44.519 1.164 0.071
16 54 Mattia Pasini SPEED UP 1:44.538 1.183 0.019
17 88 Ricky Cardus SPEED UP 1:44.683 1.328 0.145
18 11 Sandro Cortese KALEX 1:44.780 1.425 0.097
19 14 Ratthapark Wilairot SUTER 1:44.786 1.431 0.006
20 44 Steven Odendaal SPEED UP 1:44.848 1.493 0.062
21 63 Mike Di Meglio MOTOBI 1:45.038 1.683 0.190
22 72 Yuki Takahashi MORIWAKI 1:45.422 2.067 0.384
23 9 Kyle Smith KALEX 1:45.563 2.208 0.141
24 96 Louis Rossi TECH 3 1:45.872 2.517 0.309
25 23 Marcel Schrotter KALEX 1:45.996 2.641 0.124
26 17 Alberto Moncayo SPEED UP 1:46.410 3.055 0.414
27 33 Sergio Gadea SUTER 1:46.704 3.349 0.294
28 7 Doni Tata Pradita SUTER 1:46.787 3.432 0.083
29 97 Rafid Topan Sucipto SPEED UP 1:48.491 5.136 1.704

 

Overall times after all four days:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev In Session
1 40 Pol Espargaro PONS KALEX 1:42.636     Day 3 Sn. 2
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami KALEX 1:43.103 0.467 0.467 Day 3 Sn. 3
3 60 Julian Simon KALEX 1:43.188 0.552 0.085 Day 3 Sn. 2
4 24 Toni Elias KALEX 1:43.365 0.729 0.177 Day 1 Sn. 2
5 45 Scott Redding KALEX 1:43.372 0.736 0.007 Day 3 Sn. 2
6 80 Esteve Rabat PONS KALEX 1:43.424 0.788 0.052 Day 1 Sn. 2
7 18 Nicolas Terol SUTER 1:43.438 0.802 0.014 Day 3 Sn. 2
8 81 Jordi Torres SUTER 1:43.641 1.005 0.203 Day 3 Sn. 2
9 19 Xavier Simeon KALEX 1:43.720 1.084 0.079 Day 3 Sn. 3
10 36 Mika Kallio KALEX 1:43.774 1.138 0.054 Day 1 Sn. 2
11 77 Dominique Aegerter SUTER 1:43.800 1.164 0.026 Day 3 Sn. 3
12 49 Axel Pons PONS KALEX 1:43.861 1.225 0.061 Day 3 Sn. 2
13 15 Alex De Angelis SPEED UP 1:43.925 1.289 0.064 Day 1 Sn. 2
14 3 Simone Corsi SPEED UP 1:43.934 1.298 0.009 Day 4 Sn. 1
15 5 Johann Zarco SUTER 1:43.993 1.357 0.059 Day 4 Sn. 2
16 95 Anthony West SPEED UP 1:44.052 1.416 0.059 Day 3 Sn. 3
17 4 Randy Krummenacher SUTER 1:44.089 1.453 0.037 Day 3 Sn. 3
18 63 Mike Di Meglio MOTOBI 1:44.158 1.522 0.069 Day 3 Sn. 3
19 11 Sandro Cortese KALEX 1:44.276 1.640 0.118 Day 3 Sn. 2
20 52 Danny Kent TECH 3 1:44.350 1.714 0.074 Day 4 Sn. 2
21 14 Ratthapark Wilairot SUTER 1:44.456 1.820 0.106 Day 3 Sn. 3
22 54 Mattia Pasini SPEED UP 1:44.538 1.902 0.082 Day 4 Sn. 2
23 88 Ricky Cardus SPEED UP 1:44.572 1.936 0.034 Day 1 Sn. 2
24 72 Yuki Takahashi MORIWAKI 1:44.839 2.203 0.267 Day 3 Sn. 3
25 44 Steven Odendaal SPEED UP 1:44.848 2.212 0.009 Day 4 Sn. 1
26 23 Marcel Schrotter KALEX 1:44.905 2.269 0.057 Day 3 Sn. 2
27 96 Louis Rossi TECH 3 1:45.181 2.545 0.276 Day 3 Sn. 3
28 9 Kyle Smith KALEX 1:45.314 2.678 0.133 Day 1 Sn. 2
29 33 Sergio Gadea SUTER 1:46.041 3.405 0.727 Day 3 Sn. 1
30 97 Rafid Topan Sucipto SPEED UP 1:46.283 3.647 0.242 Day 3 Sn. 1
31 17 Alberto Moncayo SPEED UP 1:46.410 3.774 0.127 Day 4 Sn. 1
32 7 Doni Tata Pradita SUTER 1:46.649 4.013 0.239 Day 3 Sn. 2

 

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Does anyone know the level of the Tech3 bike this year? Has it taken a step closer to the Kalex/Suter machines in terms of chassis design, or did Danny Kent just ride the wheels off it today?

The chassis is getting better, closer to the Suters and Kalexes, and Danny Kent just did a stand-up job today. He's looking really good.