2014 Jerez Moto2 Test Day 1 Times: Nakagami Takes Charge

Takaaki Nakagami has topped the timesheets at the end of the first day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez. With the teams and riders having taken delivery of the 2014-spec Honda engines and ECU, the field got down to work on their race set up at the final test of the season ahead of the first race at Qatar.

Nakagami topped the timesheets in the two later sessions of the test, ending the day two tenths up on Tom Luthi, the Interwetten Paddock rider putting in a very solid performance during the preseason. Speed Up rider Sam Lowes continues to make outstanding progress on his Moto2 debut, the reigning World Supersport champion a third of a second off the time of Nakagami. Lowes' position also leaves three chassis makers in the top three, the Suter of Luthi and Speed Up of Lowes close to the Kalex of Nakagami.

Differing fortunes for the Moto2 rookies, Luis Salom ending the day in 4th, while Moto3 champion Maverick Viñales finished in 14th, a second off the pace of Nakagami. Viñales is still feeling the after effects of a crash at the last day of the previous test, but is fit enough to ride. Ricky Cardus made his debut replacing the injured Alex Marinelarena with the Tech 3 team.

The timesheets were not quite a true representation of the status quo in Moto2. Tito Rabat, Mika Kallio, Nico Terol and Jordi Torres are all absent, as the Marc VDS and Mapfre Aspar riders tested last week in Phillip Island.

Times at the end of day 1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Session
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.587     Session 2
2 12 Thomas Luthi Suter 1:42.790 0.203 0.203 Session 1
3 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 1:42.928 0.341 0.138 Session 3
4 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1:42.958 0.371 0.030 Session 3
5 15 Alex De Angelis Suter 1:43.019 0.432 0.061 Session 3
6 5 Johann Zarco Caterham Suter 1:43.141 0.554 0.122 Session 2
7 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Suter 1:43.299 0.712 0.158 Session 3
8 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1:43.368 0.781 0.069 Session 3
9 60 Julian Simon Kalex 1:43.441 0.854 0.073 Session 3
10 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:43.521 0.934 0.080 Session 1
11 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1:43.559 0.972 0.038 Session 3
12 3 Simone Corsi Forward Klx 1:43.564 0.977 0.005 Session 1
13 54 Mattia Pasini Forward Klx 1:43.579 0.992 0.015 Session 3
14 40 Maverick Viñales Kalex 1:43.666 1.079 0.087 Session 3
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:43.697 1.110 0.031 Session 3
16 19 Xavier Simeon Suter 1:43.704 1.117 0.007 Session 1
17 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1:43.758 1.171 0.054 Session 3
18 96 Louis Rossi Kalex 1:43.762 1.175 0.004 Session 3
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 1:43.972 1.385 0.210 Session 1
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:44.066 1.479 0.094 Session 3
21 95 Anthony West Speed Up 1:44.086 1.499 0.020 Session 1
22 2 Josh Herrin Caterham Suter 1:44.144 1.557 0.058 Session 3
23 8 Gino Rea Suter 1:44.274 1.687 0.130 Session 3
24 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 1:44.314 1.727 0.040 Session 3
25 97 Roman Ramos Speed Up 1:44.475 1.888 0.161 Session 1
26 4 Randy Krummenacher Suter 1:44.477 1.890 0.002 Session 1
27 70 Robin Mulhauser Suter 1:45.544 2.957 1.067 Session 3
28 88 Ricky Cardus Tech 3 1:45.831 3.244 0.287 Session 2
29 45 Tetsuta Nagashima TSR 1:45.889 3.302 0.058 Session 3
30 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 1:46.140 3.553 0.251 Session 3

 

Race Details
2014
Takaaki Nakagami has topped the timesheets at the end of the first day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez. With the teams and riders having taken delivery of the 2014-spec Honda engines and ECU, the field got down to work on their race set up at the final test of the season ahead of the first race at Qatar.Nakagami topped the timesheets in the two later sessions of the test, ending the day two tenths up on Tom Luthi, the Interwetten Paddock rider putting in a very solid performance during the preseason. Speed Up rider Sam Lowes continues to make outstanding progress on his Moto2 debut, the reigning World Supersport champion a third of a second off the time of Nakagami. Lowes' position also leaves three chassis makers in the top three, the Suter of Luthi and Speed Up of Lowes close to the Kalex of Nakagami.Differing fortunes for the Moto2 rookies, Luis Salom ending the day in 4th, while Moto3 champion Maverick Viñales finished in 14th, a second off the pace of Nakagami. Viñales is still feeling the after effects of a crash at the last day of the previous test, but is fit enough to ride. Ricky Cardus made his debut replacing the injured Alex Marinelarena with the Tech 3 team.

Comments

Maybe Sam

can hang something else over Sofuoglu and become a successful Moto2 rider!!!

Total votes: 15

Herrin

Does Zarco, and Herrin have the same machine? Looks like Josh is really struggling. Hopefully Nakagami can hold on to race leads this season.

Total votes: 10

Herrin

Bit unfair no? Has Herrin ever been to Jerez before? Zarco's been in the GP caravan for years by comparison

Total votes: 9

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