Jerez Moto2 Test: Nakagami Tops Moto2 Test, Di Giannantonio Quickest In Moto3

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:

Moto2
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.280    
2 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.302 0.022 0.022
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:42.413 0.133 0.111
4 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:42.633 0.353 0.220
5 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:42.698 0.418 0.065
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.780 0.500 0.082
7 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:42.863 0.583 0.083
8 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:42.954 0.674 0.091
9 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:43.151 0.871 0.197
10 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:43.265 0.985 0.114
11 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:43.308 1.028 0.043
12 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.346 1.066 0.038
13 68 Yonny Hernández Kalex 1:43.350 1.070 0.004
14 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.756 1.476 0.406
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
17 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:44.923 2.643 0.397
18 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1:45.142 2.862 0.219
 
Moto3
1 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1:46.995    
2 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1:47.017 0.022 0.022
3 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1:47.150 0.155 0.133
4 105 Romano Fenati Honda 1:47.157 0.162 0.007
5 88 Jorge Martín Honda 1:47.188 0.193 0.031
6 144 Arón Canet Honda 1:47.321 0.326 0.133
7 53 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 1:47.503 0.508 0.182
8 12 Albert Arenas Mahindra 1:47.563 0.568 0.060
9 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1:47.612 0.617 0.049
10 23 Niccoló Antonelli KTM 1:47.628 0.633 0.016
11 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1:48.318 1.323 0.690

 

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Everyone is excited about what 2017 brings to the motogp class, but I am equally thrilled with moto2. Four of the top dogs have moved onto motogp, leaving a huge vacuumm in moto2. This should make for some brilliant racing next year, with a lot of first timer race wins. Between Marquez (who hopefully doesn't reprise his role of a crash test dummy), Morbedelli and Nakagami, I except a fantastic three way fight. If Kent and Oliviera makes a better showing next year, that would be a sweet bonus. Moto2 was like a chess match this year, with all sorts of twists and surprises. I for one hope that it continues that way.

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No Binder?

Moto2 is starting to find some interesting talents and personalities in the past couple of years. Hope all the rookies do well.

Total votes: 58

Quiet, thoughtful and devastatingly fast - the next Dovi?

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Completely missed the part where Fenati found a ride. After some digging discovered Ongetta was even pursuing him during the season. Will be curious to see how that shakes out.

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