2016 Jerez IRTA Test Moto2 Friday Times: Lowes Takes Charge, Pons Leaves as Fastest

Sam Lowes has ended the final day of testing for the Moto2 class on top of the pile, the Gresini rider edging out Italian Lorenzo Baldassari by just under a tenth of a second. Lowes was not just fast over a single lap, he also put in a very impressive stint of laps during a half-distance race simulation. Overall, Lowes showed outstanding pace, lapping consistently in the 1'42s.

Forward Racing's Lorenzo Baldassari took second spot, but could not match the consistency of pace shown by Lowes. Alex Rins ended the day in third, also putting in some impressive long stints, clearly ready for the 2016 season. Takaaki Nakagami finished the final day in fourth, three tenths behind Lowes, and a tenth ahead of the two German riders, Jonas Folger and Sandro Cortese.

Lowes' time was fast, but not quick enough to beat Axel Pons' time from Thursday, and so the AGR rider leaves the test as quickest overall. Lowes is second, Baldassari third and Rins fourth overall. Tom Luthi grabbed fifth spot overall, finishing ahead of Domi Aegerter.

Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco had a tough test, struggling with set up on new tires. He leaves the test as fourteenth overall, two places behind current Moto3 champion and Moto2 returnee Danny Kent.

The Moto2 and Moto3 classes return to the track one more time, for a three day test at Qatar from 11-13 March.

Times from Friday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:42.075    
2 7 Lorenzo Baldassari Kalex 1:42.174 0.099 0.099
3 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1:42.186 0.111 0.012
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.372 0.297 0.186
5 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:42.484 0.409 0.112
6 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:42.497 0.422 0.013
7 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:42.695 0.620 0.198
8 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:42.795 0.720 0.100
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.857 0.782 0.062
10 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1:42.874 0.799 0.017
11 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.953 0.878 0.079
12 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:43.025 0.950 0.072
13 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.068 0.993 0.043
14 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1:43.186 1.111 0.118
15 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.191 1.116 0.005
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.244 1.169 0.053
17 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.485 1.410 0.241
18 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.505 1.430 0.020
19 77 Domi Aegerter Kalex 1:43.591 1.516 0.086
20 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:43.794 1.719 0.203
21 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1:43.808 1.733 0.014
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.102 2.027 0.294
23 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1:44.516 2.441 0.414
24 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1:44.666 2.591 0.150
25 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1:44.885 2.810 0.219
26 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:44.951 2.876 0.066
27 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:45.039 2.964 0.088
28 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1:46.168 4.093 1.129
29 8 Efren Vazquez Suter 1:46.628 4.553 0.460

 

Combined times over all three days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Day
1 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:41.730     Thursday
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:42.075 0.345 0.345 Friday
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassari Kalex 1:42.174 0.444 0.099 Friday
4 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1:42.186 0.456 0.012 Friday
5 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:42.271 0.541 0.085 Wednesday
6 77 Domi Aegerter Kalex 1:42.323 0.593 0.052 Thursday
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.372 0.642 0.049 Friday
8 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:42.388 0.658 0.016 Thursday
9 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:42.497 0.767 0.109 Friday
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.530 0.800 0.033 Thursday
11 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:42.695 0.965 0.165 Friday
12 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1:42.789 1.059 0.094 Thursday
13 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:42.943 1.213 0.154 Thursday
14 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:42.952 1.222 0.009 Wednesday
15 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.953 1.223 0.001 Friday
16 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1:43.116 1.386 0.163 Thursday
17 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.132 1.402 0.016 Thursday
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.155 1.425 0.023 Thursday
19 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.238 1.508 0.083 Thursday
20 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.329 1.599 0.091 Thursday
21 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:43.351 1.621 0.022 Wednesday
22 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1:43.497 1.767 0.146 Thursday
23 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1:43.620 1.890 0.123 Wednesday
24 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:43.731 2.001 0.111 Thursday
25 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:43.924 2.194 0.193 Thursday
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.102 2.372 0.178 Friday
27 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1:44.261 2.531 0.159 Thursday
28 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1:44.338 2.608 0.077 Wednesday
29 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1:45.714 3.984 1.376 Thursday
30 8 Efren Vazquez Suter 1:46.628 4.898 0.914 Friday

 

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