Jerez Private Moto2 Test - Dry Last Day Sees Nakagami Under Lap Record

The private test for a number of Moto2 teams at Jerez turned into a washout for the first two days, with only KTM's MotoGP bike circulating in the hands of test riders Alex Hofmann and Mika Kallio. Fortunately for the teams, the track dried on Saturday, allowing the teams present to go out. Not everyone who rode was fitted with a transponder, meaning some names are missing from the timesheets, most notably Alex Marquez. Though the KTM MotoGP bike was once again circulating, the RC16 was also not fitted with a transponder, and so no times are available for the bike.

Takaaki Nakagami ended the day as fastest, and well under the circuit lap record at Jerez. The Japanese rider has always gone well at the Jerez track, but even so, his time gives reason for optimism. Sam Lowes was second fastest on the Gresini Kalex, lapping just over the pole record, a solid day's work under his belt. Forward Racing's Lorenzo Baldassari was third fastest, three quarters of a second off the pace of Nakagami, while Marc VDS new signing Franco Morbidelli got off to a flying start, lapping 1.1 seconds slower than the Japanese rider.

The teams pack up temporarily now, a large group of Moto2 and Moto3 teams returning for a two-day test at the track on the 23rd and 24th February. The full list of entries for that test can be found in a PDF document on the Circuito de Jerez website. After that, the full field of Moto2 and Moto3 gather in Jerez from 2nd to 4th Marc for the final official test before the season starts in Qatar.

Times, from the Circuito de Jerez live timing website:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.584    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:42.901 0.317 0.317
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:43.362 0.778 0.461
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.712 1.128 0.350
5 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1:44.308 1.724 0.596
6 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:44.796 2.212 0.488
7 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:44.885 2.301 0.089
8 100 Luigi Morciano Kalex 1:45.826 3.242 0.941
9 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1:48.053 5.469 2.227


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I believe Morciano is a temporary rider. As far as I know, rider numbers are limited to two digits in MotoGP. 

is it me or Nakagami's performance has not been the same since they removed his non-permitted air filter.. I think it was?
went from almost winning several times to almost mid field.. maybe confidence issue?
I hope he gets his mojo back.. so he can be considered once again for the motogp jump, honda would for sure back him up if he steps up his game