Triumph engined Moto2 era progresses on day two at Jerez

2019 Moto2 Jerez Test Day Two

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) topped the second day of testing for the new era of Moto2 in southern Spain despite a crash, with the Malaysian GP winner having just been beaten to the honour late on Friday.

Moto Test Jerez Day Luca Marini
Luca Marini

Marini’s 1:41.524 put him just over two-and-a-half-tenths clear of his nearest rival, Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), with the Brit once again a force to be reckoned on his return to the Gresini squad.

To compare this new 765 triple-cylinder era to the previous CBR600RR powered, the fastest Moto2 lap at the Jerez race weekend back in May was a 1m41.890 by Lorenzo Baldassarri on a 33-degree track temperature in FP3. Conditions for this test are around five-degrees cooler. 

Moto Test Jerez Day Sam Lowes
Sam Lowes

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the top three, and was another frontrunner who crashed. Remy Gardner (SAG Team) ended the day less than a tenth off Marquez, with the top five completed by Friday’s fastest, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP 40). The Italian was close though, just 0.044 off Gardner.

Rain interrupted action mid-way through the day, and in the final session only Steven Odendaal (NTS RW Racing), Lukas Tulovic (Kiefer Racing) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) went out. 

Jorge Navarro (Speed Up Racing) began his Speed Up career in a solid P6 in a tight top ten, with Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Augusto Fernanández (Pons HP40) in seventh and eighth respectively. Tetsuta Nagashima (SAG Team) and Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the top ten on Day 2.

Moto Test Jerez Day Brad Binder
Brad Binder fastest KTM framed machine in P13

Then came the first of the rookies: Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), another who impressed despite a crash. Bulega was also the quickest debutant on Friday and ended Day 2 in P11 – more solid form from the Italian as fellow rookies Fabio Di Giannantonio (Speed Up Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) took P16 and P17 respectively.

Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) was P24, whereas reigning Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) sits on the sidelines injured. His teammate, Brad Binder, was P13 and fastest KTM, with Martin’s replacement Iker Lecuona beginning his stint just behind Bezzecchi.

Marco Bezzecchi – P24

“We had a quite positive second day, although we unfortunately didn’t ride too much because the weather changed. I was working even more on my riding style, which became better today. But still, we have to continue our good work in terms of riding style and also regarding chassis setup. All the team is very motivated and also KTM helps a lot. Tomorrow we will try to go faster.”

Moto Test Jerez Day Marco Bezzecchi
Marco Bezzecchi

Jake Dixon continued to make progress on his KTM framed machine on the second day of the 2019 preseason. The Briton finished second in the British Superbike Championship to Leon Haslam this season and the 22-year-old steps into the Moto2 ranks with Ángel Nieto Team. Dixon was three tenths quicker than yesterday in the two sessions that beat the weather, finishing 2.6 seconds off the top. 

Jake Dixon – P27

“I still don’t have the best feeling with the bike, we’re struggling a little bit, but we are working hard together with the team to understand this KTM. For example, today we improved the feeling with the front end. It is incredible the job that the team are doing to help me get comfortable. It is a shame that the rain came and limited the track time because we need as many laps as possible in these tests. We could do with another session in the dry because we have worked on some things that could help us improve. Hopefully it doesn’t rain tomorrow because otherwise we’ll have to wait until next year to try them.”

Moto Test Jerez Day Jake Dixon
Jake Dixon gets a taste of Moto2

The fastest MV Agusta on their return to the paddock was Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Forward Racing), who slotted into fourteenth.

Sunday is the third and final day of testing at Jerez for the intermediate class as the new era of Triumph power begins.

Moto2 Jerez Test 2019 – Jerez
Day One-Two Combined Times

  1. Luca Marini 1m41.523
  2. Sam Lowes 1m41.792
  3. Alex Marquez 1m41.901
  4. Remy Gardner 1m41.991
  5. Lorenzo Baldasarri 1m42.035
  6. Jorge Navarro 1m42.196
  7. Marcel Schrotter 1m42.241
  8. Augusto Fernandez 1m42.264
  9. Tetsuta Nagashima 1m42.282
  10. Xavi Vierge 1m42.305
  11. Nicolo Bulega 1m42.311
  12. Tom Luthi 1m42.361
  13. Brad Binder 1m42.465
  14. Stefano Manzi 1m42.743
  15. Simone Corsi 1m42.782
  16. Fabio Di Giannantonio 1m42.812
  17. Enea Bastianini 1m42.875
  18. Steven Odendaal 1m42.880
  19. Andrea Locatelli 1m42.888
  20. Lukas Tulovic 1m42.916
  21. Khairul Idham Pawi 1m43.012
  22. Dominique Aegerter 1m43.123
  23. Jorge Martin 1m43.361
  24. Dimas Ekky Pratama 1m43.505
  25. Marco Bezzecchi 1m43.652
  26. Iker Lecuona 1m43.653
  27. Somkiat Chandra 1m43.900
  28. Jake Dixon 1m44.148
  29. Philipp Oettl 1m44.207
  30. Bo Bendsneyder 1m44.564
  31. Xaiver Cardelus 1m44.803


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