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Schrotter sets early pace on final day of Moto2™ Jerez test

Schrotter sets early pace on final day of Moto2™ Jerez test

Once again wind and rain greeted the teams as they arrived at the track, for the morning of the final preseason test in Jerez.

For the third day in a row riders and teams were faced with bad weather as they arrived at the circuit, which, combined with an air temperature of only 11 degrees, plus rain and strong winds, made track conditions treacherous. Despite this, a number of riders decided to head out on track to complete some more laps in the wet.  

The 1st session ended early after the reigning Moto2™ World Champion, Tito Rabat, had a big high-side at turn 4, leading to a red flag. The Spanish rider, who had already completed 24 laps in the wet during the session, was taken to the Medical Centre for precautionary checks, but escaped major injury.

The same can't be said for his bike though, as it was badly damaged after hitting the wall, and it was Rabat’s fifth crash during preseason testing, although he still set the 2nd fastest time of the morning before the incident.

A few teams decided not to take any risks today in the adverse conditions, and have already started packing up their gear to head to Qatar for the first race of the 2015 Moto2™ Championship. Alex Rins and Luis Salom, along with a few other riders, stated that they only have one chassis which they don´t want to damage before the first round.

After two sessions it was Tech 3’s Marcel Schrotter who had set the fastest time, with a 1’55.243, ahead of Julian Simon on the QMMF Racing Team Speed Up bike (+0.985s) in 2nd.

Mika Kallio was in 3rd place on the timesheets, a further half a second back, after completing 28 laps around the 4.4 km circuit. Schrotter’s teammate, Ricky Cardus, was in 4th with the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia bike of Takaaki Nakagami in 5th.

Rounding out the top 6, having set his fastest time in the morning session, was Belgian Xavier Simon on the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex.

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Tags:
Moto2, 2015, JEREZ MOTO2™ - MOTO3™ OFFICIAL TEST, Marcel Schrotter, Tech 3

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