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.

Moto Test Jerez Binder
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

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.”

Moto Test Jerez Lowes
Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)

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).

Moto Test Jerez Alex Marquez
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.

Moto Test Jerez Navarro
Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up)

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.”

Moto Test Jerez Jake Dixon
Jake Dixon

Moto2 Times

1Brad BINDERKTM1:40.9820.000
2Sam LOWESKALEX1:40.9890.007
3Ike r LECUONAKTM1:41.1110.129
4Luca MARINIKALEX1:41.1460.164
5Lorenzo BALD ASSARRIKALEX1:41.1490.167
6Alex M ARQUEZKALEX1:41.2080.226
7N icolo BULE GAKALEX1:41.2810.299
8Jorge NAVARROSPEED UP1:41.3020.320
9Remy GAR DNERKALEX1:41.3780.396
10Jorge MARTINKTM1:41.3850.403
11Marcel  SCHROTTERKALEX1:41.3950.413
12Tetsuta NAGASHIMAKALEX1:41.4170.435
13Augusto FERNANDEZKALEX1:41.4720.490
14Tom LU TH IKALEX1:41.5080.526
15Bo BENDSNEYDERNTS1:41.6080.626
16Xavi VIE RGEKALEX1:41.6250.643
17Enea BASTIANINIKALEX1:41.6510.669
18Joe ROBERT SKTM1:41.7060.724
19Fabio D I G IANNANTONIOSPEED UP1:41.7360.754
20Dominique AEGE RTE RMV AGUSTA1:41.9530.971
21Andrea LOCATELLIKALEX1:42.0111.029
22Simone CORSIKALEX1:42.0531.071
23Stefano MANZIMV AGUSTA1:42.0611.079
24Jake D IXONKTM1:42.1581.176
25Steven ODENDAALNTS1:42.1681.186
26Lukas TULOVICKTM1:42.2471.265
27Somkiat CHANTR AKALEX1:42.3181.336
28Philipp OETTLKTM1:42.6721.690
29Khairul Idham PAWIKALEX1:42.7291.747
30Marco  BEZZ ECCHIKTM1:42.7561.774
31Dimas Ek ky PRAT AMAKALEX1:43.4412.459
32Xavier CARDELU SKTM1:43.5612.579


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.

Moto Test Jerez Jaume Masia
Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai)

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).

Moto Test Jerez Fenati
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).

Moto Test Jerez Arenas
Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team)

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).

Moto Test Jerez Ai Ogura
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.

Moto3 Times

1Jaume MASIAKTM1:45.2410.000
2Romano F ENATIHONDA1:45.9210.680
3Lorenzo D ALLA PORTAHONDA1:45.9360.695
4Tony ARBOLINOHONDA1:46.0510.810
5Andrea MIGNOKTM1:46.0840.843
6Aron CANETKTM1:46.0880.847
7Albert ARENASKTM1:46.1300.889
8Marco s  RAMIR EZHONDA1:46.1440.903
9Sergio GARCIAHONDA1:46.1980.957
10Ayumu SASAKIHONDA1:46.2120.971
11Tatsuki SUZU KIHONDA1:46.2150.974
12Gabriel RODRIG OHONDA1:46.2471.006
13N iccolo ANTONELLIHONDA1:46.2821.041
14Raul FER NANDEZKTM1:46.2891.048
15Ai OGURAHONDA1:46.3641.123
16Dennis FOGGIAKTM1:46.3821.141
17Vicente PEREZKTM1:46.4451.204
18Kazuki MASAKIKTM1:46.4621.221
19Jakub KORNFEILKTM1:46.5321.291
20Alonso LOPEZHONDA1:46.5801.339
21Darry n  BINDERKTM1:46.6661.425
22John McPHEEHONDA1:46.8811.640
23Can ONCUKTM1:47.0141.773
24Celestino VIE TTIKTM1:47.0541.813
25Mak ar YURCH ENKOKTM1:47.2081.967
26Kaito T OBAHONDA1:47.2221.981
27Filip SALACKTM1:47.2562.015
28Riccardo ROSSIHONDA1:47.4862.245
29Tom BOOTH-AM OSKTM1:48.1142.873


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