Jerez Moto2 test: Rain leaves Lowes on top in Spain

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Britain’s Sam Lowes finished the Jerez Moto2 test at the top of the timesheet after rain in Spain today meant his fastest lap from yesterday’s was not bettered.

Lowes, and team-mate Iker Lecuona, were both on lap record pace yesterday with the former Supersport champion going underneath Alex Marquez’ lap record on his Swiss Investors KTM.

The rain also meant former Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) could continue the KTM dominance in third place to complete a strong showing from the Austrian manufacturer on. However, the South African’s time was matched identically by the fastest man on the opening day, Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46), with the times bumping the Italian down to fourth due to Binder’s second fastest time being quicker than that of the 2017 Moto2 Rookie of the Year.

Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) looks to have settled in well on his Kalex machine after a number of season on the Tech3 machine, and the Spaniard’s quickest time was good enough for fifth. Alex Marquez followed closely behind in sixth as the lone rider in the EG 0,0 Marc VDS box with reigning Moto3™ Joan Mir sitting out the test due to a training accident.

Romano Fenati (Marinelli Sniper Team) put in another impressive display on a track where he has won twice before in the Moto3 class to finish seventh on combined times. One of the pre-season title favourites Miguel Oliveira was next along on his Red Bull KTM Ajo machine, just ahead of veteran Italian Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team). SKY Racing Team VR46 secured two riders in the top 10 with Luca Marini rounding out the first third of the 30 strong field.

The resurfaced circuit has seen lap times tumbling compared to recent Grands Prix and the top 13 riders were under the 2017 circuit record of Moto2 World Champion Franco Morbidelli, including 2018 rookie Bo Bendsneyder (Tech 3 Racing) in 13th. Danny Kent ended his test in 14th place, seventh-tenths off the pace.

Hector Barbera continued his return to the intermediate class in 21st, three places ahead of current European Moto2 Champion Eric Granado (Forward Racing Team).

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Combined test times

1 Sam LOWES KTM 1:41.823 Day 2 Session 2
2 Iker LECUONA KTM 1:41.960 0.137 0.137 Day 2 Session 2
3 Brad BINDER KTM 1:42.011 0.188 0.051 Day 2 Session 2
4 Francesco BAGNAIA KALEX 1:42.011 0.188 0.116 Day 2 Session 3
5 Xavi VIERGE KALEX 1:42.127 0.304 0.034 Day 2 Session 3
6 Alex MARQUEZ KALEX 1:42.161 0.338 0.207 Day 2 Session 2
7 Romano FENATI KALEX 1:42.368 0.545 0.027 Day 2 Session 2
8 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1:42.395 0.572 0.007 Day 2 Session 2
9 Mattia PASINI KALEX 1:42.402 0.579 0.07 Day 2 Session 2
10 Luca MARINI KALEX 1:42.472 0.649 0.026 Day 2 Session 1
11 Lorenzo BALDASSARI KALEX 1:42.498 0.675 0.023 Day 2 Session 2
12 Jorge NAVARRO KALEX 1:42.521 0.698 0.007 Day 2 Session 2
13 Bo BENDSNEYDER TECH 3 1:42.528 0.705 0.061 Day 2 Session 2
14 Danny KENT SPEED UP 1:42.589 0.766 0.05 Day 2 Session 2
15 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX 1:42.639 0.816 0.015 Day 2 Session 2
16 Fabio QUARTARARO SPEED UP 1:42.654 0.831 0.049 Day 2 Session 2
17 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1:42.703 0.88 0.039 Day 2 Session 2
18 Remy GARDNER TECH 3 1:42.742 0.919 0.038 Day 2 Session 2
19 Simone CORSI KALEX 1:42.780 0.957 0.03 Day 2 Session 2
20 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1:42.810 0.987 0.188 Day 2 Session 2
21 Hector BARBERA KALEX 1:42.998 1.175 0.032 Day 2 Session 2
22 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX 1:43.030 1.207 0.115 Day 2 Session 2
23 Andrea LOCATELLI KALEX 1:43.145 1.322 0.088 Day 2 Session 2
24 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1:43.233 1.41 0.079 Day 2 Session 2
25 Eric GRANADO SUTER 1:43.312 1.489 0.116 Day 2 Session 2
26 Khairul IDHAM PAWI KALEX 1:43.428 1.605 0.297 Day 2 Session 2
27 Stefano MANZI SUTER 1:43.725 1.902 0.751 Day 2 Session 2
28 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KALEX 1:44.476 2.653 0.145 Day 2 Session 2
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