Day 2 of Private Moto2 and Moto3 Test at Valencia: Zarco Dominates, Navarro and Fenati Lead

The final day of testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Valencia took place under significantly better weather conditions than the first day did, with no time lost to rain.

In the Moto2 class, Johann Zarco continued unopposed, lapping on a soft tire half a second under Pol Espargaro's pole record from 2013. Zarco was focused on suspension set up for the 2016 Kalex, working primarily with the harder tire, but still managed a record lap on the softer rubber. Jonas Folger ended the day in second, half a second off the pace of Zarco, also on a soft tire, while Xavi Vierge put in an impressive time on the Tech 3 machine, which has received a major update for the 2016 season.

Miguel Oliveira beat his Leopard Racing teammate Danny Kent on Friday, the Portuguese rider making a big step forward, while Kent suffered a fast crash between turns 7 and 8, the front washing out at 200 km/h, according to his crew chief Peter Bom. Kent was lucky to walk away largely unhurt, with only a some minor pain in his arm as a reminder.

In the Moto3 class, it was Jorge Navarro who as fastest, the Estrella Galicia rider building on his strong year in 2015 to show real promise in 2016. Romano Fenati ended the day on the same time as Navarro, the pair matching the race lap record for the Valencia circuit. Niccolo Bulega took third spot, the Italian rookie once again impressive in early testing, beating Yesterday's fastest man Brad Binder, and rookie Joan Mir. Malaysian youngster Khairul Idham Pawi tied Mir fo fifth, and ended ahead of Enea Bastianini.

The teams all pack up now and head down to Jerez, where testing continues for another two days from Sunday.

Unofficial times, as reported to the Valencia Circuit:

Moto2

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:34.5    
2 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:35.0 0.5 0.5
3 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:35.5 1.0 0.5
4 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1:35.6 1.1 0.1
5 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:35.8 1.3 0.2
6 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1:36.0 1.5 0.2
7 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1:36.9 2.4 0.9

Moto3

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1:39.4    
1 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1:39.4 0.0 0.0
3 8 Niccolo Bulega KTM 1:39.6 0.2 0.2
4 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:39.8 0.4 0.2
5 36 Joan Mir KTM 1:40.0 0.6 0.2
5 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1:40.0 0.6 0.0
7 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1:40.2 0.8 0.2
7 11 Livio Loi Honda 1:40.2 0.8 0.0
9 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1:40.3 0.9 0.1
10 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1:40.4 1.0 0.1
11 19 Gabi Rodrigo KTM 1:40.5 1.1 0.1
12 4 Fabio di Giannantonio Honda 1:40.7 1.3 0.2
12 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 1:40.7 1.3 0.0
12 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1:40.7 1.3 0.0
15 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1:40.8 1.4 0.1
15 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 1:40.8 1.4 0.0
15 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1:40.8 1.4 0.0
18 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 1:41.0 1.6 0.2
19 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1:41.5 2.1 0.5
NC 23 Niccolo Antonelli Honda      

 

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Comments

Too bad he wasn't there. I figure it's between him and Zarco for the championship. Wouldn't mind seeing the Frenchman repeat.