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12 days ago
By motogp.com

Quartararo full steam ahead in Moto2™

Frenchman lights up the lap counter once again in Valencia

Tags Moto2, 2017

Although Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira topped both days of private Moto2™ and Moto3™ testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, it was Fabio Quartararo (Paginas Amarillas HP40) who again put in the most laps – after also using test sessions in late 2016 to give himself maximum time on the bike as he moves up to Moto2™.

Portuguese rider Oliveira was the only one below the 1:36 barrier on a 1:35.887, with Quartararo less than two tenths behind in P2. The French rookie put in more than 100 laps at the track with a best of 1:36.057, after already breaking the century barrier late last year in testing. Edgar Pons, on the other side of the Paginas Amarillas HP40 box, completed just over half the laps of his French teammate.

Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) was another two tenths back from Quartararo with a 1:36.260, and the German completed a good amount of laps as the Intact team switch to a Suter chassis for 2017. Ricky Cardus once again stood in for injured 2016 Moto3™ World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to test his Moto2™ machine, as the South African was forced to have a second operation on the arm he injured in testing in November. Binder expects to be back on track at the next test.

Also present on track was local rider and fellow Moto2™ rookie Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), although the Valencian was using the time as training on a Yamaha R6 ahead of his next taste of his new Moto2™ machine.