2012 IRTA Moto2 Jerez Test Day 1 Times - Luthi Dominates, Marquez Makes Successful Return

Thomas Luthi was the fastest Moto2 rider on the first day of the final test ahead of the season opener at Qatar. The Interwetten rider was fast all day long, with few riders capable of matching his pace. Italtrans' Takaaki Nakagami ended in 2nd, the Japanese rider continuing to impress throughout testing, and finishing ahead of his teammate Claudio Corti, while Pons HP Tuenti's Pol Espargaro ended just a hundredth of a second slower than Corti.

2011 Moto2 runner up Marc Marquez finally removed some of the question marks that had been hanging over his head, returning to test in public for the first time since the surgery to repair the double vision the Spaniard suffered as a result of the crash during practice at Sepang. The Repsol man took a few laps to get up to pace, but was up inside the top ten in the afternoon, and ended with the 5th fastest time, inside a half a second of fastest man Luthi. Given the massive amount of testing Marquez has missed, to be up to speed so quickly - Marquez told MotoGP.com that it was "like riding for the first time again" - is impressive.

Testing concluded early for many of the riders, as they ran out of miles on their official Moto2 engines. The official engines, prepared by Geo Technologies, have to last for duration of this test and the first two race weekends, limiting the riders to about 500 km per day. So although everyone is now using the same engines - no more excuses for teams claiming to use stock engines, or extra fast times for teams using more powerful Supersport-spec engines - the teams are following specific test strategies, meaning that some riders have yet to start chasing lap times. Come Wednesday night, however, that excuse will no longer fly, and the real strength of the different teams and riders should be revealed.

Testing continues tomorrow, with the weather expected to be excellent all week long.

Results from Day 1, courtesy of MotoGP.com:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock Suter 1:42.627    
2 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:42.853 0.226 0.226
3 Claudio CORTI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:42.963 0.336 0.110
4 Pol ESPARGARO Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:42.973 0.346 0.010
5 Marc MARQUEZ Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 1:43.080 0.453 0.107
6 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:43.209 0.582 0.129
7 Andrea IANNONE Speed Master Speed Up 1:43.230 0.603 0.021
8 Esteve RABAT Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:43.386 0.759 0.156
9 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1:43.455 0.828 0.069
10 Toni ELIAS Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:43.467 0.840 0.012
11 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:43.478 0.851 0.011
12 Simone CORSI Ioda Racing Project FTR 1:43.507 0.880 0.029
13 Angel RODRIGUEZ Desguaces La Torre SAG FTR 1:43.673 1.046 0.166
14 Johann ZARCO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:43.687 1.060 0.014
15 Julian SIMON Avintia Racing Moto2 FTR 1:43.689 1.062 0.002
16 Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:43.722 1.095 0.033
17 Bradley SMITH Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:43.804 1.177 0.082
18 Mike DI MEGLIO S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 1:43.848 1.221 0.044
19 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag-CIP Suter 1:43.958 1.331 0.110
20 Roberto ROLFO Italian Technomag-CIP Suter 1:44.119 1.492 0.161
21 Max NEUKIRCHNER Kiefer Racing Kalex 1:44.146 1.519 0.027
22 Gino REA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:44.151 1.524 0.005
23 Yuki TAKAHASHI NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1:44.161 1.534 0.010
24 Ratthapark WILAIROT Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:44.281 1.654 0.120
25 Axel PONS Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:44.543 1.916 0.262
26 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:44.574 1.947 0.031
27 Randy KRUMMENACHER GP Team Switzerland Kalex 1:44.722 2.095 0.148
28 Alexander LUNDH Cresto Guide MZ Racing FTR 1:45.442 2.815 0.720
29 Eric GRANADO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:45.675 3.048 0.233
30 Damian CUDLIN QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 1:45.999 3.372 0.324
31 Ricky CARDUS Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 1:46.253 3.626 0.254
32 Elena ROSELL QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 1:46.471 3.844 0.218
33 Marco COLANDREA SAG Team FTR 1:46.813 4.186 0.342

 

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Thomas Luthi was the fastest Moto2 rider on the first day of the final test ahead of the season opener at Qatar. The Interwetten rider was fast all day long, with few riders capable of matching his pace. Italtrans' Takaaki Nakagami ended in 2nd, the Japanese rider continuing to impress throughout testing, and finishing ahead of his teammate Claudio Corti, while Pons HP Tuenti's Pol Espargaro ended just a hundredth of a second slower than Corti.2011 Moto2 runner up Marc Marquez finally removed some of the question marks that had been hanging over his head, returning to test in public for the first time since the surgery to repair the double vision the Spaniard suffered as a result of the crash during practice at Sepang. The Repsol man took a few laps to get up to pace, but was up inside the top ten in the afternoon, and ended with the 5th fastest time, inside a half a second of fastest man Luthi. Given the massive amount of testing Marquez has missed, to be up to speed so quickly - Marquez told MotoGP.com that it was "like riding for the first time again" - is impressive.

Comments

Great.

I'm so happy to see Marquez back in action!

Nakagami has been surprisingly good in testing.

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