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Feb 20, 2013

Pol Espargaro, Maverick Vinales Fastest On Day Two Of FIM Moto2/Moto3 Testing At Jerez

Nicolas Terol (18) was the fifth-quickest Moto2 rider overall Wednesday at Jerez.
FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship Test
Jerez, Spain
February 20, 2013
Day Two Best Times (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Pol Espargaro (Spain), Pons Kalex, 1:42.332
2. Takaaki Nakagami (Japan), Kalex, 1:42.631
3. Scott Redding (UK), Kalex, 1:42.849
4. Julian Simon (Spain), Kalex, 1:43.062
5. Nicolas Terol (Spain), Suter, 1:43.232
6. Esteve Rabat (Spain), Pons Kalex, 1:43.407
7. Mika Kallio (Finland), Kalex, 1:43.509
8. Jordi Torres (Spain), Suter, 1:43.549
9. Johann Zarco (France), Suter, 1:43.671
10. Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland), Suter, 1:43.757

1. Maverick Vinales (Spain), KTM, 1:46.805
2. Alex Rins (Spain), KTM, 1:46.811
3. Luis Salom (Spain), KTM, 1:47.109
4. Jonas Folger (Germany), Kalex KTM, 1:47.719
5. Miguel Oliveira (Portugal), Mahindra, 1:47.958
6. Juanfran Guevara (Spain), TSR Honda, 1:48.176
7. Brad Binder (South Africa), Suter Honda, 1:48.319
8. Efren Vazquez (Spain), Mahindra, 1:48.327
9. Danny Webb (UK), Suter Honda, 1:48.476
10. Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic), Kalex KTM, 1:48.699

More, from a press release issued by Aspar Team:


ASPAR rider fifth fastest in the dry, Torres maintains top ten promise in eighth

After a difficult opening day due to inclement weather Moto2 testing continued at Jerez today under welcome blue skies and in pleasant spring temperatures, making for ideal conditions that saw the 2011 circuit record of 1'42.706 set by current MotoGP star Stefan Bradl smashed. The day was again dominated by Spanish riders, who took three of the top five spots with Pol Espargaró leading the way, Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) and Scott Redding (GBR) also staking their claim for preseason superiority.

Between them the ASPAR Team's two riders completed no fewer than 144 laps, 64 by Nico Terol and 80 from Jordi Torres, as they tested a variety of set-up solutions. Terol was able to confirm his excellent form from last week's test at Valencia, setting a consistent pace in the 1'43s and finishing the day fifth fastest overall. Torres met his target of staying inside the top ten throughout preseason, despite completing his first dry laps of Jerez on Dunlop tyres. After struggling for rear grip in some areas the Spaniard put in a long stint at the end of the day to gather vital data about the British rubber.

5th Nico Terol 1.43.232 (64 laps): "Today has been a really good day. The weather was perfect but the track was damp this morning and we couldn't really get started until 1pm. The lap times came quickly though and I was able to set a consistent pace in the mid 1'43s, even though I struggled to go any faster than that. I am satisfied with our work today but determined to improve tomorrow. We improved every day at Valencia so that's the target here. Pol set an excellent lap but he already has a good base setting from last year so I imagine it wasn't difficult for him to find his pace early. I am happy with the way our team is working and I feel we have a large margin for improvement. As the day progressed we improved front feel under braking at various points around the track and worked on the geometry to find more stability, as well as finding a way to get on the gas earlier. I am happy to be fifth fastest today but hope to improve on that tomorrow."

8th Jordi Torres 1.43.549 (80 laps): "The conditions were perfect for us to work in today and we were able to spend a lot of time working on improving rear grip. We tried some different shock settings and played around with the ride height to try and find a bit more traction. During the hour reserved exclusively for Moto2 we put some fresh tyres on but one of them was faulty so we focused our work on the final session of the day and set about completing a 20-lap run. My fastest times came on the last two laps so it was obviously a constructive exercise in finding out more about how these tyres work. It seems daft but I have never ridden at Jerez on Dunlop before and I could really feel the difference."

More, from another press release issued by Aspar Team:


MAPFRE Aspar improves rear feeling and finishes fourth fastest on second day of Moto3 test

There were grey skies again at Jerez this morning but thankfully, unlike yesterday, the clouds shifted to make way for sunshine and ideal conditions for the second day of Moto3 preseason testing. Some overnight damp began to clear as soon as the riders took to the track from around 11am, from which point the timesheets were largely dominated by home favourites. The exception to the rule was Germany's Jonas Folger, one of four riders lapping within the same second in a tight lead bunch.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Folger's main focus today was finding more rear grip from his Kalex, largely through experimenting with suspension settings and ride height. The German's best lap came during an hour of practice reserved exclusively for the Moto3 class, when he was the fastest rider on track with a 1'47.719. On the other side of the MAPFRE Aspar garage Eric Granado continued his adaptation to the Moto3 class, the Brazilian also working on his position on the bike as he gathered crucial information ahead of his rookie season. The youngster finished up with the 19th fastest time, around 2.7 seconds off the day's quickest rider.

4th Jonas Folger 1.47.719 (46 laps): "The weather was much better today than yesterday and we were able to get some work done. We continued to focus on finding more rear traction and found a more positive setting that gave me more confidence. We did a lot of set-up work at Valencia without worrying about the lap times and here we have been able to reap the fruit of those efforts to an extent. We have worked on used tyres and fresh rubber and the feeling with the bike was great. We'll try to get a race simulation done tomorrow and see how consistent we can be with the set-up we found today. We are gradually closing the gap to the guys at the top so I am satisfied that we are doing a good job."

19th Eric Granado 1.49.534 (48 laps): "Today has been a fantastic day with perfect weather. We had to wait a little while to get out on track because the asphalt was damp from the overnight rain but we got down to work around lunchtime and played around with the ride height, geometry settings and suspension. We also got to test some different tyre compounds and as well as gathering a mountain of information the lap times were pretty good too. It's a steep learning curve but hopefully we get the right weather to stay on an upward trend tomorrow."