2014 Moto2 Jerez Test Day 1, Final: Rabat Takes Top From Luthi

In the Moto2 class at Jerez, battle was rejoined once again by the two strongest men of the season so far, with Marc VDS Racing's Tito Rabat coming out on top this time. Like Jack Miller in Moto3, Rabat was on record pace, just a few hundredths off the pole record set by Stefan Bradl in 2011. Tom Luthi was forced to settle for 2nd, despite having led for a good part of the day, ending a quarter of a second behind the Spaniard, and a third of a second ahead of Rabat's teammate Mika Kallio. 

Sam Lowes continues to make a strong debut in the Moto2 class, ending the day as 4th fastest, just ahead of the other impressive rookie Maverick Viñales, while Takaaki Nakagami was 6th, just behind Viñales. The two Mapfre Aspar riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres, so fast at Valencia, were well down the order at Jerez, Terol 17th and 1.6 seconds down, Torres all the way back in 30th.

After missing the first test in Valencia, the Forward team of Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini finally took to the track at Jerez. As the team had promised, they were riding bikes branded as 'Forward KLX', the Kalex machines used by Toni Elias and Kyle Smith in 2013, bikes described by one engineer as 'dented scrap', according to the German website Speedweek. Corsi still managed to take the bike to 9th spot, just over a second behind Rabat.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Session
1 53 Esteve Rabat Kalex 1:42.747     Session 3
2 12 Thomas Luthi Suter 1:42.989 0.242 0.242 Session 3
3 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 1:43.320 0.573 0.331 Session 3
4 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 1:43.449 0.702 0.129 Session 2
5 40 Maverick Viñales Kalex 1:43.544 0.797 0.095 Session 3
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:43.570 0.823 0.026 Session 2
7 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:43.634 0.887 0.064 Session 3
8 60 Julian Simon Kalex 1:43.695 0.948 0.061 Session 3
9 3 Simone Corsi Forward Klx 1:43.748 1.001 0.053 Session 2
10 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:43.793 1.046 0.045 Session 3
11 15 Alex De Angelis Suter 1:43.841 1.094 0.048 Session 3
12 95 Anthony West Speed Up 1:44.178 1.431 0.337 Session 2
13 19 Xavier Simeon Suter 1:44.226 1.479 0.048 Session 3
14 5 Johann Zarco Caterham Suter 1:44.283 1.536 0.057 Session 2
15 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:44.338 1.591 0.055 Session 3
16 54 Mattia Pasini Forward Klx 1:44.348 1.601 0.010 Session 2
17 18 Nico Terol Suter 1:44.394 1.647 0.046 Session 3
18 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:44.412 1.665 0.018 Session 3
19 92 Alex Mariñelarena Tech 3 1:44.499 1.752 0.087 Session 3
20 96 Louis Rossi Kalex 1:44.518 1.771 0.019 Session 3
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.553 1.806 0.035 Session 3
22 4 Randy Krummenacher Suter 1:44.596 1.849 0.043 Session 3
23 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:44.601 1.854 0.005 Session 3
24 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:44.617 1.870 0.016 Session 3
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Suter 1:44.912 2.165 0.295 Session 3
26 2 Josh Herrin Caterham Suter 1:44.951 2.204 0.039 Session 3
27 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 1:45.112 2.365 0.161 Session 3
28 97 Roman Ramos Speed Up 1:45.209 2.462 0.097 Session 3
29 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 1:45.298 2.551 0.089 Session 3
30 81 Jordi Torres Suter 1:45.743 2.996 0.445 Session 2
31 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 1:46.027 3.280 0.284 Session 3
32 45 Tetsuta Nagashima TSR 1:46.378 3.631 0.351 Session 3
33 70 Robin Mulhauser Suter 1:46.770 4.023 0.392 Session 2

 

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Is FTR going to issue a retraction to their press release saying "All is good?"

as bad as last year though, sure theres a bunch of Kalex up at the front but the Mapfre riders are doing well and same with Luthi. I don't think its gonna be a Kalex clean sweep this year as much as last.