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Private testing concludes ahead of first official test

Private testing concludes ahead of first official test

Italians Simone Corsi and Enea Bastianini topped the final day of private testing in Jerez.

Wednesday the 24th of February saw private testing conclude at the Jerez circuit for several Moto2™ and Moto3™ teams including Speed Up Racing, the AGR Team and Mapfre Team Mahindra. Although timing was offered by the circuit, several teams and riders elected not to run transponders. Conditions were once again favourable after a initially cold start to proceedings in the morning. The day was again split, giving each category an hour on track before alternating to the other class, a format the official test will follow in early March.

In the Moto2™ class it was Speed Up Racing’s Simone Corsi who topped the times with a solid 1’42.361, half a second faster than the 2015 pole lap and 1.3 seconds faster than Corsi’s time for 13th on the grid at the Spanish GP. Lorenzo Baldassarri continued his fine form on the 2016 Kalex with the second fastest time, a third of a second back on his fellow Italian Corsi. In third was Axel Pons with a 1’42.638 with his AGR Team teammate, Marcel Schrotter, just behind. Mattia Pasini and Luca Marini were fifth and sixth respectively with Marini 1.896s off Corsi’s best time.

An Italian also led the way in the lightweight class, Enea Bastianini putting in a best time of 1’47.632 during his 41 laps. This time was 0.249s slower than Jorge Navarro’s best lap of the private two day test. In third overall was Japan’s Hiroki Ono, 0.114s ahead of Ongetta-Rivacold’s Jules Danilo. His teammate, Niccolo Antonelli, chose not to run a transponder. Completing the top five on combined times was Jorge Martin on the brand new Mahindra. Maria Herrera was also on track, her future in the world championship thrown into doubt recently.

Moto2™ and Moto3™ will be back in Jerez from the second to fourth of March for the first official test of 2016. Official engines and official timing will be present at the test, giving riders, teams and fans the best idea of what to expect in 2016.

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