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Last Moto2/125cc Test is on the go at Jerez

Last Moto2/125cc Test is on the go at Jerez

The riders have all taken to the track on the first day of the final Official pre-season Test, and it is Toni Elías (Moto2) and Marc Márquez (125cc) who have set the fastest times so far.

With only two weeks until the start of the season in Qatar and preparations rapidly progressing, the first day of the final pre-season Moto2/125cc Test is underway at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Fine weather has met the riders and has permitted competitive lap times to be registered in the opening hours of Saturday, with the conditions forecast to remain good for all three days.

The day started with a group photo of the 40 riders from the new intermediate class and the 27 in the eighth-litre category, and the joint session began at 10am local time – solo runs for both classes are scheduled for later in the day, with Sunday and Monday to follow the same format.

By 1.30pm local time today Toni Elías was the quickest Moto2 rider around the track. The Gresini Racing man is the only rider so far who has improved on his time from the only dry day of the previous Test at the track – he posted a 1’44.577, shaving an impressive 0.447s off his best lap from three weeks ago.

Following on the timesheet were three riders who have consistently timed well in these pre-season Tests; Alex de Angelis (Scot Racing) in third, Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas) fourth and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki) fifth. Of interest was the placing of Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) in second and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Race Technology Dept.) in sixth.

In the 125cc field, Marc Márquez has led the pace in the two previous Official Tests and the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider was again at the forefront. The Spaniard’s time of 1’47.956 maintained his Championship form, ahead of Bradley Smith, Nico Terol (both Bancaja Aspar), and Pol Espargaró (Bainet Derbi).

There was one fall in the morning in the Moto2 class as Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) went down at turn nine, without injury. In the 125cc class there were two; Randy Krummenacher (STIPA-Molenaar Racing GP) and Sturla Fagerhaug (AirAsia - Sepang International Circuit Team) at turn 13.

Moto2, 2010

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