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Luthi fastest as Jerez test comes to an end

Luthi fastest as Jerez test comes to an end

It was Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi who ended the two-day Moto2™ test in Jerez on top as he edged Marc VDS Racing Team’s new signing Tito Rabat as well as Valencia podium sitter, Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres.

Luthi set a time of 1'42.046 on the final day, with Rabat 0.239 and Torres 0.645 seconds slower. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami made a good start to his stint with a new team, just 0.822s off the pace, ahead of Federal Oil Gresini’s new signing Xavier Simeon.

Torres’ teammate and Valencia victor Nico Terol was sixth quickest, as he edged out current World Supersport Champion and Speed Up signing Sam Lowes, who was the final man within one second of Luthi. Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese embarked on his second year in Moto2™ by ending the day in eighth, ahead of Marc VDS’ Mika Kallio and Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Louis Rossi.

Caterham Moto Racing’s Johann Zarco just missed out on a top ten spot, as he finished ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Julian Simon and his new teammate Franco Morbidelli. Marcel Schrotter continued to get to grips with the Mistral 610 in the Tech3 outfit closely followed by team companion Alex Mariñelarena, who just managed to oust Pons’ new boy and Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales.

Viñales will be pleased he is just over two seconds off Luthi, whilst he also beat AMA Superbike Champion Josh Herrin who continues to adapt to the prototype class. Behind the American, Viñales’ teammate Luis Salom will hope to edge closer to his compatriot at the following tests, whilst AGR’s Jonas Folger will also look for a similar leap in his adaptation to the intermediate class.

Further down the grid, Gresini’s Lorenzo Baldassarri got more time on the Suter machine after his step up to Moto2™, whilst other newcomer Alessandro Nocco on the Speed Up has now had more time to adapt and prepare himself over the winter.

Unofficial lap times, as provided by the Jerez Circuit:
1 Thomas LUTHI - SUTER 1:42.046
2 Tito RABAT - KALEX 1:42.285
3 Jordi TORRES - SUTER 1:42.691
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI - HONDA 1:42.868
5 Xavier SIMEON - SUTER 1:42.912
6 Nico TEROL - SUTER 1:42.974
7 Sam LOWES - SPEED UP 1:42.981
8 Sandro CORTESE - KALEX 1:43.047
9 Mika KALLIO - KALEX 1:43.190
10 Luis ROSSI - KALEX 1:43.428
11 Johann ZARCO - SUTER 1:43.451
12 Julian SIMON - KALEX 1:43.636
13 Franco MORBIDELLI - KALEX 1:43.709
14 Marcel SCHROTTER - TECH3 1:43.880
15 Alex MARIÑELARENA - TECH3 1:44.053
16 Maverick VIÑALES - KALEX 1:44.228
17 Josh HERRIN - SUTER 1:44.391
18 Luis SALOM - KALEX 1:44.565
19 Jonas FOLGER - KALEX 1:44.593
20 Axel PONS - KALEX 1:44.696
21 Lorenzo BALDASARRI - SUTER 1:44.785
22 Alessandro NOCCO - SPEED UP 1:44.965
23 Anthony WEST - SPEED UP 1:45.024
24 Azlam SHAH - HONDA 1:45.461
25 Roberto LOCATELLI - KALEX 1:46.981


Moto2, 2014

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