Digital Edition Subscribers: Read Roadracing World Magazine Now >
Roadracing - An Online Service of Roadracing World Magazine
Feb 19, 2013

Terol, Webb Lead First Day Of FIM Moto2/Moto3 Testing At Jerez

Nico Terol (18).
FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship Test
Jerez, Spain
February 19, 2013
Day One Best Times (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Nicolas Terol (Spain), Suter, 1:53.831
2. Simone Corsi (Italy), Speed Up, 1:53.999
3. Julian Simon (Spain), Kalex, 1:54.468
4. Pol Espargaro (Spain), Pons Kalex, 1:54.493
5. Scott Redding (UK), Kalex, 1:54.571
6. Johann Zarco (France), Suter, 1:54.833
7. Mika Kallio (Finland), Kalex, 1:54.986
8. Ricky Cardus (Spain), Speed Up, 1:54.989
9. Jordi Torres (Spain), Suter, 1:55.101
10. Esteve Rabat (Spain), Pons Kalex, 1:55.241

1. Danny Webb (UK), Suter Honda, 1:56.924
2. Brad Binder (South Africa), Suter Honda, 1:57.351
3. Jack Miller (Australia), FTR Honda, 1:57.383
4. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia), KTM, 1:57.512
5. Luis Salom (Spain), KTM, 1:57.881
6. Jonas Folger (Germany), Kalex KTM, 1:57.904
7. Maverick Vinales (Spain), KTM, 1:57.994
8. Miguel Oliveira (Portugal), Mahindra, 1:58.475
9. Arthur Sissis (Australia), KTM, 1:58.573
10. John McPhee (UK), FTR Honda, 1:58.655

More, from a press release issued by Aspar Team:


ASPAR Team rider goes fastest in opening day of testing at Jerez, whilst Jordi Torres clocks ninth best time

Five days after concluding the first test of the year in Valencia, the Moto2 and Moto3 riders were reunited once again today at Jerez. This week sees three days of testing in Southern Spain, running until Thursday. Rain heavily affected proceedings, as it left the track wet enough to not provide regular riding conditions. Nevertheless, three Spaniards were once again at the top of the timesheets: Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and Julián Simón.

For the second consecutive test, ASPAR Team rider Nico Terol kicked things off with the fastest time. The Spaniard has had a great start to the preseason, showing that he is one of the men to watch in Moto2 this year. Today he was the fastest on the damp track, stopping the clock in 1'53.831 during the Moto2-only session. He concluded his day's work at around 4:30pm.

Teammate Jordi Torres also showed an excellent level in difficult conditions. Just like Terol, Torres began riding from noon until around 4pm, completing 56 laps with a best time of 1'55.101. Torres also experimented with rear end setup, as he looked to gain traction on a wet track.

1º Nico Terol 1.53.831 (45 laps): "I am very happy, because I felt very good riding in the wet today with my new Suter chassis. At the start of the day I took things calmly, but later on I easily picked up the pace. In fact, in the Moto2-only session I felt so comfortable that I pushed hard to see how far I could go. I of course left room for error and didn't take unnecessary risks. Afterwards we decided not to go out in the final combined session. Last week we started well in Valencia, today we were back in front despite the rain, so I am satisfied. I feel good and I intend to continue like this. In any case, we have to keep our feet on the ground continue with our working method and focus on getting used to the developments. I hope that tomorrow we can ride in the dry and that our magnificent feeling continues."

9º Jordi Torres 1.55.101 (56 laps): "This morning we began with a wet setup, as we knew that the conditions were not going to vary all day. It was good for me, to have a day in wet conditions and test out my feeling on the bike. In the morning we lost a lot of rear grip under braking, so we worked on resolving that issue. At the end of the morning we had found a way, improved considerably and finished third fastest. In the Moto2-only session we made a radical change to try and get even more rear grip, but I preferred the way that we used in the morning. We stopped at 4pm, the mechanics are now putting on the old chassis and tomorrow we will do a few tests with that. The forecast is dry, so let's hope that it's right."

More, from another press release issued by Aspar Team:

MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger takes sixth best time at Jerez, whilst teammate Eric Granado makes maiden wet Moto3 run

A grey day in Jerez, full of intermittent showers and gusty winds, kicked off the first of three days of testing in Southern Spain. The Moto3 riders had moved on from Valencia to Jerez for this latest test, which runs through to Thursday. The wet track allowed plenty of special adjustments for the conditions, in terms of riding and setup. The best time went to Danny Webb, followed by Brad Binder and Jack Miller. The track was open from 10am until 6pm, and the majority of riders defied the conditions to use almost all of the allotted time.

Just as in Valencia, MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger was one of the men to beat in Moto3, taking the sixth best time of the day. The German had planned a day of small adjustments, focusing on the rear of his machine in a search for traction. On the penultimate of his 53 laps he took his best time of the day, a 1'57.904.

Teammate Eric Granado rode a Moto3 bike in the wet for the first time today. The Brazilian also felt good, concluding twelfth and making the most of every minute out on track.

6th Jonas Folger 1.57.904 (53 laps): "The weather was pretty bad today. It spent the whole day raining and then stopping. Nevertheless, we were able to work on many things. Basically, we started with a base wet weather setting and focused on improving rear feeling. We took small steps forward during the day and were able to make a big leap forward in the final run. The improvement came after modifying the suspension firmness on the rear and changing the riding position. I felt a lot more grip at the end of the day, which allowed me to ride quicker and more confidently. I am very happy, and I think that we have found a solution in the wet that can be very useful in the future."

12th Eric Granado 1.59.098 (49 laps): "Today was a different day to all of my previous ones on a Moto3 bike. I rode in the wet with this bike for the first time. We had waited before going out this morning, but then we saw people riding without any problems and that there was little risk, so we got to work. We used last year's bike and really didn't focus on anything in particular, instead looking to get a feel for the wet track. This was a good day for me, because I gained a lot of confidence in these conditions. I am happy with learning a lot without taking any risks."