2016 Jerez IRTA Test Moto2 Thursday Times: Pons Imposes His Will

Axel Pons posted a blistering time on Thursday morning to top the timesheets of the second day of Moto2 testing at Jerez, scorching to a lap of 1:41.730, over a second under the pole record set at the Spanish circuit by Stefan Bradl in 2011. Though times during testing are always considerably quicker than during the race weekend, owing to much lower track temperatures creating more grip, Pons' time remains deeply impressive. All the more so because it is nearly half a second quicker than the best time of Alex Rins, hot favorite for the 2016 Moto2 title. 

Dominique Aegerter ended the day in third, apparently fully recovered from the horrific crash he suffered at Aragon, where he damaged several vertebrae. Lorenzo Baldassari continues to impress on the Forward Kalex, taking fourth spot just a couple of thousandths behind Aegerter, while Axel Pons' teammate Jonas Folger ended the day in 5th.

Combined times for Thursday's Moto3 sessions:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:41.730    
2 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1:42.224 0.494 0.494
3 77 Domi Aegerter Kalex 1:42.323 0.593 0.099
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassari Kalex 1:42.325 0.595 0.002
5 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:42.388 0.658 0.063
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.530 0.800 0.142
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:42.547 0.817 0.017
8 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:42.589 0.859 0.042
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.604 0.874 0.015
10 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1:42.789 1.059 0.185
11 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:42.943 1.213 0.154
12 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:43.055 1.325 0.112
13 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1:43.116 1.386 0.061
14 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.132 1.402 0.016
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.155 1.425 0.023
16 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:43.217 1.487 0.062
17 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.238 1.508 0.021
18 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.329 1.599 0.091
19 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.474 1.744 0.145
20 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1:43.497 1.767 0.023
21 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:43.702 1.972 0.205
22 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:43.731 2.001 0.029
23 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:43.924 2.194 0.193
24 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:44.015 2.285 0.091
25 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1:44.076 2.346 0.061
26 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1:44.261 2.531 0.185
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.345 2.615 0.084
28 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1:44.812 3.082 0.467
29 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1:45.714 3.984 0.902
30 8 Efren Vazquez Suter 1:46.790 5.060 1.076

 

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Former teammate of Pons, Folger is riding with Cortese at Intact this year.