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Pons moves to top of Moto2™ testing

Pons moves to top of Moto2™ testing

Conditions were once again favourable at the Jerez circuit, Axel Pons destroying the circuit best time.

The best lap by a Moto2™ machine during a Grand Prix weekend stands at a 1’42.706 set by Stefan Bradl on his way to pole in Jerez back in 2011. During the second session on Thursday Axel Pons set an incredible 1’41.730 aboard his AGR Team Kalex, the only rider under the 1’42 barrier. Known for frequent crashes, Pons’ reputation began to shift at Phillip Island in 2015 when he started on the front row. Leading the second day of testing, and the test overall so far, suggests that Pons has grown greatly as a rider.

Just behind the impressive Pons was Alex Rins aboard the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex, the team run by Axel Pons’ father Sito Pons. Rins, who has had very little private testing before Jerez, set a 1’42.224 during the first session on Thursday. This time moved Rins to second on the combined time sheets too, the 2015 runner up going 0.4s better than his Wednesday best.

After a slow start to the second day, Dominique Aegerter finished in third thanks to his 1’42.323 in the third session and final session. 2016 will be Aegerter’s second year aboard the Kalex, having had a mixed season learning the bike in 2015. The CarXpert Interwetten rider improved by 0.8s from his Wednesday best. Aegerter’s time was only 0.002s faster than Lorenzo Baldassarri, who ended the day fourth fastest overall. The Forward Team rider showed incredibly well during multiple private tests at the circuit and is out for more podiums in 2016.

Making it yet another Kalex lock out in the top five, Jonas Folger broke into the 1’42s aboard his new Dynavolt Intact GP bike. Folger had an incredible weekend in Jerez in 2015 and is aiming to reproduce his race winning form throughout the season.

Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team), Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Moto2™ returnee Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) rounded out the top ten based on day two times.

The day ended early for Alex Marquez, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS man choosing to rest his still healing wrist. He finished the day in 19th and is planning to make the most of the third and final day on Friday in Jerez

There were falls for Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) and Sam Lowes. Both riders unharmed.

On combined times, Pons remained top from Rins and Luthi with both Aegerter and Baldassarri within 0.6s of Pons’ incredible lap. Lowes, Nakagami, Schrotter and Kent also completed the top ten combined times with the top 23 Moto2™ riders within 2 seconds of each other.

Full results can be viewed here.

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, JEREZ MOTO2™ - MOTO3™ OFFICIAL TEST, FP, Axel Pons, Alex Rins, Dominique Aegerter

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