News 22 Feb 2020
Moto2 test at Jerez concludes with Luthi atop the charts
Moto3 benchmark set by Ogura following three days in Spain.
The third and final day of the official Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez Test saw lap records tumble.
In the intermediate class it was the experienced Tom Luthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) who took top honours with a 1m40.326s.
Marco Bezzecchi’s (SKY Racing Team VR46) Thursday time saw the Italian take P2, 0.122s behind Luthi, with Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Nicolo Bulega completing the top three across the combined three days.
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.
It was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Tetsuta Nagashima who claimed P4, the Japanese rider improving on the final day to sit 0.344s off Luthi’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.
Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) left as the man to beat in Moto3 as the Japanese rider, John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Gabriel Rodrigo (Kommerling Gresini Moto3) set scintillating 1m44s in Andalucia.
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 1m44s 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 0.5s off Ogura’s time.
The Moto2 and Moto3 riders and teams will be putting in more testing over in Qatar on 28 February-2 March, before the season proper gets underway on the 6-8 March at the Losail International Circuit.