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Feb 18, 2014

Rabat Quickest On First Day Of Moto2 Testing At Jerez

FIM Moto2 World Championship

Jerez, Spain

February 18, 2014

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

1. Esteve Rabat, Spain (Kalex), 1:42.747

2. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Suter), 1:42.989

3. Mika Kallio, Finland (Kalex), 1:43.320

4. Sam Lowes, UK (Speed Up), 1:43.449

5. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.544

6. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Kalex), 1:43.570

7. Sandro Cortese, Germany (Kalex), 1:43.634

8. Julian Simon, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.695

9. Simone Corsi, Italy (Forward KLX), 1:43.748

10. Luis Salom, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.793

11. Alex De Angelis, San Marino (Suter), 1:43.841

12. Anthony West, Australia (Speed Up), 1:44.178

13. Xavier Simeon, Belgium (Suter), 1:44.226

14. Johann Zarco, France (Caterham Suter), 1:44.283

15. Dominique Aegerter, Switzerland (Suter), 1:44.338

16. Mattia Pasini, Italy (Forward KLX), 1:44.348

17. Nico Terol, Spain (Suter), 1:44.394

18. Axel Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:44.412

19. Alex Marinelarena, Spain (Tech 3), 1:44.499

20. Louis Rossi, France (Kalex), 1:44.518

21. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:44.553

22. Randy Krummenacher, Switzerland (Suter), 1:44.596

23. Jonas Folger, Germany (Kalex), 1:44.601

24. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Kalex), 1:44.617

25. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy (Suter), 1:44.912

26. Josh Herrin, USA (Caterham Suter), 1:44.951

27. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Tech 3), 1:45.112

28. Roman Ramos, Spain (Speed Up), 1:45.209

29. Azlan Shah, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:45.298

30. Jordi Torres, Spain (Suter), 1:45.743

31. Thitipong Warokorn, Thailand (Kalex), 1:46.027

32. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (TSR), 1:46.378

33. Robin Mulhauser, Switzerland (Suter), 1:46.770

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

Jerez hosts second official Moto2 test of 2014

Circuit of Jerez, 18th February 2014

Circuit Length: 4.423km

Bike # 5 – Johann Zarco, best time – 1:44.283

Bike # 2 – Josh Herrin, best time – 1:44.951

Weather: air temperature 19°C (wet / dry) / track temperature 25°C max

The second official Moto2 test got underway today at the Circuit of Jerez.

With rain over night causing difficult conditions, the first of a three day test schedule saw a slow start to the morning sessions with only a handful of riders heading out on track.

Not deterred by the damp, Johann Zarco led the way as the first man out around the 2.7 mile circuit.

As the sun arrived and conditions improved the Frenchman continued to progress ending the morning sessions in P3, just 0.254 off leader Esteve Rabat.

Moto2 rookie Josh Herrin chose to wait out the damp and difficult conditions in order to focus his attentions on a dry set-up and achieving a time of 1:44.951 in the last of the afternoon’s sessions.

Johann Zarco: “This morning I felt it was important to ride in the wet. It is necessary to test in these conditions to be able to gain information on the suspension, let the team see how the Caterham Suter performs and try and find a base set-up.

“As the track began to dry we were able to put in slick tyres and made a good modification on the front fork. This was the best moment as my feeling on the bike was good. It was only sliding with the rear but I improved my entrance into the corner and was able to maintain speed, so I was happy.

“Tomorrow I hope we will have good conditions so that we can continue to progress with our settings and find the right balance.”

Josh Herrin: “After lunch the track conditions improved and we were able to work on getting a good set up for the rest of the test.

“As Jerez is one of the GP tracks that I have experience of, I would like to concentrate on improving my lap times here and getting closer to the front.”