2013 Moto2 Valencia February Day 1 Test Times: Terol Heads Spanish Trio

Nico Terol got his 2013 season off to a good start at Valencia, the Mapfre Aspar rider ending the first day of testing on top of the timesheets. Local boy Terol, who has a corner named after him at the Valencia circuit, is always fast at the track, and Tuesday was no exception, the Spaniard ending in the top three in all three Moto2 sessions.

Terol leads a group of Kalexes, Julian Simon's good form on the Italtrans bike continuing, ending ahead of 2012 Moto2 runner up Pol Espargaro. Espargaro, hotly tipped for the 2013 title, took his time getting up to speed, ending the first two sessions in 5th and 10th respectively, before pulling out a blistering lap at the end of the day to top the final session, and take 3rd overall. Scott Redding had a solid first day of testing at Valencia, the Marc VDS rider benefiting from the combined rider/weight limit, as it brings the lighter riders much closer to the combined weight of Redding and his Kalex Moto2 machine. Times among the Moto2 class are tight: under two tenths separate the top three, while the top ten are all within a second of Terol's best lap.

Sandro Cortese is the fastest of the class rookies, the reigning Moto3 champion ending the day in 24th aboard the Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex, nearly 2.8 seconds off Terol. He was only just fastest, though: Tech 3 rookie Louis Rossi finished just four thousandths of a second behind Cortese, while the British pair of Kyle Smith on the Avintia Kalex and Danny Kent on the second Tech 3 bike are under half a second behind Cortese.

Most of the teams spent a lot of the day working on distributing any ballast they have to carry to achieve the combined rider and bike weight limit, with only a few men already over that limit. Weather conditions, while dry, were not exactly ideal, with a strong wind keeping the track temperature down, especially in the morning. The wind looks set to die down for the next two days of testing, with the final day on Thursday looking to be the best day of the test. Testing continues tomorrow.

Overall after day 1  
Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. In Session
1 18 Nico TEROL SUTER 1:35.926     Session 2
2 60 Julian SIMON KALEX 1:35.951 0.025 0.025 Session 2
3 40 Pol ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 1:36.106 0.180 0.155 Session 3
4 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1:36.337 0.411 0.231 Session 2
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1:36.443 0.517 0.106 Session 3
6 3 Simone CORSI SPEED UP 1:36.444 0.518 0.001 Session 2
7 81 Jordi TORRES SUTER 1:36.457 0.531 0.013 Session 2
8 80 Esteve RABAT PONS KALEX 1:36.531 0.605 0.074 Session 3
9 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1:36.629 0.703 0.098 Session 2
10 24 Toni ELIAS KALEX 1:36.852 0.926 0.223 Session 2
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SPEED UP 1:37.074 1.148 0.222 Session 3
12 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1:37.238 1.312 0.164 Session 3
13 19 Xavier SIMEON KALEX 1:37.339 1.413 0.101 Session 3
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1:37.354 1.428 0.015 Session 3
15 49 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 1:37.531 1.605 0.177 Session 3
16 54 Mattia PASINI SPEED UP 1:37.679 1.753 0.148 Session 3
17 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 1:37.801 1.875 0.122 Session 2
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO MOTOBI 1:37.922 1.996 0.121 Session 2
19 5 Johann ZARCO SUTER 1:38.140 2.214 0.218 Session 2
20 88 Ricky CARDUS SPEED UP 1:38.329 2.403 0.189 Session 2
21 23 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX 1:38.391 2.465 0.062 Session 3
22 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SUTER 1:38.516 2.590 0.125 Session 3
23 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 1:38.695 2.769 0.179 Session 3
24 11 Sandro CORTESE KALEX 1:38.722 2.796 0.027 Session 3
25 96 Louis ROSSI TECH 3 1:38.726 2.800 0.004 Session 2
26 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 1:38.926 3.000 0.200 Session 2
27 9 Kyle SMITH KALEX 1:39.076 3.150 0.150 Session 3
28 52 Danny KENT TECH 3 1:39.184 3.258 0.108 Session 2
29 7 Doni Tata PRADITA SUTER 1:39.663 3.737 0.479 Session 2
30 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO SPEED UP 1:41.431 5.505 1.768 Session 3

