2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Final Moto2 Times - Morbidelli Leads Marc VDS 1-2

The Marc VDS Moto2 riders dominated the second day of testing, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez taking turns at the top of the timesheets. Morbidelli ended up with top honors, setting a fast time in the cool of the morning, when the track offers the most grip. Taka Nakagami ended the day in third, four tenths behind fastest man Morbidelli, while Fabio Quartararo impressed on his switch to Moto2.

Times were exceptionally tight behind the Marc VDS riders. From Quartararo in fourth to Axel Pons in tenth, there was a quarter of a second, each rider separated by just a few hundredths of a second. Though the timesheets were dominated by the Kalexes, both KTM and Suter made a good showing. 

The biggest difference was in the way the bikes handled the heat. While the Kalexes worked reasonably well in both conditions, the Suters were more adapted to the cold, and the KTM's better in the afternoon. Danny Kent spoke of being much happier with the Suter chassis, and praised its rear grip, though when track temperatures rise the grip at the front drops off and the extra rear grip of the Suter starts to push the front. Miguel Oliveira, on the other hand, was much more competitive in the afternoon, rather than the morning.

One possible explanation for the domination of the Marc VDS team is that they were given some new forks to try from Ohlins. With the Kalex chassis being stiffer this year, Ohlins are turning to material from a few seasons ago, which works better with the current stiffer chassis. Marquez and Morbidelli tested the new Ohlins forks on Thursday, while Luca Marini is set to try them on Friday. If the riders approve of the new forks, they will be available to the Moto2 teams running Ohlins from the Jerez race.

Times at the end of the second day of testing:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:42.301    
2 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.546 0.245 0.245
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.729 0.428 0.183
4 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:42.844 0.543 0.115
5 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.853 0.552 0.009
6 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.862 0.561 0.009
7 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:42.987 0.686 0.125
8 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:42.987 0.686 0.000
9 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.029 0.728 0.042
10 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.088 0.787 0.059
11 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.156 0.855 0.068
12 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.187 0.886 0.031
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:43.196 0.895 0.009
14 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:43.229 0.928 0.033
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.257 0.956 0.028
16 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.267 0.966 0.010
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.270 0.969 0.003
18 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:43.271 0.970 0.001
19 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.288 0.987 0.017
20 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.305 1.004 0.017
21 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:43.379 1.078 0.074
22 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.489 1.188 0.110
23 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:43.544 1.243 0.055
24 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:43.580 1.279 0.036
25 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:43.752 1.451 0.172
26 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:43.787 1.486 0.035
27 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:43.788 1.487 0.001
28 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:43.825 1.524 0.037
29 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:43.901 1.600 0.076
30 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:45.096 2.795 1.195
 
Session 5
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:43.137    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.341 0.204 0.204
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.507 0.370 0.166
4 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:43.515 0.378 0.008
5 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.591 0.454 0.076
6 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.614 0.477 0.023
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:43.645 0.508 0.031
8 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:43.681 0.544 0.036
9 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.821 0.684 0.140
10 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:43.883 0.746 0.062
11 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.977 0.840 0.094
12 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:44.060 0.923 0.083
13 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:44.097 0.960 0.037
14 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:44.148 1.011 0.051
15 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:44.164 1.027 0.016
16 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:44.273 1.136 0.109
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:44.330 1.193 0.057
18 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:44.415 1.278 0.085
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:44.497 1.360 0.082
20 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:44.639 1.502 0.142
21 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:44.650 1.513 0.011
22 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:44.691 1.554 0.041
23 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:44.696 1.559 0.005
24 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:44.948 1.811 0.252
25 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:45.091 1.954 0.143
26 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:45.235 2.098 0.144
27 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:45.247 2.110 0.012
28 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:45.260 2.123 0.013
29 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:45.483 2.346 0.223
30 49 Axel Pons Kalex      
 
Session 6
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.546    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.729 0.183 0.183
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:42.911 0.365 0.182
4 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1:42.913 0.367 0.002
5 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:42.987 0.441 0.074
6 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.082 0.536 0.095
7 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.156 0.610 0.074
8 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.164 0.618 0.008
9 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.187 0.641 0.023
10 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:43.229 0.683 0.042
11 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 1:43.271 0.725 0.042
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:43.273 0.727 0.002
13 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:43.379 0.833 0.106
14 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.406 0.860 0.027
15 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.498 0.952 0.092
16 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.518 0.972 0.020
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1:43.520 0.974 0.002
18 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:43.549 1.003 0.029
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1:43.569 1.023 0.020
20 52 Danny Kent Suter 1:43.648 1.102 0.079
21 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:43.752 1.206 0.104
22 27 Iker Lecuona Kalex 1:43.787 1.241 0.035
23 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.800 1.254 0.013
24 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:43.901 1.355 0.101
25 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1:44.059 1.513 0.158
26 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1:44.141 1.595 0.082
27 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1:44.188 1.642 0.047
28 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1:44.191 1.645 0.003
29 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1:45.186 2.640 0.995
30 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex      

 

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Comments

Somebody who knows -

Who designs/fabricates the Tech 3 and Speed Up chassis?

Bonus - who is talking about entry to Moto2? I hear Ducati Moto3 murmurs and thassit.

Thank you!
:)

Thanks for the updates David, if I'm not going crazy, I understand this test allows use of Supersport and other spec motors as they don't receive their sealed engines until later?

Has this had any effect on who is running where and on what motor?

Thanks as always...

Expect some strong showing from Quartararo and Oliviera. They've got heaps of talent and can definitely push for the top 6 places. It is good to see Moto2 is getting better by the day.

Very impressive performance by young Fabio. It's a big step graduating from Moto 3 to Moto 2, much more weight, much more power. A future star?