2018 Jerez February Test Wednesday Moto2 Times: Marquez Blasts To Moto2 Lap Record On Final Day

Alex Marquez has underlined his role as favorite for the 2018 Moto2 title by smashing the unofficial Moto2 lap record at Jerez on the final day of the test. The Marc VDS rider became the first man to lap the track in under 1'41 on a Moto2 machine, beating the official pole record by over a second.

Marquez' time put Pecco Bagnaia back into second place, after dominating the first two days of the test. The Sky VR46 rider still ended the day in second, as well as finishing the test as second overall after all three days. Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder took third place, beating his teammate Miguel Oliveira for the first time this test, but still eight tenths of a second slower than Marquez. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri ended the day in fourth, as well as finishing fourth overall. Xavi Vierge took fifth place, though he was a second slower than fastest man Marquez on the final day of the test. Miguel Oliveira was the second KTM rider, finishing in sixth, ahead of Hector Barbera and Sam Lowes.

The teams all now head back to their headquarters to absorb the data gathered. They will reconvene back in Jerez on March 6th for a three-day test together with the Moto3 teams. That test will also be the first at which the official Moto2 engines will be used.

Times from Day 3:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:40.926    
2 42 Pecco Bagnaia Kalex 1:41.260 0.334 0.334
3 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:41.725 0.799 0.465
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:41.840 0.914 0.115
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:41.960 1.034 0.120
6 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:41.982 1.056 0.022
7 40 Hector Barbera Kalex 1:42.083 1.157 0.101
8 22 Sam Lowes KTM 1:42.130 1.204 0.047
9 32 Isaac Vinales Kalex 1:42.130 1.204 0.000
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.135 1.209 0.005
11 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.205 1.279 0.070
12 36 Joan Mir Kalex 1:42.209 1.283 0.004
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.261 1.335 0.052
14 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:42.320 1.394 0.059
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:42.416 1.490 0.096
16 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:42.435 1.509 0.019
17 20 Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 1:42.475 1.549 0.040
18 64 Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 1:42.554 1.628 0.079
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:42.555 1.629 0.001
20 13 Romano Fenati Kalex 1:42.568 1.642 0.013
21 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:42.687 1.761 0.119
22 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:42.712 1.786 0.025
23 52 Danny Kent Speed Up 1:42.817 1.891 0.105
24 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:42.954 2.028 0.137
25 77 Dominique Aegerter KTM 1:43.051 2.125 0.097
26 51 Eric Granado Suter 1:43.220 2.294 0.169
27 95 Jules Danilo Kalex 1:43.701 2.775 0.481
28 21 Federico Fuligni Kalex 1:43.966 3.040 0.265
29 16 Joe Roberts NTS 1:44.019 3.093 0.053
30 62 Stefano Manzi Suter 1:44.645 3.719 0.626

Combined times from all three days:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:40.926     Day 3 Session 3
2 42 Pecco Bagnaia Kalex 1:41.260 0.334 0.334 Day 3 Session 3
3 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:41.725 0.799 0.465 Day 3 Session 3
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:41.840 0.914 0.115 Day 3 Session 2
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:41.960 1.034 0.120 Day 3 Session 3
6 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:41.982 1.056 0.022 Day 3 Session 2
7 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.014 1.088 0.032 Day 2 Session 2
8 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.053 1.127 0.039 Day 2 Session 3
9 40 Hector Barbera Kalex 1:42.083 1.157 0.030 Day 3 Session 2
10 22 Sam Lowes KTM 1:42.130 1.204 0.047 Day 3 Session 3
11 32 Isaac Vinales Kalex 1:42.130 1.204 0.000 Day 3 Session 3
12 36 Joan Mir Kalex 1:42.209 1.283 0.079 Day 3 Session 2
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.261 1.335 0.052 Day 3 Session 3
14 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:42.272 1.346 0.011 Day 2 Session 1
15 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:42.320 1.394 0.048 Day 3 Session 3
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:42.416 1.490 0.096 Day 3 Session 3
17 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:42.435 1.509 0.019 Day 3 Session 2
18 20 Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 1:42.475 1.549 0.040 Day 3 Session 3
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:42.518 1.592 0.043 Day 2 Session 3
20 52 Danny Kent Speed Up 1:42.527 1.601 0.009 Day 2 Session 1
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 1:42.554 1.628 0.027 Day 3 Session 3
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:42.555 1.629 0.001 Day 3 Session 3
23 13 Romano Fenati Kalex 1:42.568 1.642 0.013 Day 3 Session 2
24 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:42.687 1.761 0.119 Day 3 Session 3
25 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:42.954 2.028 0.267 Day 3 Session 3
26 77 Dominique Aegerter KTM 1:43.051 2.125 0.097 Day 3 Session 3
27 51 Eric Granado Suter 1:43.058 2.132 0.007 Day 2 Session 1
28 16 Joe Roberts NTS 1:43.474 2.548 0.416 Day 2 Session 1
29 95 Jules Danilo Kalex 1:43.701 2.775 0.227 Day 3 Session 3
30 21 Federico Fuligni Kalex 1:43.773 2.847 0.072 Day 2 Session 2
31 62 Stefano Manzi Suter 1:43.967 3.041 0.194 Day 2 Session 3

 

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If the official engines are being used March 6, what are they using now? 

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At the moment, teams are using their own engines. These are (obviously) all Honda CBR600RR engines, most are old Moto2 engines which have gotten through their allotted mileage. Some teams use their own engines in Superstock trim, which is very close in power and engine character to the official engines. The odd team will use a Supersport engine, but you only do that to give your rider confidence. The fast kids don't need a Supersport boost. 

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Same lap times as first quali in MotoGP in 2005 (second quali was in the wet). Moto2s are not slow ...

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Oops wrong article. Go Alex Marquez!

Good to see Remy Gardner steadily improving. I guess he likes the new surface better than the bumps. Go Tech 3.

Jerez is more of a handling/cornering track with some hard braking,rather than a top speed/horsepower track so Moto2 not so far off the pace of the big ones.

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