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A three-day Moto2™ & Moto3™ test at Jerez from 17th-19th February gives the riders another chance to prepare for the 2015 battle.
Conditions for the test at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit last week meant that only one day of dry testing was possible, with Moto2™ rider Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Moto3™ rookie Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) setting the fastest times in their respective categories.
At Jerez 30 Moto2 riders and 32 from Moto3 are scheduled to take part, with track time split between the two classes as they take turns to test in three 70-minute sessions, per category, per day.
Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was third fastest overall at Valencia and he will aim to stay at the front in Andalusia, whilst looking to avoid the crashes which he suffered last Tuesday. His new teammate, reigning Moto3 World Champion Alex Marquez, continues to adapt to the 600cc Kalex and he must push to move up the timesheets.
Zarco and Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) looked good at Jerez and they are likely to be joined towards the top by the likes of Paginas Amarillas HP 40 pair Luis Salom and Alex Rins, along with contenders such as Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten), Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Simone Corsi (Forward Racing), Mika Kallio (Italtrans Racing Team) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten).
In the Moto3 class it will be interesting to see if remarkable rookie Quartararo can again outpace his competitors at another familiar track, as he prepares for his Grand Prix debut. The reigning FIM CEV Repsol rider will be well equipped this season on the Honda Moto3 machine, riding alongside his former CEV rival Jorge Navarro.
Also on the Honda in the renamed Leopard Racing outfit Danny Kent was another frontrunner in the opening test and is one to watch in 2015, whilst his new teammate Efren Vazquez crashed at Valencia and is recovering from a right foot injury.
Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Gresini Moto3) and his fellow Italian Honda rider Niccolò Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) can be expected to show good pace again in southern Spain having ridden well in the first official test of the year.
Meanwhile, the new Mahindra bikes will be pushed hard again by MAPFRE MAHINDRA Aspar Team trio Francesco Bagnaia, Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin, after the machine demonstrated top ten pace at Valencia.
Of the KTM riders, Red Bull KTM Ajo trio of Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira and Karel Hanika, along with SKY Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati, are the Austrian factory’s paciest representatives going on their initial Valencia lap times.
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