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Moto2 pre-season concludes at Jerez

Moto2 pre-season concludes at Jerez

Claudio Corti is the pace setter in the final Official pre-season Test at Jerez, Toni Elías is strong throughout despite a fall at the last minute, and Karel Abraham is a surprise as he makes up the top three riders on the timesheet.

The Moto2 category finished its on-track preparations for the season at the Jerez circuit today, leaving observers to take stock of the new intermediate class before the start of the season. The riders will now next meet for the opening practice session in Qatar on April 9th when the season gets underway, and Monday – the third and final of three days at Jerez – provided some significant developments.

The main one of those was Claudio Corti’s arrival in the leading group of contenders. The Italian of the Forward Racing team, who had already performed well in the two previous Tests at Valencia and Jerez, took a major step forward in his progress throughout the three days at the circuit.

Limited in his ability to register a competitive time on the first day by a problem with his front fork (he was 18th on the sheet with a time of 1’45.741), Corti went just under the 1’45” mark on day two before posting a blistering time of 1’44.044 on Monday to set the fastest time of the entire Test. All this was achieved despite a lingering injury to his left ankle.

“We are ahead and now people will expect a lot of me – I have almost placed myself in a trap!” said Corti. “We will go to Qatar with the intention of doing well even though we don’t know the track entirely. Now we leave Jerez satisfied with the lap times as well as the race pace.”

Toni Elías, the quickest rider of the opening day, was unable to improve in the following sessions but his best time was still only 0.033s off the reference point set by Corti. The Gresini Racing rider, who on Sunday expressed his approval of the performance of the new parts which had arrived for his Moriwaki chassis from Japan, ended the Test on a slightly less happy note with a fall. The Spaniard, in trying to avoid a slower moving rider, hit the asphalt and has today returned to Barcelona to undergo a medical assessment of an injury to his left hand.

Third place in the overall times for the Test went to Karel Abraham, who also made a vast improvement across the three days. The Cardion AB Motoracing rider bettered his lap time by more than two seconds from day one. Abraham placed ahead of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas), who were fourth and fifth fastest respectively.

Julián Simón’s work on his RSV paid off as the Mapfre Aspar man finished the Test in sixth spot, at 0.406s off Corti. Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) was seventh with his time from day one, and Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), Anthony West (MZ Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing) completed the top ten times in the combined classification.

You can see the combined Moto2 results from all three days by clicking here.

Moto2, 2010

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