 

 

Session 3: 15:10 - 17:00
Pos. Rider Team Time Diff Prev.
1 Pol ESPARGARO Tuenti HP 40 1:36.106    
2 Julian SIMON Italtrans Racing Team 1:36.155 0.049 0.049
3 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:36.331 0.225 0.176
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team 1:36.443 0.337 0.112
5 Jordi TORRES Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:36.518 0.412 0.075
6 Esteve RABAT Tuenti HP 40 1:36.531 0.425 0.013
7 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock 1:36.764 0.658 0.233
8 Simone CORSI NGM Mobile Racing 1:37.019 0.913 0.255
9 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:37.074 0.968 0.055
10 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team 1:37.238 1.132 0.164
11 Xavier SIMEON Maptaq SAG Zelos Team 1:37.339 1.233 0.101
12 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag carXpert 1:37.354 1.248 0.015
13 Axel PONS Tuenti HP 40 1:37.531 1.425 0.177
14 Mattia PASINI NGM Mobile Racing 1:37.679 1.573 0.148
15 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team 1:37.952 1.846 0.273
16 Toni ELIAS Blusens Avintia 1:38.108 2.002 0.156
17 Marcel SCHROTTER Desguaces La Torre SAG Team 1:38.391 2.285 0.283
18 Ricky CARDUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:38.493 2.387 0.102
19 Randy KRUMMENACHER Technomag carXpert 1:38.516 2.410 0.023
20 Ratthapark WILAIROT Honda Gresini Moto2 1:38.695 2.589 0.179
21 Sandro CORTESE Dynavolt Intact GP 1:38.722 2.616 0.027
22 Kyle SMITH Blusens Avintia 1:39.076 2.970 0.354
23 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 1:39.551 3.445 0.475
24 Danny KENT Tech 3 1:39.552 3.446 0.001
25 Yuki TAKAHASHI Honda Racing Asia Tady 1:39.952 3.846 0.400
26 Doni Tata PRADITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:39.974 3.868 0.022
27 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO QMMF Racing Team 1:41.431 5.325 1.457
 
Session 2: 14:00 - 15:00
Pos. Rider Team Time Diff Prev.
1 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:35.926    
2 Julian SIMON Italtrans Racing Team 1:35.951 0.025 0.025
3 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team 1:36.337 0.411 0.386
4 Simone CORSI NGM Mobile Racing 1:36.444 0.518 0.107
5 Jordi TORRES Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:36.457 0.531 0.013
6 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team 1:36.583 0.657 0.126
7 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock 1:36.629 0.703 0.046
8 Esteve RABAT Tuenti HP 40 1:36.780 0.854 0.151
9 Toni ELIAS Blusens Avintia 1:36.852 0.926 0.072
10 Pol ESPARGARO Tuenti HP 40 1:36.871 0.945 0.019
11 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:37.376 1.450 0.505
12 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team 1:37.382 1.456 0.006
13 Anthony WEST QMMF Racing Team 1:37.801 1.875 0.419
14 Axel PONS Tuenti HP 40 1:37.881 1.955 0.080
15 Mattia PASINI NGM Mobile Racing 1:37.913 1.987 0.032
16 Mike DI MEGLIO JIR Moto2 1:37.922 1.996 0.009
17 Johann ZARCO Came IodaRacing Project 1:38.140 2.214 0.218
18 Ricky CARDUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:38.329 2.403 0.189
19 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag carXpert 1:38.365 2.439 0.036
20 Xavier SIMEON Maptaq SAG Zelos Team 1:38.369 2.443 0.004
21 Marcel SCHROTTER Desguaces La Torre SAG Team 1:38.624 2.698 0.255
22 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 1:38.726 2.800 0.102
23 Yuki TAKAHASHI Honda Racing Asia Tady 1:38.926 3.000 0.200
24 Danny KENT Tech 3 1:39.184 3.258 0.258
25 Ratthapark WILAIROT Honda Gresini Moto2 1:39.190 3.264 0.006
26 Sandro CORTESE Dynavolt Intact GP 1:39.246 3.320 0.056
27 Randy KRUMMENACHER Technomag carXpert 1:39.452 3.526 0.206
28 Doni Tata PRADITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:39.663 3.737 0.211
29 Kyle SMITH Blusens Avintia 1:41.179 5.253 1.516
30 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO QMMF Racing Team 1:43.145 7.219 1.966
 
