Jerez Test: Kallio and Miller on top

Posted: 21 Feb 2014

The second official pre-season Moto2/3 test came to a conclusion yesterday at Jerez and despite some iffy weather, riders managed to enjoy most of the three days on track.


Kallio topped the Moto2 vouchers

In Moto2, once again it was MarcVDS on top, this time with Mika Kallio who posted a time of 1’42.169 late on Thursday to go 0.064 faster than team mate Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat.

Thomas Luthi set the third fastest time, just eight hundredths from Kallio’s fastest time. Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami was fourth with Alex De Angelis setting the fifth fastest time, over half a second from the front.

2012 Moto3 Champion Sandro Cortese set the sixth fastest time followed by reigning World Supersport Champion, Sam Lowes in an impressive seventh. Fausto Gresini’s pairing of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Xavier Simeon set the eighth and ninth fastest times respectively with Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi rounding out the top ten.

Maverick Vinales, who had shown considerable speed in the first few days of the test suffered a huge crash towards the end of the second day while Britain’s Gino Rea was absent from the test after injuring his foot in Valencia last week.

Top 10:
1) M KALLIO – Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex – 1’42.169
2) T RABAT – Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex – 1’42.233
3) T LUTHI – Interwetten Paddock Moto2, Suter – 1’42.254
4) T. NAKAGAMI – Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, Kalex – 1’42.465
5) A. DE ANGELIS – Tasca Racing Moto2, Suter, 1’42.847
6) S. CORTESE – Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex – 1’42.850
7) S. LOWES – Speed Up, Speed Up – 1’42.851
8) L. BALDASSARRI – Gresini Moto2, Suter – 1’42.923
9) X. SIMEON – Gresini Moto2, Suter – 1’42.925
10) S. CORSI – NGM Forward Racing, Forward KLX – 1’43.014


Miller topped the Moto3 time sheets

In Moto3 it was the Red Bull KTM on top with Jack Miller setting the fastest time of 1’46.046. Czech rider, Jakub Kornfeil was second just two tenths from the Australian’s time. Fastest last week in Valencia, Niccolo Antonelli remained at the sharp end in Jerez setting the third fastest time.

Moto3 rookie Karel Hanika impressed on his Red Bull KTM, setting the fourth fastest time overall ahead of Husqvarna’s Danny Kent in fifth. Sky Racing VR46 rider Romano Fenati was sixth ahead of Niklas Ajo and Francesco Bagnaia.

It’s still not good news for Honda with their fastest rider, Alex Marquez only managing to secure the ninth fastest time ahead of Isaac Vinales on the Calvo KTM.

Top 10:
1) J. MILLER – Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM – 1’46.046
2) J. KORNFEIL – Calvo Team, KTM – 1’46.256
3) N. ANTONELLI – Go&FUN Gresini, KTM – 1’46.452
4) K. HANIKA – Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM – 1’46.452
5) D. KENT – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo, Husqvarna – 1’46.646
6) R. FENATI – Sky Racing Team by VR46, KTM – 1’46.650
7) N. AJO – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo , Husqvarna – 1’46.658
8) F. BAGNAIA – Sky Racing Team by VR46, KTM – 1’46.674
9) A. MARQUEZ – Estrella Galicia 0.0, Honda – 1’46.882
10) I. VINALES – Calvo Team, KTM – 1’46.899