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Moto2™ and Moto3™ enjoy improved Jerez weather

This week’s testing action has resumed at the Circuito de Jerez, with those contesting the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories seeing a return of blue skies and sunshine. Setting the pace in the first half of the day were expected title contenders Pol Espargaró for Tuenti HP 40 and Maverick Viñales for Team Calvo.

To the relief of all in attendance, conditions were significantly better from the start of the session. Moto2’s Yuki Takahashi was first out of the pits in order to sample the conditions, but he and the rest of the field soon decided it was better to wait for the track to dry; although no rain has fallen this morning, the copious amounts of yesterday had left perilous wet patches scattered around the circuit. Once the first lap times did come in, they were already comfortably inside the best of yesterday.

Wednesday brings with it a packed schedule, not least because this is the second and final full day of the week. Espargaró led the way on a lap time of 1’43.349, which is fractionally off one second from his best effort of the previous Jerez test. Takaaki Nakagami and Scott Redding completed the Moto2 top three for Italtrans Racing Team and Marc VDS Racing Team, respectively,

In Moto3, Alex Rins topped the timesheets for Estrella Galicia 0,0, until being demoted by Viñales by four and a half tenths; incidentally, the Spaniard is already two tenths inside his test-topping lap time of mid-February. Third this afternoon was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger and Moto3 will now become the first class to enjoy an hour of sole track time.

Testing will continue until 6pm local time (CET), with the two classes – having then each enjoyed track time of their own – reuniting for the final one hour and 50 minutes.

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Moto2, 2013

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