New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

The private Moto2 Test in Jerez ends

The private Moto2 Test in Jerez ends

Several teams took advantage of the excellent weather conditions to spend three days testing in Cadiz.

Three days of intense work until Friday at the private test in Jerez has enabled the participating teams from the intermediate category to make up for time lost in the recent Estoril test, which proved unproductive due to adverse weather conditions.

One of the most active riders on the Andalusian track was Marc Marquez, who over the three day test completed 165 laps at the helm of his Suter. The Catalunya Caixa Repsol rider completed his testing plan feeling very pleased with the progress of his bike. In yesterday's session he rode 55 laps with a time of 1.43.13, the best time from this test. Marquez lapped all three days under the pole time set by the late Shoya Tomizawa (1.44.372) in the race last year at this circuit.

Gresini Racing Moto2 riders, Yuki Takahashi and Michele Pirro, also took advantage of the excellent weather and track conditions until late on Friday. The duo from the Italian team achieved a high degree of confidence with the MD600 Moriwaki, whose development will be completed in the next and final official test, to be held at the same circuit on 4, 5 and 6 March.

Other teams, such as the Mapfre Aspar and Marc VDS Racing Team, decided to end their participation in the test early. Aspar riders Julian Simon and Xavi Fores said goodbye to Jerez on Thursday, at the end of the second day, with their work done and ready to conclude in a week’s time.

Simon completed 95 laps in two days of testing, using the time to focus on the best solutions for the turning of the Suter. The Spaniard had a best time of 1.43.10, two tenths faster than the first day and the fastest time among those provided by the teams.

Team-mate Xavi Forés did 106 laps in total during the test, preparing a chassis setup that allowed him to set a fast pace, gaining six tenths from on the first day, with a final time of 1.44.30.

Scott Redding and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) also ended their participation after the second day. The Briton had a good pace in both the opening day and Thursday, a day where he completed a race simulation and made progress in improving the rear suspension mount. Redding got a best time of 1.43.70, 0.3s. ahead of his new teammate, former MotoGP rider Mika Kallio. The Finn continued familiarising himself with the Suter MMXI machine which premieres this season and focused on doing long runs during the two days. In his last long run, Kallio matched the lap average of Redding, which greatly enhanced the confidence of the Marc VDS rider ahead of the last test of the preseason.

Tags:
Moto2, 2011, Marc VDS Racing Team, Gresini Racing Moto2, Bankia Aspar Team 125cc

Other updates you may be interested in ›