Moto2™ and Moto3™ head to Jerez for round two

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Following a three-day test for both the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes in Valencia last week, both grids descend on the Jerez circuit on Southern Spain tomorrow for their second outing in 2013.

All teams will be hoping for good conditions, as they struggled last week with high winds and cool track temperatures for two out of the three days. Nonetheless the majority of outfits reported they had progressed sufficiently to take their pre-season testing to the next stage in the three days in Jerez.

In Moto2™ it will be Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaró who will be hoping to lead the field once more, as he tests evolutionary parts on his Kalex bike to prepare for his title assault. The same will go for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol and Jordi Torres, who announced themselves as key contenders last week. Part of their task will be evaluating their 2013 Suter against last year’s model, as they look to find the ideal solution for the season.

But the likes of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding, Italtrans Racing Team’s Julián Simón and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi will also be key contenders as they continue adapting to their new or updated bikes, whilst rookies such as Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese and Tech 3 Racing duo Danny Kent and Louis Rossi will value more track time for adaptation. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi will sadly not take part due to breaking his right arm and shoulder in a crash at the test last week.

For Moto3™ it will be a similar story, as JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Maverick Viñales will hope to confirm himself as favourite ahead of the season, with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom looking to challenge on the same machinery. For Caretta Technology-RTG’s John McPhee it will be not only a test to verify his pace in the FTR Honda, but also a test to see if the machine can challenge the dominant KTMs. San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati will be doing the same, whilst Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger is set to mix things up on his Kalex KTM.

It will also be another opportunity for the newbies to the class to get a run out, with JHK’s Ana Carrasco looking impressive as she mixes it up with her male counterparts, and with Marc VDS’ youngster Livio Loi seeking to affirm his high pace at the Jerez track. Kiefer Racing’s Florian Alt, who missed the majority of the Valencia test due to sickness, will arguably treasure the track time the most, as he looks to get his 2013 on track.

From 10:00 until 13:40 CET the track will be open for all bikes to work on set-up and numerous options, following which there will be separate outings for the Moto3 and Moto2 class between 13:50 and 16:00. From 16:10 to 18:00 the track will once again be open to both classes on track.

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