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Moto2 and 125cc Test concludes at Estoril

Moto2 and 125cc Test concludes at Estoril

The third and final day of the meeting at the Portuguese circuit was wrapped up on Thursday.

The third and final day of the Estoril Test may not have offered vastly improved conditions but there was some activity on track, as a determined Moto2 field tried to take what advantage they could of the meeting at the Portuguese track. By the close of play 22 riders from the intermediate category had managed to register lap times, as they salvaged something of the weather-affected gathering.

Amongst those able to get some laps in as sun interspersed with light rain showers continued to make long runs difficult were Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing), Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing), and the trio all registered the same best lap of 1’42.4 which saw them share the quickest time of the final day. Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2), Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing) and Mike di Meglio (Tech 3 Racing) were the other riders to get under 1’43.0.

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up), Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag CIP), Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), Marc Márquez (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol) – who celebrated his 18th birthday at the circuit – Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) were amongst those who also managed to post lap times on the final day. However, the fact that the wind refused to die down and that the track was slow to dry hindered any meaningful development work which had been planned from being completed.

One of the riders who opted against taking any risks was Andrea Iannone, and the Italian decided to forego any time on track on Thursday and instead wait for the Official Test at Jerez. That meeting takes place from March 4th-6th and will see the Moto2 class presented with their official engines.

In the 125cc class 15 riders posted lap times, with Andalucia Cajasol rider Miguel Oliveira the top of the timesheet with a 1’48.9, followed by Simone Grotzkyj (Worldwide Race), Sandro Cortese (Racing Team Germany), Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol) and Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport). The 125cc category will also be present at the Jerez Test next month, the last meet before the season opening race at Qatar on March 20th.

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Moto2, 2011

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