2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Wednesday Times: Lowes On Top As KTM Take Top Three

Sam Lowes has topped the second day of the Moto2 test at Jerez, the Swiss Innovative Investors KTM rider borne by newly refound confidence to get under the pole record at the Andalusian track.

Lowes' teammate Iker Lecuona ended the day in second, the young Spaniard showing a good turn of pace once again, and finishing ahead of the factory-backed Red Bull KTM of Brad Binder in third. 

Pecco Bagnaia is the first Kalex, matching the time of Binder on the Sky VR46 Racing Kalex, less than two tenths behind Lowes, working through a program to adapt to the Ohlins suspension the team is running this year. Xavi Vierge was fifth fastest on the Dynavolt Intact Kalex, three tenths behind Lowes and just ahead of Alex Marquez on the Marc VDS Kalex. Romano Fenati was seventh quickest, ahead of the second factory KTM of Miguel Oliveira.

The final session of Moto2 practice was disrupted due to spots of rain, and the final day of testing looks to be a wet affair. Most teams will run a shortened program tomorrow if they are met with a wet track, packing up to get ready for the first race of the season in just 10 days time.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes KTM 1:41.823    
2 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:41.960 0.137 0.137
3 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:42.011 0.188 0.051
4 42 Pecco Bagnaia Kalex 1:42.011 0.188 0.000
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:42.127 0.304 0.116
6 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 1:42.161 0.338 0.034
7 13 Romano Fenati Kalex 1:42.368 0.545 0.207
8 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:42.395 0.572 0.027
9 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1:42.402 0.579 0.007
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:42.472 0.649 0.070
11 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:42.498 0.675 0.026
12 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:42.521 0.698 0.023
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 1:42.528 0.705 0.007
14 52 Danny Kent Speed Up 1:42.589 0.766 0.061
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.639 0.816 0.050
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 1:42.654 0.831 0.015
17 16 Joe Roberts NTS 1:42.703 0.880 0.049
18 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1:42.742 0.919 0.039
19 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:42.780 0.957 0.038
20 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:42.810 0.987 0.030
21 40 Hector Barbera Kalex 1:42.998 1.175 0.188
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:43.030 1.207 0.032
23 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:43.145 1.322 0.115
24 77 Dominique Aegerter KTM 1:43.233 1.410 0.088
25 51 Eric Granado Suter 1:43.312 1.489 0.079
26 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.428 1.605 0.116
27 62 Stefano Manzi Suter 1:43.725 1.902 0.297
28 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kalex 1:44.476 2.653 0.751
29 95 Jules Danilo Kalex 1:44.621 2.798 0.145
30 21 Federico Fuligni Kalex 1:45.123 3.300 0.502
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I think I've said this a couple of times already but: Brad qualifies better than he tests, and races better than he qualifies, so bring it on Brad!

I am definitely speaking too early since neither Oliveira nor Binder are in MotoGP, but Aki ajo and KTM sure have demonstraited a good support structure with these two so far.

They have a remarkable talent in retaining the loyalty of their riders while advancing them at the same time.

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What happened to Joan Mir?

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...and he's not fit for the test. I don't think they announce anything broken though so he should be there for the first race. 

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Super great to see Sam up to speed and confident.
Really looking forward to Moto2 this season too..

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