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.
|5||9||Jorge Navarro||Speed Up||1:42.196||0.672||0.205|
|14||62||Stefano Manzi||MV Agusta||1:42.743||1.219||0.071|
|16||21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Speed Up||1:42.812||1.288||0.030|
|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|