While the MotoGP riders have packed up and gone home (for some, in preparation for their private tests at Jerez or Sepang), the Moto2 and Moto3 riders have been down in Jerez getting their first taste of 2017. In good conditions, Taka Nakagami topped both days of testing, ending just ahead of Alex Marquez on Thursday. Marquez was a tenth quicker than Lorenzo Baldassarri, while Danny Kent was fourth quickest after his switch to Suter. Axel Pons ended the day in 5th, with new Moto2 arrivals RW Racing.
In the Moto3 class, it was Fabio Di Giannantonio who topped the timesheets, his gap to second place man Bo Bendsneyder exactly the same as Nakagami's to Marquez in Moto2. Bendsneyder was over a tenth of a second faster than third palce man Andrea Migno, while Moto3 returnee Romano Fenati showed he had lost none of his edge by ending in fourth.
Just how representative these times are remain to be seen. The Jerez circuit is always much faster and much grippier during testing, as it always takes place in February, March, and November. Track temperatures are always perfect for testing, while in the race, at the beginning of May, the southern sun raises track temperatures by 20 degrees or more, making the track extremely greasy and robbing it of grip.
Times at the end of Thursday:
|15||89||Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||1:44.124||1.844||0.368|
|16||47||Axel Bassani||Speed Up||1:44.526||2.246||0.402|
|1||4||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||1:46.995|