Luthi Quickest, Top 19 Covered By One Second As Jerez Test Ends

The third and final day of the Official Moto2™ and Moto3™ Jerez Test saw lap records tumble. In the intermediate class it was the experienced Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) who took top honours with a 1:40.326, with Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) leaving the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto as the man to beat in the intermediate class as the Japanese rider, John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) set scintillating 1:44s in Andalucia.

In Moto2™, Marco Bezzecchi’s (SKY Racing Team VR46) Thursday time saw the Italian take P2 in Andalucia, 0.122 behind Lüthi, with Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Nicolo Bulega completing the top three across the combined three days. On the third and final day at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, a total of 20 intermediate class riders improved their times from the opening couple of days as the sun shone once more. Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) was first out on track to get as much mileage on the board as possible, with he and the team doing less private testing that most of the other riders, while they spent most of Wednesday testing Kalex’s more “radical” 2020 chassis. The five-time race winner finished P14 overall after getting his lap time down to a 1:41.137 on Day 3.

Also on Day 3, Speed Up were seen testing a new front aero package, a big change to what we’ve seen from Speed Up in the past. Characteristically their riders have always suffered in terms of top speed, so it’s likely we’ll be seeing this breaking cover a lot more at the Qatar Test in one week’s time.

Casting back to the overall times and it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Tetsuta Nagashima who claimed P4, the Japanese rider improving on the final day to sit 0.344 off Lüthi’s benchmark. The impressive Aron Canet (Aspar Team) rounded out the top five as the Spanish rookie continues to seamlessly acclimatise to life as a Moto2™ rider. Canet ends the test as the leading rookie and non-Kalex rider – a job well done for the 20-year-old.

Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge finishes 0.066 off compatriot Canet in P6 with a best time of 1:40.776, with fellow Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Speed Up Racing) claiming seventh. Both he and teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio finished under half a second off Lüthi’s lap record, the Speed Up duo sit slightly ahead of Day 1 pacesetter Remy Gardner (Onexox TKKR SAG Team) and tenth best – and riding wounded – Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

In Moto3™, the final day in southern Spain saw the riders go into time attack mode as they aimed to see what their one-lap qualifying pace was like. The top three all set their 1:44s in the opening session of Friday, along with 14 other riders as Honda riders locked out the top five, Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) sitting 0.5 off Ogura’s time. And talking of the Japanese factory, their new Moto3™ machine made more of an appearance on Friday, with the biggest difference being the gearbox.

According to some KTM teams, the 2020 bike is much nimbler than the previous version and the leading Austrian factory rider was sixth place Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) a tenth behind in P7. Honda Team Asia’s Yuki Kunii joined his teammate inside the top 10 by finishing P8, a great job by the rookie who has Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) behind him in P9 and P10 respectively.

The Moto2™ and Moto3™ riders and teams will be putting in more hard graft over in Qatar on the 28th February – 2nd March, before the season proper gets underway on the 6th-8th March at the Losail International Circuit.

Day Three Test Results Moto2:

  1. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Kalex), 1:40.326
  2. Nicolo Bulega, Italy (Kalex), 1:40.661
  3. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (Kalex), 1:40.670
  4. Xavi Vierge, Spain (Kalex), 1:40.776
  5. Jorge Navarro, Spain (Speed Up), 1:40.809
  6. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy (Speed Up), 1:40.816
  7. Aron Canet, Spain (Speed Up), 1:40.898
  8. Jorge Martin, Spain (Kalex), 1:40.926
  9. Edgar Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.042
  10. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Kalex), 1:41.069
  11. Enea Bastianini, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.100
  12. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.137
  13. Bo Bendsneyder, Netherlands (NTS), 1:41.164
  14. Somkiat Chantra, Thailand (Kalex), 1:41.270
  15. Augusto Fernandez, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.273
  16. Luca Marini, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.360
  17. Remy Gardner, Australia (Kalex), 1:41.400
  18. Marco Bezzecchi, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.460
  19. Marcos Ramirez, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.540
  20. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (Speed Up), 1:41.569
  21. Joe Roberts, USA (Kalex), 1:41.621
  22. Simone Corsi, Italy (MV Agusta), 1:41.655
  23. Stefano Manzi, Italy (MV Agusta), 1:41.716
  24. Hector Garzo, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.793
  25. Jesko Raffin, Switzerland (NTS), 1:42.137
  26. Andi Farid Izdihar, Indonesia (Kalex), 1:42.230
  27. Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Italy (Kalex), 1:42.292
  28. Kama Daniel Bin Kasmayudi, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:46.339
  29. Jake Dixon, UK (Kalex), no time recorded on Day Three

