Jerez Moto2 Test Friday Times: Lowes Finishes Fastest, Kent Up To Speed Already

A few Moto2 and Moto3 riders stayed on for a final day of testing at Jerez on Friday, using the clear skies and good weather to put in a few more laps ahead of the 2016 season. Sam Lowes topped the timesheets on the final day of testing, though his advantage over Taka Nakagami was just a few hundredths of a second. Danny Kent made major steps forward on his second day on the Kalex Moto2 bike, getting within a quarter of his fellow countryman Lowes, and ahead of Moto2 veteran Luis Salom. Moto2 rookie Miguel Oliveira was over a second slower than his teammate, but still made good progress in his adaptation.

Lowes' time was impressive, but he still could not match the time set by Alex Rins on Thursday, Lowes coming up just under a tenth of a second short.

Times at the end of Friday from Jerez:

Pos No. Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex Moto2 1:42.432    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Moto2 1:42.500 0.068 0.068
3 52 Danny Kent Kalex Moto2 1:42.656 0.224 0.156
4 39 Luis Salom Kalex Moto2 1:42.762 0.330 0.106
5 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex Moto2 1:43.874 1.442 1.112
6 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex Moto2 1:44.017 1.585 0.143
7 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 Moto2 1:44.834 2.402 0.817
8 41 Brad Binder KTM Moto3 1:46.591 4.159 1.757
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM Moto3 1:47.818 5.386 1.227

Overall times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev  
1 40 Alex Rins Kalex Moto2 1:42.333     Thursday
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex Moto2 1:42.432 0.099 0.099 Friday
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Moto2 1:42.500 0.167 0.068 Friday
4 49 Axel Pons Kalex Moto2 1:42.574 0.241 0.074 Thursday
5 52 Danny Kent Kalex Moto2 1:42.656 0.323 0.082 Friday
6 39 Luis Salom Kalex Moto2 1:42.762 0.429 0.106 Friday
7 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up Moto2 1:42.868 0.535 0.106 Thursday
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex Moto2 1:42.976 0.643 0.108 Thursday
9 3 Simone Corsi Speed Up Moto2 1:43.041 0.708 0.065 Thursday
10 60 Julian Simon Speed Up Moto2 1:43.397 1.064 0.356 Thursday
11 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 Moto2 1:43.505 1.172 0.108 Thursday
12 57 Edgard Pons Kalex Moto2 1:43.540 1.207 0.035 Thursday
13 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex Moto2 1:43.874 1.541 0.334 Friday
14 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex Moto2 1:44.017 1.684 0.143 Friday
15 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 Moto2 1:44.636 2.303 0.619 Thursday
16 41 Brad Binder KTM Moto3 1:46.591 4.258 1.955 Friday
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM Moto3 1:47.818 5.485 1.227 Friday

Improvement during the test:

No Rider Bike Class Slowest Fastest Improvement
52 Danny Kent Kalex Moto2 1:44.166 1:42.656 -1.510
44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex Moto2 1:45.071 1:43.874 -1.197
39 Luis Salom Kalex Moto2 1:43.886 1:42.762 -1.124
23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex Moto2 1:43.852 1:42.976 -0.876
32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 Moto2 1:45.358 1:44.636 -0.722
30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Moto2 1:43.163 1:42.500 -0.663
19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up Moto2 1:43.523 1:42.868 -0.655
40 Alex Rins Kalex Moto2 1:42.921 1:42.333 -0.588
49 Axel Pons Kalex Moto2 1:43.154 1:42.574 -0.580
64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM Moto3 1:48.370 1:47.818 -0.552
57 Edgard Pons Kalex Moto2 1:44.014 1:43.540 -0.474
97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 Moto2 1:43.955 1:43.505 -0.450
41 Brad Binder KTM Moto3 1:47.033 1:46.591 -0.442
2 Jesko Raffin Kalex Moto2 1:44.415 1:44.017 -0.398
22 Sam Lowes Kalex Moto2 1:42.586 1:42.432 -0.154
2016
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Always liked Sam since his WSS days, The first race I saw him ride at Philip Island on a 600RR sold me on his talent. Both the brothers seem like really solid guys and and give great explanation of whats happening during interviews. Rooting for him again next season.

Looks like we have the real deal here folks. Only 0.3 off the fastest rider in Moto2 by the second day of testing? I don't want to get too excited, but it seems like the man who was dominated moto3 is back with a vengance. Extremely excited for this upcoming year.