Lüthi and Ogura set lap records to top Moto2/3 Testing

2020 Moto2 / Moto3

Official Jerez Test


Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) took top Moto2 honours with a 1:40m326 while Marco Bezzecchi’s (SKY Racing Team VR46) Thursday time saw the Italian take P2 in Andalucia, 0.122 behind Lüthi, with Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Nicolo Bulega completing the top three across the combined three days.

Nicolo Bulega – P3

“We struggled a bit in the opening sessions with some areas of the bike, but we managed to pinpoint the problems and solve them quickly. Yesterday I was already six tenths quicker compared to day one and withclear track I would have found a great time attack. Today things went even better. I’m leaving Jerez with great feelings and not only due to today’s lap-time: we are working well with the team and we’re improving session after session.”

Moto Nicolo Bulega

Moto Nicolo Bulega

Nicolo Bulega

Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) was first out on track on the final day of testing to get as much mileage on the board as possible, with he and the team doing less private testing that most of the other riders, while they spent most of Wednesday testing Kalex’s more “radical” 2020 chassis. The five-time race winner finished P14 overall after getting his lap time down to a 1:41.137 on Day 3.

Also on Day 3, Speed Up were seen testing a new front aero package, a big change to what we’ve seen from Speed Up in the past. Characteristically their riders have always suffered in terms of top speed, so it’s likely we’ll be seeing this breaking cover a lot more at the Qatar Test in one week’s time.

Casting back to the overall times and it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Tetsuta Nagashima who claimed P4, the Japanese rider improving on the final day to sit 0.344 off Lüthi’s benchmark.

The impressive Aron Canet (Aspar Team) rounded out the top five as the Spanish rookie continues to seamlessly acclimatise to life as a Moto2 rider. Canet ends the test as the leading rookie and non-Kalex rider – a job well done for the 20-year-old.

Aron Canet – P5

“I am happy, the marks of these three days are very good. We have a good race pace; we have set very fast times and in the last session we have made a race simulation. It was perhaps the time of the week when I could be more tired, but still we have set times that we did not expect. We are ready for Qatar.”

Moto Aron Canet

Moto Aron Canet

Aron Canet

Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge finishes 0.066 off compatriot Canet in P6 with a best time of 1:40.776, with fellow Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Speed Up Racing) claiming seventh. Both he and team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio finished under half-a-second off Lüthi’s lap record, the Speed Up duo sit slightly ahead of Day 1 pacesetter Remy Gardner (Onexox TKKR SAG Team) and tenth best the wounded Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

Moto2 Combined Times Jerez Test 2020

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Thomas LUTHI KALEX 1m40.326
2 Marco BEZZECCHI KALEX +0.122
3 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX +0.335
4 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX +0.344
5 Aron CANET SPEED UP +0.384
6 Xavi VIERGE KALEX +0.450
7 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP +0.483
9 Remy GARDNER KALEX +0.522
10 Jorge MARTIN KALEX +0.581
11 Edgar PONS KALEX +0.716
12 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX +0.743
14 Lorenzo BALDASARRI KALEX +0.811
16 Luca MARINI KALEX +0.906
17 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX +0.944
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX +0.947
19 Joe ROBERTS KALEX +0.975
20 Simone CORSI MV AGUSTA +1.150
21 Marcos RAMIREZ KALEX +1.214
22 Hafizh SYAHRIN SPEED UP +1.243
23 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA +1.390
24 Hector GARZO KALEX +1.467
25 Jake DIXON KALEX +1.805
26 Jesko RAFFIN NTS +1.811
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KALEX +1.961
29 Kama Daniel BIN KASM KALEX +6.013


Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) left Jerez as the man to beat in the intermediate class as the Japanese rider, John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) set scintillating 1m44s in Andalucia.

Moto Ai Ogura

Moto Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura

The final day in southern Spain saw the riders go into time attack mode as they aimed to see what their one-lap qualifying pace was like. The top three all set their 1:44s in the opening session of Friday, along with 14 other riders as Honda riders locked out the top five, Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) sitting 0.5 off Ogura’s time. And talking of the Japanese factory, their new Moto3 machine made more of an appearance on Friday, with the biggest difference being the gearbox.

Moto Gabri Rodrigo

Moto Gabri Rodrigo

Gabriel Rodrigo

According to some KTM teams, the 2020 bike is much nimbler than the previous version and the leading Austrian factory rider was sixth place Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) a tenth behind in P7.

Honda Team Asia’s Yuki Kunii joined his teammate inside the top 10 by finishing P8, a great job by the rookie who has Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) behind him in P9 and P10 respectively.

The Moto2 and Moto3 riders and teams will be putting in more hard graft over in Qatar on the 28th February – 2nd March, before the season proper gets underway on the 6th-8th March at the Losail International Circuit.

Moto3 Combined Times Jerez Test 2020

Pos Name Bike Time/Gap
1 Ai OGURA HONDA 1m44.670
2 John McPHEE HONDA +0.050
3 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA +0.314
4 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA +0.506
5 Sergio GARCIA HONDA +0.535
6 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +0.602
7 Albert ARENAS KTM +0.718
8 Yuki KUNII HONDA +0.739
9 Filip SALAC HONDA +0.788
10 Deniz ONCU KTM +0.847
11 Jaume MASIA HONDA +0.881
12 Darryn BINDER KTM +0.898
13 Jeremy ALCOBA HONDA +0.915
14 Dennis FOGGIA HONDA +0.991
15 Andrea MIGNO KTM +0.999
16 Celestino VIETTI KTM +1.010
17 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA +1.071
18 Kaito TOBA KTM +1.090
19 Niccolo ANTONELLI HONDA +1.102
20 Stefano NEPA KTM +1.170
21 Ayumu SASAKI KTM +1.311
22 Romano FENATI HUSQVARNA +1.574
23 Alonso LOPEZ HUSQVARNA +1.588
24 Ryusei YAMANAKA HONDA +1.605
25 Davide PIZZOLI KTM +1.612
26 Khairul Idham PAWI HONDA +1.612
27 Riccardo ROSSI KTM +1.705
28 Carlos TATAY KTM +1.759
29 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM +2.275
30 Maximilian KOFLER KTM +2.472
31 Dirk GEIGER KTM +3.426

Source: MCNews.com.au

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