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Espargaro tops single day of Mugello testing

Espargaro tops single day of Mugello testing

Pol Espargaro led the way as Moto2™ burst back into action on Monday, with a single day of post-race testing at Mugello. The Tuenti HP 40 rider and teammate Esteve Rabat sandwiched Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami into second place, with events being broken up by several rain showers.

Testing took place between 9am and 6:10pm local time (GMT +2), allowing the teams to improve in any weak areas from the weekend as well as testing new parts ahead of the next round of the championship in Barcelona. Espargaro experimented with various suspension settings en route to a best lap time of 1’52.717, which was just over a tenth up on Nakagami who was hoping to dial out the clutch struggles which had eventually led to him crashing out of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Jordi Torres was fourth quickest behind Rabat, but was unable to test all of the upgrades available from Suter due to changeable weather conditions. Initial rain had been expected after half past ten and resulted in a flurry of track activity beforehand, while a particularly heavy downpour at midday looked to have brought an early end to valuable dry track time. In the final two hours, however, some more meaningful running finally looked possible as the sun began to shine once again.

Came IodaRacing Project looked into different fairings as Johann Zarco completed the top five from Tuenti’s Axel Pons, whereas the focus was on front forks for seventh-placed Xavier Simeon and Desguaces La Torre Maptaq. At Technomag carXpert, Dominique Aegerter and Randy Krummenacher put the emphasis on setup whereas Italtrans’ Julian Simon was eighth and Torres’ Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 teammate Nico Terol rounded out the top ten.

Championship leader Scott Redding was not aiming for quick lap times and ended the day ninth fastest; he and Marc VDS Racing Team had planned to trial several new parts including a new swingarm, but would eventually run no more than one of three new front tyres available to test from Dunlop. Incidentally, the tyre manufacturer also made available no less than seven new types of rear tyre, although Tom Luthi and Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing elected not to run at all.

A familiar face took to the track as ex MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi sampled both the QMMF Racing Team and Gresini bikes; Anthony West’s team ran a new, shorter chassis whereas the Italian squad looked into settings and also gave its Moto3 rider Lorenzo Baldassarri an outing. For Idemitsu Honda Team Asia and Yuki Takahashi, suspension setup and geometry was the order of the day, whereas JiR Moto2’s Mike di Meglio escaped injury in a crash right before the end of the day.

Another man on unfamiliar machinery was Simone Corsi; the Italian spent a short time on the Tech 3 machine, confirming the feedback of rookies Danny Kent and Louis Rossi while suggesting the chassis should be raised in order to make easier high-speed direction changes. When back on his own NGM Mobile Racing machine, Corsi crashed but was able to walk away. Teammate Ricky Cardus tested the latest Speed Up chassis, which had been raced by Alex de Angelis on Sunday.

Activity will continue at Mugello for one more day on Tuesday, as the Moto3™ field goes to work between 9am and 6pm local time (GMT +2).

See the full timesheets for Moto2™ testing at Mugello on Monday.


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