2019 Moto2 Test Jerez
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) went fastest on the final day of the Official Moto2 Test at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, but it wasn’t by much as Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) kept the South African honest, the pair ending the day just 0.007 apart.
Sam Lowes – P2
“It’s been a very positive test. We were second and not too far from Binder, and our lap-time came during the ninth lap and with hard used tyres. We could have improved even further with the softer compound, but the idea was to work on our race pace and so we did. During the first two days we focused on bike geometry and many other settings, while today we found the best possible setup based on the data from the previous days. We were quick and consistent, so we’re heading to Qatar with great motivation.”
Binder and Lowes were also the fastest two over all three days and the only two to drop below the 1:41 mark, although the timesheets remained close behind them with the top twenty within less than a second.
With better conditions than the wind affecting Day 2, home rider Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) was third and just over a tenth and a half off as he showed more top pace, pipping 2018 polesitter Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40).
Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) – fastest on Day 1 – completed the top five, ahead of Day 2’s quickest man Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).
The man in seventh made some headlines of his own just behind the veteran Spaniard, with Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) the fastest rookie by a tenth at the end of Day 3.
Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was the debutant just that tiny fraction behind him, although the reigning Moto3 Champion was ninth overall and the two rookies were split by Australian Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team). Marcel Schötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten.
Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) ended the day’s action in P14 as fastest Speed Up, just ahead of Bo Bendsneyder (NTS RW Racing GP), the fastest NTS. The quickest man on the new MV Agusta was Dominique Aergerter (MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward) once again, and the Swiss rider was in P20 but only nine tenths off.
Young British Superbike star Jake Dixon continued his early adaption to Moto2 by finishing up just 1.2 seconds off the top. It had not been all clean sailing though for the 23-year-old after two earlier crashes during the test.
Jake Dixon – P24
“These five days have been good for me to keep learning. We have tried a lot of things and overall it has been positive. Also, on the final day KTM gave us some new parts to try. We had three not-so-good days, with a couple of crashes, so today was good for me to get my confidence back up and set some decent lap times. I know I have a lot to learn but I am not too far off the top guys at a circuit where they have ridden on countless occasions before. I want to thank the team for all their work here and we will keep on in the same way in Qatar.”
- Brad Binder – KTM 1m40.982
- Sam Lowes – Kalex 1m40.989
- Iker Lecuona – KTM 1m41.111
- Luca Marini – Kalex 1m41.146
- Lorenzo Baldassarri – Kalex 1m41.149
- Alex Marquez – Kalex 1m41.208
- Nicolo Bulega – Kalex 1m41.281
- Jorge Navarro – Speed Up 1m41.302
- Remy Gardner – Kalex 1m41.378
- Jorge Martin – KTM 1m41.385
- Marcel Schrotter – Kalex 1m41.395
- Tetsuta Nagashima – Kalex 1m41.417
- Augusto Fernandez – Kalex 1m41.472
- Tom Luthi – Kalex 1m41.508
- Bo Bendsneyder – NTS 1m41.608
- Xavi Vierge – Kalex 1m41.625
- Enea Bastianini – Kalex 1m41.651
- Joe Roberts – KTM 1m41.706
- Fabio Di Giannantonio – Speed Up 1m41.736
- Dominique Aegerter – MV Agusta 1m41.953
- Andrea Loctatelli – Kalex 1m42.011
- Simone Corsi – Kalex 1m42.053
- Stefano Manzi – MV Agusta 1m42.061
- Jake Dixon – KTM 1m42.158
- Steven Odendaal – NTS 1m42.168
- Lukas Tulovic – KTM 1m42.247
- Somkiat Chantra – Kalex 1m42.318
- Phillip Oettl – KTM 1m42.672
- Khairul Idham Pawi – Kalex 1m42.729
- Marco Bezzecchi – KTM 1m42.756
- Dimas Ekky Pratama – Kalex 1m43.441
- Xavier Cardelus – KTM 1m43.561
2019 Moto3 Test Jerez
In Moto3, it was a day of two halves for Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) as the Spaniard set the fastest lap on the last day, but he also broke some toes and is faced with that extra challenge ahead of the season opener and next test.
The incident wasn’t enough to give the field a chance to catch his laptime though, and the 1:45.241 put in by the number 5 remained an impressive seven tenths ahead of his closest competitor, the returning Romano Fenati (Snipers Team).
Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) completed the top three, making it KTM-Honda-Honda on Friday.
Fourth fastest was a familiar name from the higher echelons of the timesheets on Day 1 and Day 2: Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team). The Italian was just over a tenth off compatriot Dalla Porta and only 0.033 ahead of fellow Italian Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai), with Day 2’s quickest man, Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), completing the fastest six by an even smaller 0.004.
The experience in the frontrunners continued to shine as Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team) and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) took P7 and P8 respectively, with the top ten completed by Japanese duo Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse).
Then came the first rookie: Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0). The impressive Spaniard, who is only 15 and will be forced to miss the season opener due to being too young, was 11th overall to end the day outside the top ten for the first time this test – having even ended Day 2 in second.
Veteran Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) split the rookie from the next fastest full-time debutant, reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Champion Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto Team), although the Spaniard isn’t able to compete for Rookie of the Year by virtue of eight previous appearances. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) was P14, ahead of rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia).
It’s shaping up to be another classic and close season of racing in both Moto2 and Moto3 and now it’s next stop Qatar as they head back out in a week to test at Losail International Circuit.
- Jaume Masia – KTM 1m45.241
- Romano Fenati – Honda 1m45.921
- Lorenzo Dalla Porta – Honda 1m45.936
- Tony Arbolino – Honda 1m46.051
- Andrea Migno – KTM 1m46.084
- Aron Canet – KTM 1m46.088
- Albert Arenas – KTM 1m46.130
- Marcos Ramirez – Honda 1m46.144
- Sergio Garcia – Honda 1m46.198
- Ayumu Sasaki – Honda 1m46.212
- Tatsuki Suzuki – Honda 1m46.215
- Gabriel Rodrigo – Honda 1m46.247
- Niccolo Antonelli – Honda 1m46.282
- Raul Fernandez – KTM 1m46.289
- Ai Ogura – Honda 1m46.364
- Dennis Foggia – KTM 1m46.382
- Vicente Perez – KTM 1m46.445
- Kazuki Masaki – KTM 1m46.462
- Jakub Kornfeil – KTM 1m46.532
- Alonso Lopez – Honda 1m46.580
- Darryn Binder – KTM 1m46.666
- John McPhee – Honda 1m46.881
- Can Oncu – KTM 1m47.014
- Celestino Vietti – KTM 1m47.054
- Makar Yurchenko – KTM 1m47.208
- Kaito Toba – Honda 1m47.222
- Filip Salac – KTM 1m47.256
- Riccardo Rossi – Honda 1m47.486
- Tom Booth-Amos – KTM 1m48.114