2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Tuesday Times: Bagnaia Leads On Day Of Mixed Conditions

The final test for the Moto2 and Moto3 class is underway at Jerez, and for the Moto2 bikes, that means they are finally testing with the official Moto2 Honda engines. The weather has been a touch recalcitrant on Tuesday, the track sometimes dry, but light showers blowing in and out to render the track rather tricky. 

Rain or shine, Pecco Bagnaia is showing why he is a favorite for the 2018 season, the Sky VR46 rider leading the first day by a quarter of a second. Iker Lecuona is second, the Swiss Innovative Investors rider showing that the KTM is a competitive package in the chassis' second year in the class.

Romano Fenati had a good day, ending in third place just behind Lecuona but ahead of championship favorites Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Xavi Vierge is sixth, ahead of Luca Marini and Miguel Oliveira, while Sam Lowes was ninth fastest, over half a second behind Bagnaia.

Joan Mir is absent from the test. The Marc VDS rider injured his shoulder riding a motocross bike, and has chosen to sit out the test and wait for the season opener at Qatar in just over a week's time.

The test is scheduled for three days, though the weather forecast suggests that track action will be curtailed, especially on the final day.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 42 Pecco Bagnaia Kalex 1:42.443    
2 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:42.691 0.248 0.248
3 13 Romano Fenati Kalex 1:42.775 0.332 0.084
4 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.790 0.347 0.015
5 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:42.830 0.387 0.040
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:42.854 0.411 0.024
7 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.934 0.491 0.080
8 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.972 0.529 0.038
9 22 Sam Lowes KTM 1:43.011 0.568 0.039
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:43.219 0.776 0.208
11 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:43.243 0.800 0.024
12 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:43.356 0.913 0.113
13 40 Hector Barbera Kalex 1:43.374 0.931 0.018
14 52 Danny Kent Speed Up 1:43.448 1.005 0.074
15 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:43.496 1.053 0.048
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 1:43.533 1.090 0.037
17 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:43.552 1.109 0.019
18 16 Joe Roberts NTS 1:43.651 1.208 0.099
19 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:43.771 1.328 0.120
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 1:43.862 1.419 0.091
21 51 Eric Granado Suter 1:43.897 1.454 0.035
22 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.964 1.521 0.067
23 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:44.162 1.719 0.198
24 77 Dominique Aegerter KTM 1:44.460 2.017 0.298
25 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:44.542 2.099 0.082
26 62 Stefano Manzi Suter 1:44.550 2.107 0.008
27 95 Jules Danilo Kalex 1:45.198 2.755 0.648
28 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kalex 1:45.718 3.275 0.520
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So KTM is felding 5 bikes this season? Are they all under the factory banner? And who is Iker, I can't recall him being in Moto2 or Moto3 last year, where did he come from?

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Great to see Sam nowhere near the bottom of the timings and that his team mate is fast too.
Means that the bike isn't bad.
:O)

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