Session 1: 10:00 - 12:40
Pos. Rider Team Time Diff Prev.
1 Esteve RABAT Tuenti HP 40 1:37.989    
2 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:38.123 0.134 0.134
3 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock 1:38.458 0.469 0.335
4 Julian SIMON Italtrans Racing Team 1:38.474 0.485 0.016
5 Pol ESPARGARO Tuenti HP 40 1:38.551 0.562 0.077
6 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team 1:39.034 1.045 0.483
7 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:39.271 1.282 0.237
8 Johann ZARCO Came IodaRacing Project 1:39.302 1.313 0.031
9 Simone CORSI NGM Mobile Racing 1:39.359 1.370 0.057
10 Axel PONS Tuenti HP 40 1:39.505 1.516 0.146
11 Jordi TORRES Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:39.762 1.773 0.257
12 Anthony WEST QMMF Racing Team 1:40.113 2.124 0.351
13 Toni ELIAS Blusens Avintia 1:40.405 2.416 0.292
14 Danny KENT Tech 3 1:40.823 2.834 0.418
15 Mike DI MEGLIO JIR Moto2 1:41.009 3.020 0.186
16 Ricky CARDUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:41.548 3.559 0.539
17 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 1:41.645 3.656 0.097
18 Ratthapark WILAIROT Honda Gresini Moto2 1:41.687 3.698 0.042
19 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag carXpert 1:41.917 3.928 0.230
20 Marcel SCHROTTER Desguaces La Torre SAG Team 1:41.954 3.965 0.037
21 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team 1:42.140 4.151 0.186
22 Randy KRUMMENACHER Technomag carXpert 1:42.471 4.482 0.331
23 Sandro CORTESE Dynavolt Intact GP 1:42.556 4.567 0.085
24 Xavier SIMEON Maptaq SAG Zelos Team 1:42.960 4.971 0.404
25 Mattia PASINI NGM Mobile Racing 1:43.421 5.432 0.461
26 Yuki TAKAHASHI Honda Racing Asia Tady 1:43.579 5.590 0.158
27 Doni Tata PRADITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:43.822 5.833 0.243
28 Kyle SMITH Blusens Avintia 1:44.906 6.917 1.084
29 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team 1:44.981 6.992 0.075
30 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO QMMF Racing Team 1:48.732 10.743 3.751

 

Race Details
2013
Nico Terol got his 2013 season off to a good start at Valencia, the Mapfre Aspar rider ending the first day of testing on top of the timesheets. Local boy Terol, who has a corner named after him at the Valencia circuit, is always fast at the track, and Tuesday was no exception, the Spaniard ending in the top three in all three Moto2 sessions.Terol leads a group of Kalexes, Julian Simon's good form on the Italtrans bike continuing, ending ahead of 2012 Moto2 runner up Pol Espargaro. Espargaro, hotly tipped for the 2013 title, took his time getting up to speed, ending the first two sessions in 5th and 10th respectively, before pulling out a blistering lap at the end of the day to top the final session, and take 3rd overall. Scott Redding had a solid first day of testing at Valencia, the Marc VDS rider benefiting from the combined rider/weight limit, as it brings the lighter riders much closer to the combined weight of Redding and his Kalex Moto2 machine. Times among the Moto2 class are tight: under two tenths separate the top three, while the top ten are all within a second of Terol's best lap.

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