Espargaró ends Jerez test on top

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaró has completed this week’s three-day Jerez Moto2™ test quickest, courtesy of his best lap time from Wednesday. As rain and fog returned on Thursday, the conditions sealed second and third places overall for Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding.

Espargaró’s pace very much suggests that the Catalan rider is a firm favourite for the title this year, having also topped the Valencia test session last week. On this occasion, the 21-year-old led the way by just under three tenths of a second, posting a best effort of 1:42.332.

Thursday again saw the Moto2™ field both sharing the circuit with their Moto3™ siblings as well as having separate track time. The day’s best lap came from Nicolas Terol and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, but drawing direct comparisons with rivals was all but impossible because of the mixed conditions. Terol had also topped the timesheets on Tuesday, this time on a day which was wet for the duration, with a personal best lap well over ten seconds slower than Espargaró's fastest dry representation.

A brief weather improvement brought false hope today, as showers returned in the closing stages and as few as two riders registered a time. This leaves Italtrans’ Julián Simon and the aforementioned Terol fourth and fifth overall, ahead of the second Tuenti HP 40 bike of Esteve Rabat. The top ten is completed by Terol’s teammate Jordi Torres, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio, Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter.

Moto2™ testing continues at Jerez from 18-21 March, for what will be the final pre-season gathering before the MotoGP™ community reunites in Qatar.

Moto2™ Jerez Test - Timesheets

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