As the sun came down on day three of Moto2 testing in Jerez, the Union Flag was atop of the timesheets as Sam Lowes put down the fastest time of the day but he wasn’t able to snatch the title of fastest lap of the test.
Axel Pons’ lap time of 1’41.730 set on Thursday couldn’t be beaten by the Brit but he did his best on a day which began in overcast conditions which were far from conducive to lapping at record pace. Initially there was a only a very lonely looking Efron Vazquez on his JPMoto Malaysia machine out on the tarmac as heavy fog descended over the Spanish circuit in the morning session.
However, as the day wore on a steady stream of riders could be seen leaving their garages and it was in session two where Lowes set down the marker for the others to beat on his Federal Oil Gresini Moto2. Pons was in no position to challenge the time set by Lowes on the final day of the test after crashing shortly after setting the fastest lap of the test on Thursday.
Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri was third fastest in the test, with the top three riders all crossing the line under the Moto2 race lap record set by Stefan Bradl four years ago.
Fourth fastest overall was Alex Rins who recorded a 1’42.186s lap on his Paginas Amarillas HP 40’s Kalex on the final day, with fifth fastest going to Tom Luthi’s (Garage Plus Interwetten), his lap time of 1’42.271 from the first day was his best over the three days.
Leopard Racing’s current Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent, continues to get to grips with the step back into the intermediate class as he set a time of 1’42.789 to give him the 12th best time over the test.
The teams and riders in Moto2 have one final test at Qatar before the season gets underway from the 11th to 13th of March before the 2016 season begins at the same circuit just a few days later.
Top 5 lap times..
- Axel Pons 1’41.730,
- Sam Lowes 1’42.075,
- Lorenzo Baldessarri 1’42.174,
- Alex Rins 1’42.186,
- Thomas Luthi 1’42.271