2015 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 1 Times: Zarco Edges Lowes, Viñales Beats Antonelli

After being rained off last week, the Moto2 and Moto3 classes have been met with slightly better weather at Jerez, on the first of three days testing there. Though the day started cold, and strong winds battered the riders in the first sessions, conditions improved as the day went on, ending up pretty close to as good as might be expected at this time of year.

In the Moto2 class, Johann Zarco once again showed his form, the Frenchman topping the timesheets in Jerez just as he had at Valencia. Sam Lowes was also on song, ending the day in 2nd, just a tenth behind Zarco. In third spot, Alex Rins continues to make a major impact, the rookie finishing ahead of his teammate Luis Salom just as he did at Valencia. Reigning champion Tito Rabat set the 6th fastest time, suffering a crash at the end of the day, though he walked away unhurt. Rabat's teammate Alex Marquez is taking longer to adapt to Moto2 than his former teammate Rins, Marquez ending the day in 18th, 1.7 seconds behind Zarco.

In Moto3, the day belonged to Isaac Viñales, who shot to the top of the timesheets at the end of the session, as a flurry of riders all put in fast laps. Viñales edged ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati, who had swapped the lead for most of the final session, while Jorge Martin just poked ahead of Fabio Quartararo in the last minutes. Quartararo continues to impress, though he is far from dominating at Jerez, as he did in Valencia. With a new rev limit in Moto3 this year, all three manufacturers have work to do, the timesheets showing a good mix of manufacturers.

Testing continues for the next two days, with the weather looking likely to cooperate for most of the test. There is a chance of rain on Wednesday, but the men and women of Moto2 and Moto3 should all see some track time tomorrow.

Moto2 times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:42.817    
2 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 1:42.929 0.112 0.112
3 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1:43.088 0.271 0.159
4 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:43.110 0.293 0.022
5 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:43.298 0.481 0.188
6 1 Tito Rabat Kalex 1:43.311 0.494 0.013
7 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 1:43.615 0.798 0.304
8 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:43.681 0.864 0.066
9 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.699 0.882 0.018
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.732 0.915 0.033
11 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:43.748 0.931 0.016
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:43.927 1.110 0.179
13 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:43.948 1.131 0.021
14 3 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:44.050 1.233 0.102
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 1:44.149 1.332 0.099
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:44.189 1.372 0.040
17 95 Anthony West Speed Up 1:44.274 1.457 0.085
18 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:44.538 1.721 0.264
19 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 1:44.705 1.888 0.167
20 96 Louis Rossi Tech 3 1:44.816 1.999 0.111
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.949 2.132 0.133
22 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:45.164 2.347 0.215
23 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 1:45.311 2.494 0.147
24 88 Ricky Cardus Tech 3 1:45.587 2.770 0.276
25 66 Florian Alt Suter 1:45.641 2.824 0.054
26 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 1:45.741 2.924 0.100
27 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 1:45.914 3.097 0.173
28 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1:46.662 3.845 0.748
29 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:47.387 4.570 0.725

Moto3 times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 32 Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 1:46.817    
2 23 Niccolo Antonelli Honda 1:46.868 0.051 0.051
3 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:47.082 0.265 0.214
4 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1:47.123 0.306 0.041
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1:47.195 0.378 0.072
6 52 Danny Kent Honda 1:47.353 0.536 0.158
7 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:47.666 0.849 0.313
8 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1:48.017 1.200 0.351
9 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1:48.026 1.209 0.009
10 11 Livio Loi Honda 1:48.204 1.387 0.178
11 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1:48.285 1.468 0.081
12 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 1:48.294 1.477 0.009
13 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1:48.343 1.526 0.049
14 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1:48.372 1.555 0.029
15 17 John Mcphee Honda 1:48.387 1.570 0.015
16 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1:48.600 1.783 0.213
17 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:48.605 1.788 0.005
18 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1:48.632 1.815 0.027
19 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1:48.792 1.975 0.160
20 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 1:48.830 2.013 0.038
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1:49.033 2.216 0.203
22 31 Niklas Ajo KTM 1:49.188 2.371 0.155
23 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 1:49.228 2.411 0.040
24 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 1:49.479 2.662 0.251
25 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1:49.525 2.708 0.046
26 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1:49.561 2.744 0.036
27 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1:49.574 2.757 0.013
28 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1:49.622 2.805 0.048
29 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 1:50.152 3.335 0.530
30 40 Daryn Binder Mahindra 1:50.573 3.756 0.421
31 12 Mateo Ferrari Mahindra 1:50.853 4.036 0.280

 

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I disagree. Moto2 this year is about as interesting to me as the old 250cc class was. That is to say not at all. I don't like spec series in grand prix.

I think you meant Lowes ended "the day in 2nd, just a tenth behind ZARCO." Unless Lowes did indeed finish behind himself :)

Thanks, you are absolutely correct. Though of course, Sam is one of a pair of twins, so it is theoretically possible... ;-)

I am blown away by Lowes.

Yes I am aware that testing should not be taken too much into consideration, but it sometimes is a good indicative of something.

Now, the lad has been inconsistent, granted, but I was of the opinion that it has more to do with the chassis than with the man himself. When I heard that he was to remain with Speed Up i sighed.

Unfortunately those who arive from the production series are looked upon as the underdogs, with the exception of Spies who was welcomed with high expectations. Underperform and sometimes you get a quick boot, but, seeing how this time is really near the pole time of 2014, I say well done!

I'm sure the man himself had a big role in it, seeing how he is almost a whole second faster than last year, but it seems that Speed Up, has indeed stepped up. (Excuse my pun)

I am not impressed by the younger brother Marquez so far.

As for Moto3, Quartararo is just astonishing as far as testing is concerned.

Yes I realize that he knows the tracks and the bike, but nevertheless, most don't perform instantly.

I think Moto3 will be the most interesting class, between Binder, Fenati, Quartararo, Bastianini, Kent and others, one can't simply choose a favorite.

Oh man I hate the off season...