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Terol back on top as rain-hit Jerez kicks off second test

Terol back on top as rain-hit Jerez kicks off second test

As the Moto2™ grid was greeted by rain for its first day of testing at the Jerez circuit this week, it was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol who got out of the blocks quickest setting the fastest time ahead of Simone Corsi and Julián Simón.

A time of 1.53’831 saw the Valencian take charge on his Suter, with NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Corsi looking strong once again on his Speed Up machine less than two tenths behind. Italtrans Racing Team’s Simón was almost half a second down on the Italian, and the only one in the top three to post his time in the final session of the day.

Last test pace-setter Pol Espargaró put his Tuenti HP 40 Kalex in fourth just over two hundredths off Simón, closely pursued by Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding, who had led by the midway point. Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco, who last year made a reputation for himself as being quite handy in the wet, went sixth quickest on his new Suter, as he split Mika Kallio from his teammate.

NGM’s Ricky Cardús was the only other Speed Up machine inside the top ten, as he beat compatriots Jordi Torres on his Mapfre Aspar Suter and Esteve Rabat on his Pons Kalex. In 17th place, Tech 3 Racing’s Danny Kent was the fastest rookie of the day. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Yuki Takahashi was the only crasher of the day.

Despite wet weather hindering quality testing on performance upgrades, teams will have been using the opportunity to find the ideal wet weather set-up for their new machines.

Jerez Moto2™ Test - Day 1 Results

Moto2, 2013

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