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Feb 19, 2014

Luthi Fastest, Herrin 22nd On Day Two Of Moto2 Testing At Jerez

Josh Herrin (2) shaved 1.2 seconds from his fastest time on Day Two at Jerez. Photo courtesy of Caterham Moto Racing.

FIM Moto2 World Championship

Jerez, Spain

February 19, 2014

Day Two Test Times (all using Honda engines and Dunlop tires):

1. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Suter), 1:42.515

2. Esteve Rabat, Spain (Kalex), 1:42.610

3. Mika Kallio, Finland (Kalex), 1:42.648

4. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Kalex), 1:42.873

5. Alex De Angelis, San Marino (Suter), 1:43.076

6. Sam Lowes, UK (Speed Up), 1:43.096

7. Julian Simon, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.183

8. Sandro Cortese, Germany (Kalex), 1:43.201

9. Johann Zarco, France (Caterham Suter), 1:43.216

10. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.226

11. Jonas Folger, Germany (Kalex), 1:43.269

12. Xavier Simeon, Belgium (Suter), 1:43.387

13. Luis Salom, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.389

14. Simone Corsi, Italy (Forward KLX), 1:43.432

15.  Axel Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.522

16. Dominique Aegerter, Switzerland (Suter), 1:43.585

17. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy (Suter), 1:43.598

18. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Kalex), 1:43.618

19. Jordi Torres, Spain (Suter), 1:43.663

20. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Tech 3), 1:43.668

21. Nico Terol, Spain (Suter), 1:43.669

22. Josh Herrin, USA (Caterham Suter), 1:43.732

23. Alex Marinelarena, Spain (Tech 3), 1:43.834

24. Louis Rossi, France (Kalex), 1:43.963

25. Anthony West, Australia (Speed Up), 1:43.993

26. Mattia Pasini, Italy (Forward KLX), 1:44.006

27. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:44.201

28. Randy Krummenacher, Switzerland (Suter), 1:44.474

29. Roman Ramos, Spain (Speed Up), 1:44.530

30. Azlan Shah, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:44.693

31. Thitipong Warokorn, Thailand (Kalex), 1:45.110

32. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (TSR), 1:45.340

33. Robin Mulhauser, Switzerland (Suter), 1:45.681



More, from a press release issued by Caterham Moto2 Team:

Moto2 pre-season testing continues on day two in Jerez

Circuit of Jerez, 19th February 2014

Circuit Length: 4.423km

Bike # 5 – Johann Zarco, (112 laps) best time – 1:43.216

Bike # 2 – Josh Herrin, (64 laps) best time – 1:43.732

Weather: air temperature 25°C (dry) / track temperature 31°C max

The Caterham Moto Racing team were back on track today for the second day of testing in Jerez.

With dry weather conditions the first Moto2 / Moto3 combined session saw a prompt drop in times as 33 riders headed out to take advantage of the increased surface grip.

Johann Zarco was one of the first to improve his time achieving a 1:43.719 on his sixth lap. Focussing his attentions on staying with the leaders Zarco didn’t stop there and finished the second day with a personal best of 1:43.216 just 0.701 off P1.

A small crash on turn seven hindered Josh Herrin’s initial improvement in the morning’s session. Escaping unhurt and with little damage to the bike, the mechanics swiftly got to work on the #2 Caterham Suter, before the Moto2 rookie took back to the track to put in an impressive final time of 1:43.732.

Johann Zarco: “All the team are happy today as we are improving as planned and the gap to the front is becoming smaller. For sure we still have some work to do to become faster and understand the geometry of the chassis better, but step by step we are setting up the bike well.

“We did many laps today and I felt good on the Caterham Suter. I hope tomorrow the dry weather lasts and we can continue going forward.”

Josh Herrin: “This morning I had a small crash as I was waiting to follow someone and let the tyres cool down too much. Luckily there wasn’t much damage and I was able to head back out pretty quickly.

“Today I managed to do 43’s consistently so I’m pleased with that and looking forward to tomorrow.” 



More, from a press release issued by Gresini Moto2 Team:

SIMEON LOOKING FOR MORE REAR GRIP AT JEREZ. BALDASSARRI ON A STEEP LEARNING CURVE

The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon continued today at Jerez Circuit their work in preparation for the 2014 season: after missing Almeria and Valencia testing sessions, Simeon was back in action only yesterday, and completed almost 100 laps today, finding at the end of the day a good set-up of his 2014 Suter. 1’43”387 his best lap of the day, which lowers by almost a second the lap time obtained yesterday.

As happened in the previous tests on Spanish soil, even in Jerez Lorenzo Baldassarri continued to show a steady improvement: the Italian, 56 laps for him today, set a great 1’43”598, making him one of the fastest Moto2 “rookies” on track.

Action will resume tomorrow for the third and final day of testing at the Andalusian track.

XAVIER SIMEON (1'43"387 - 95 LAPS)

“It’s been a very useful day of testing, because we found a good set-up from which to start tomorrow. Unfortunately, at the beginning my feeling during acceleration was bad and my lap times were always the same, either with new tyre or used. But then, working on the rear, we found more grip and the situation at the end of the day improved, and as a result even lap times dropped a bit. We can certainly do better, and tomorrow we'll try to do it!”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (1'43"598 - 56 LAPS)

“I’m very satisfied, mainly because I was able to run at a good pace even when I was alone on the track, without other riders in front of me. Today I can say that we have taken another step forward: my riding style is now more profitable in both corner entry and acceleration. In the afternoon I did only a few laps trying not to fatigue myself: in fact we are planning a race simulation for tomorrow”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Siméon in this second day began to ride at a good pace: we must not forget that he missed the first two tests of 2014, therefore he needs to close a certain gap from his rivals, but he’s catching up in the right way and we are convinced that tomorrow he will improve again his lap times. I am also very pleased with the growth of Baldassarri, who has been able to consistently set good lap times for a rookie. We need positive days like this one: the important thing now is to continue in this direction”.