2017 Jerez IRTA Test Wednesday Moto2 Times: Oliveira Ends First Day On Top

Miguel Oliveira ended the first day of the IRTA test on top of the timesheets, setting a time in the second session of the day which nobody could match. Oliveira's time is nearly a tenth quicker than the Moto2 pole record at Jerez, currently held by Sam Lowes.

Taka Nakagami was fast all day, topping the first and third sessions, but ending behind Oliveira in the middle of the day. Mattia Pasini was third fastest, ahead of an impressive Luca Marini, while Franco Morbidelli brought up the tail end of the Italian trio. Pasini was over a third of a second slower than Nakagami, however, and half a second off the best time of Oliveira.

Moto2 times from Wednesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.316    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.503 0.187 0.187
3 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.842 0.526 0.339
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.040 0.724 0.198
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.045 0.729 0.005
6 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.068 0.752 0.023
7 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.075 0.759 0.007
8 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.094 0.778 0.019
9 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.292 0.976 0.198
10 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.299 0.983 0.007
11 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.367 1.051 0.068
12 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.481 1.165 0.114
13 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.486 1.170 0.005
14 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:43.536 1.220 0.050
15 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.570 1.254 0.034
16 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.576 1.260 0.006
17 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:43.579 1.263 0.003
18 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.593 1.277 0.014
19 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.630 1.314 0.037
20 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.632 1.316 0.002
21 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.646 1.330 0.014
22 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:43.871 1.555 0.225
23 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:43.891 1.575 0.020
24 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:43.954 1.638 0.063
25 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:44.008 1.692 0.054
26 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:44.014 1.698 0.006
27 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:44.212 1.896 0.198
28 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:44.283 1.967 0.071
29 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:44.382 2.066 0.099
30 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:44.713 2.397 0.331
 
Session 3
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.858    
2 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.112 0.254 0.254
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.202 0.344 0.090
4 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.299 0.441 0.097
5 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.402 0.544 0.103
6 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.429 0.571 0.027
7 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:43.536 0.678 0.107
8 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.549 0.691 0.013
9 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:43.559 0.701 0.010
10 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:43.579 0.721 0.020
11 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.600 0.742 0.021
12 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.630 0.772 0.030
13 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.633 0.775 0.003
14 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.707 0.849 0.074
15 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.724 0.866 0.017
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.823 0.965 0.099
17 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.877 1.019 0.054
18 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.906 1.048 0.029
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:43.954 1.096 0.048
20 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:44.008 1.150 0.054
21 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:44.037 1.179 0.029
22 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:44.060 1.202 0.023
23 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:44.154 1.296 0.094
24 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:44.212 1.354 0.058
25 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:44.283 1.425 0.071
26 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:44.302 1.444 0.019
27 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:44.382 1.524 0.080
28 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:44.385 1.527 0.003
29 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:44.409 1.551 0.024
30 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:45.162 2.304 0.753
 
Session 2
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.316    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.045 0.729 0.729
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.113 0.797 0.068
4 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.169 0.853 0.056
5 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.292 0.976 0.123
6 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.302 0.986 0.010
7 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.367 1.051 0.065
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:43.425 1.109 0.058
9 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.518 1.202 0.093
10 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.576 1.260 0.058
11 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.591 1.275 0.015
12 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.632 1.316 0.041
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.637 1.321 0.005
14 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:43.646 1.330 0.009
15 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:43.839 1.523 0.193
16 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.850 1.534 0.011
17 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:43.878 1.562 0.028
18 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.886 1.570 0.008
19 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:43.891 1.575 0.005
20 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.975 1.659 0.084
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:44.073 1.757 0.098
22 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:44.085 1.769 0.012
23 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:44.189 1.873 0.104
24 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:44.202 1.886 0.013
25 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:44.375 2.059 0.173
26 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:44.442 2.126 0.067
27 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:44.651 2.335 0.209
28 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:44.713 2.397 0.062
29 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:44.846 2.530 0.133
30 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:45.090 2.774 0.244
 
Session 1
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.503    
2 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.731 0.228 0.228
3 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.842 0.339 0.111
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.040 0.537 0.198
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.068 0.565 0.028
6 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.075 0.572 0.007
7 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.094 0.591 0.019
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.228 0.725 0.134
9 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.481 0.978 0.253
10 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.486 0.983 0.005
11 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.570 1.067 0.084
12 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.593 1.090 0.023
13 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.744 1.241 0.151
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:43.871 1.368 0.127
15 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.925 1.422 0.054
16 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:43.989 1.486 0.064
17 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:44.014 1.511 0.025
18 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:44.061 1.558 0.047
19 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:44.081 1.578 0.020
20 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:44.199 1.696 0.118
21 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:44.222 1.719 0.023
22 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:44.446 1.943 0.224
23 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:44.559 2.056 0.113
24 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:44.628 2.125 0.069
25 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:44.796 2.293 0.168
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:44.855 2.352 0.059
27 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:44.969 2.466 0.114
28 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:45.164 2.661 0.195
29 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:45.550 3.047 0.386
30 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:46.141 3.638 0.591

 

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It takes quite a lot for Oliveira to get some attention from this website. After a absolutely brilliant season in Moto3 in 2015 in which he should had nailed the title if it he hadn't suffered a hand injury that made him loose Brno. Kent was definitely no match for him in the second half of the season. Then last season, with both of them in the same team, and Oliveira being a rookie (Kent already had completed a season in moto2 before being moto3 champion), Oliveira kept being close or even beating his teammate several times. 

Despite all of the above you never have considered him a title contender, highlighting Morbidelli, showing way more attention and optimism to Binder (which while being Oliveira's teammate never matched him) for his rookie year in moto2 than was ever shown to Mig44.

Please fix this David, I can't understand why you make him so invisible in your chronicles.
In any case, if this season goes as I expect, you'll have no choice but aknowledging his existence. 

For the past couple of years, I have had my eye on Oliveira, but always ran out of time at night before I managed to get to him. Oliveira is definitely one of the most impressive riders in the paddock, and I expect to write a lot more about him this year. The only reason I don't have him as a top favorite for the Moto2 title is because he is on a KTM, and this is their first year as a Moto2 manufacturer. I suspect there will be one or two tracks where the bike simply won't work, for some reason or another, and that will make it tough for Oliveira to actually win a title.

But he I definitely expect him to be a factor in the championship, and I certainly expect him to be on the podium at least, with a very good chance of being on the top step a couple of times. Exceptional rider. 

KTM as a newbie in Moto2 is a big unknown factor when considering Oliveira as a title contender, even though I rate KTM's racing efforts extremly highly and expect them to do well. But based purely on rider ability, he should definitely be in the mix. And going by karma, if you believe in such a thing, nothing would be sweeter to me than Miguel finally getting a deserved championship this year. I have closely followed his career ever since he destroyed the field as a wildcard rider in the Red Bull Rookies and all too often since then he narrowly lost out on titles despite being the superior rider. Be it through wrong team choices, developing machines for others' successes or cheer bad luck - his obvious talent and hard work was never quite enough to fully pay off, like it did for some of his rivals who, in contrast to him, were always at the right place at the right time to snatch away the spotlight. Personally, I hope like the above commenter that this season won't give people a choice but to recognize him for the amazing rider he is.

(Also, unrelated, one of the most inspiring people off track.)