Moto2 All-Time Lap Record: 1:41.182, Jorge Navarro

Moto2 Race Lap Record: 1:41.539, Lorenzo Baldassarri

Combined Test Results Moto2:

  1. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Kalex), 1:40.326
  2. Marco Bezzecchi, Italy (Kalex), 1:40.448
  3. Nicolo Bulega, Italy (Kalex), 1:40.661
  4. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (Kalex), 1:40.670
  5. Aron Canet, Spain (Speed Up), 1:40.710
  6. Xavi Vierge, Spain (Kalex), 1:40.776
  7. Jorge Navarro, Spain (Speed Up), 1:40.809
  8. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy (Speed Up), 1:40.816
  9. Remy Gardner, Australia (Kalex), 1:40.848
  10. Jorge Martin, Spain (Kalex), 1:40.907
  11. Edgar Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.042
  12. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Kalex), 1:41.069
  13. Enea Bastianini, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.100
  14. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.137
  15. Bo Bendsneyder, Netherlands (NTS), 1:41.164
  16. Luca Marini, Italy (Kalex), 1:41.232
  17. Somkiat Chantra, Thailand (Kalex), 1:41.270
  18. Augusto Fernandez, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.273
  19. Joe Roberts, USA (Kalex), 1:41.301
  20. Simone Corsi, Italy (MV Agusta), 1:41.476
  21. Marcos Ramirez, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.540
  22. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (Speed Up), 1:41.569
  23. Stefano Manzi, Italy (MV Agusta), 1:41.716
  24. Hector Garzo, Spain (Kalex), 1:41.793
  25. Jake Dixon, UK (Kalex), 1:42.131
  26. Jesko Raffin, Switzerland (NTS), 1:42.137
  27. Andi Farid Izdihar, Indonesia (Kalex), 1:42.230
  28. Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Italy (Kalex), 1:42.287
  29. Kama Daniel Bin Kasmayudi, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:46.339

Day Three Test Results Moto3:

  1. Ai Ogura JPN Honda Team Asia (Honda) 1’44.670
  2. John McPhee GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing (Honda) +0.050
  3. Gabriel Rodrigo ARG Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 (Honda) +0.314
  4. Tatsuki Suzuki JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse (Honda) +0.506
  5. Sergio Garcia SPA Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) +0.535
  6. Raul Fernandez SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) +0.602
  7. Albert Arenas SPA Aspar Team (KTM) +0.718
  8. Yuki Kunii JPN Honda Team Asia (Honda) +0.739
  9. Filip Salac CZE Rivacold Snipers Team (Honda) +0.788
  10. Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (KTM) +0.847
  11. Darryn Binder RSA CIP Green Power (KTM) +0.898
  12. Jeremy Alcoba SPA Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 (Honda) +0.915
  13. Dennis Foggia ITA Leopard Racing (Honda) +0.991
  14. Andrea Migno ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) +0.999
  15. Tony Arbolino ITA Rivacold Snipers Team (Honda) +1.071
  16. Kaito Toba JPN Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) +1.090
  17. Stefano Nepa ITA Aspar Team (KTM) +1.170
  18. Celestino Vietti ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) +1.304
  19. Jaume Masia SPA Leopard Racing (Honda) +1.341
  20. Ayumu Sasaki JPN Red Bull KTM Tech3 (KTM) +1.531
  21. Alonso Lopez SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team (Husqvarna) +1.588
  22. Ryusei Yamanaka JPN Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) +1.605
  23. Davide Pizzoli ITA BOE Skull Rider Facile.Energy (KTM) +1.612
  24. Khairul Idham Pawi MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing (Honda) +1.612
  25. Romano Fenati ITA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team (Husqvarna) +1.623
  26. Carlos Tatay SPA Reale Avintia Racing (KTM) +1.759
  27. Jason Dupasquier SWI CarXpert Pruestel GP (KTM) +2.275
  28. Riccardo Rossi ITA BOE Skull Rider Facile.Energy (KTM) +2.454
  29. Maximilian Kofler AUT CIP Green Power (KTM) +2.612
  30. Dirk Geiger GER CarXpert Pruestel GP (KTM) +3.426

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