2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Saturday Times: Marini Quickest As Rain Stops Second Session

Luca Marini finished the second day of testing for the Moto2 class on top of the timesheets, the Sky VR46 rider getting under the existing pole record in the morning session of practice. Sam Lowes, very happy to be back on a Kalex with the Gresini Team, was second, a quarter of a second slower than Marini, while Alex Marquez just pipped Remy Gardner for third. 

The riders only got one decent session in, as the rain started to fall shortly before the start of the afternoon session, and left the track wet all throughout the three hours allotted to them. With rain expected to fall on Sunday, the teams and riders will have had little time to adapt to the new bikes. 

So far, the Kalex seems to be the chassis to have. But Kalex cofounder Alex Baumgärtel struck a note of caution. "It's only the first test," he said. The other manufacturers would get it figured out, but being so strong at the start was a vindication of the work they have done at the start. 

KTM, on the other hand, appear to have some work left to do. The KTM Moto2 bike appears to have a tendency to chatter badly, making it quite hard to ride and be competitive on at the moment. Brad Binder was the fastest KTM rider, ending the session in 12th and nine tenths behind Marini, while the next fastest KTM rider was Lukas Tulovic in 20th. 

The switch to the Triumph engine is making a difference in other areas as well. More torque and different electronics is putting more of an emphasis on the tires, the bikes leaving more Dunlop rubber on the track. This may force Dunlop to speed up development of their Moto2 tires. The tire manufacturer already has an additional, larger profile rear tire at the Jerez test, to cope with the different demands of the Triumph Moto2 engines.

Testing will continue on Sunday, but poor weather is expected, with rain likely to keep the track wet all day. The test after that will be here in Jerez again, from 20th to the 22nd of February.


Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev  
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:41.524    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:41.792 0.268 0.268
3 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:41.901 0.377 0.109
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1:41.991 0.467 0.090
5 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:42.196 0.672 0.205
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.241 0.717 0.045
7 40 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:42.264 0.740 0.023
8 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:42.282 0.758 0.018
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:42.305 0.781 0.023
10 11 Nicolo Bulega Kalex 1:42.311 0.787 0.006
11 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:42.361 0.837 0.050
12 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:42.465 0.941 0.104
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:42.672 1.148 0.207
14 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1:42.743 1.219 0.071
15 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:42.782 1.258 0.039
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1:42.812 1.288 0.030
17 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1:42.875 1.351 0.063
18 4 Steven Odendaal NTS 1:42.880 1.356 0.005
19 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:42.888 1.364 0.008
20 3 Lukas Tulovic KTM 1:42.916 1.392 0.028
21 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1:43.012 1.488 0.096
22 77 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta 1:43.123 1.599 0.111
23 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1:43.505 1.981 0.382
24 72 Marco Bezzecchi KTM 1:43.652 2.128 0.147
25 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:43.653 2.129 0.001
26 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:43.900 2.376 0.247
27 96 Jake Dixon KTM 1:44.148 2.624 0.248
28 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1:44.207 2.683 0.059
29 18 Xavier Cardelus KTM 1:44.803 3.279 0.596
30 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1:45.097 3.573 0.294
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KTM Moto 2. Binder came from reigning M3 Champion to KTM M2 rookie in 2017 and bust his left arm up something horrible at his first M2 test which essentially sidelined him for much of the 2017 KTM / Honda 600 first season. Jorge Martin, similar, very similar KTM M2 test debut. That sucks. All the best to Jorge M and a quick recovery. Nice to see 'Slippery Sam' power delivery back in the mix with the pipe frame (KTM). Sentimental for sure. KTM do however have much to do. Their first test with the triple in the trellis looks pretty nondescript at best. I do believe that they will sort the M2 issues preetty quickly. MGP, I'm not so sure. They definitely must focus on securing championship competitiveness in M3 and M2 next year rather than lag behind in those classes to accomodate a wishfull MGP win in 2019. Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.

i suppose we are seeing already who dealt best with that top motor mount....would love to see some naked photos to see what they're upto under the skin.