Moto2/3: Zarco & Quartararo fastest in Jerez test

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 20 Feb 2015


Lowes was happy with his new parts

Frenchman Johann Zarco topped the timesheets in this week’s Moto2 test at Jerez ahead of Britain’s Sam Lowes and defending champion Tito Rabat.

Zarco’s fastest lap, set on the final day, was 1’42.121, just 0.044 seconds quicker than Lowes in second place. The Briton’s pace was all the more impressive considering he was testing a selection of new parts with his Speed Up team, including the aluminium swing arm he’d been asking for most of last season.

Axel Pons set the fourth fastest time for the AGR Team ahead of Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese. Jonas Folger was seventh ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri with Alex Rins and Thomas Luthi rounding out the top ten, which was covered by just 0.9 secs.

Moto3 World Champion Alex Marquez continues to gets to grips with Moto2 and the Marc VDS team, he set the sixteenth fastest time just 1.13 seconds off Zarco’s fastest lap. 

Moto2 Valencia Test Combined Times 

  1. J. ZARCO – Ajo Motorsport – 1’42.121
  2. S. LOWES – Speed Up Racing – 1’42.165
  3. E. RABAT – Marc VDS Racing – 1’42.392
  4. A. PONS – AGR Team – 1’42.410
  5. L. SALOM – Paginas Amarillas HP 40 – 1’42.484
  6. S. CORTESE – Dynavolt Intact GP – 1’42.566
  7. J. FOLGER – AGR Team – 1’42.625
  8. L. BALDASSARRI – Forward Racing Team – 1’42.880
  9. A. RINS – Paginas Amarillas HP 40 – 1’42.927
  10. T. LUTHI - Derendinger Racing Interwetten - 1'42.980


Quartararo continues to impress

The Moto3 boys were also out in action, rookie Fabio Quartararo impressed once again by posting the fastest time (1’45.580) ahead of Mahindra’s Jorge Martin and Briton Danny Kent, who switches to Honda power this season. 

Niccolo Antonelli was fourth fastest ahead of John McPhee, whose time of 1.46.306 saw two Brits in the top five. Spaniard Jorge Navarro was sicth ahead of Karel Hanika and Hiroki Ono.

Juanfran Guevara and Francesco Bagnaia rounded out the top ten. 

Both Moto2 and Moto3 categories now have just one more test, again in Jerez, ahead of the 2015 season kicking off in Qatar at the end of next month. 

Moto3 Valencia Test Combined Times

  1. F. QUATARARO – Estrella Galicia 0.0 – 1’45.580
  2. J. MARTIN – Mapfre Mahindra Team – 1’45.593
  3. D. KENT – Leopard Racing – 1’45.964
  4. N. ANTONELLI – Ongetta-Rivacold – 1’46.043
  5. J. MCPHEE – Saxoprint-RTG – 1’46.306
  6. J. NAVARRO – Estrella Galicia 0,0 – 1;46.338
  7. K. HANIKA – Red Bull KTM Ajo – 1’46.247
  8. H. ONO – Leopard Racing – 1’46.464
  9. J. GUEVERA – Mapfre Mahindra Team – 1’46.501
  10. F. BAGNAIA - Mapfre Mahindra Team - 1'46.541

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