Pons quickest in three-day Moto2 Jerez test
Axel Pons ended three days of official Moto2 pre-season testing at Jerez with the fastest lap overall.
The AGR Team rider had set the time of 1m41.730s during the first session of the second day of testing, and wound up the only participant to have dipped into the 1m41s.
Gresini Racing rider Sam Lowes, who is set to race for Aprilia in MotoGP in 2017, managed to close in on Pons, clocking the fastest lap of the final day in the final session, but was still 0.345s away from the Spaniard's time.
Lorenzo Baldassarri was third-quickest for the Forward Team, with 2015 Moto2 runner-up Alex Rins (Pons Racing) fourth, the duo both having set their best times in the final session of the test.
Wednesday pacesetter Thomas Luthi was fifth, while Interwetten teammate Dominique Aegerter took sixth.
Takaaki Nakagami (Honda Team Asia), Jonas Folger (Intact GP), Sandro Cortese (Intact GP) and Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) completed the combined top 10 of the test.
Overall, the top 12 was all filled by Kalex bikes.
The first of Speed Up bikes, that of factory rider Simone Corsi, was 13th, the Italian having set his quickest lap in the first session on Thursday.
Last year’s champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) was 14th, 1.222s off Pons’ time.
2015 Moto3 champion Danny Kent was 12th fastest for Leopard Racing, with teammate and former title rival Miguel Oliveira was down at 23rd.
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez’s younger brother Alex took 15th, with Maverick Vinales’ cousin Isaac in 26th.
|1||Axel Pons||AGR Team||1:41.730|
|2||Sam Lowes||Gresini Racing||0.345|
|3||Lorenzo Baldassarri||Forward Team||0.444|
|4||Alex Rins||Amarillas HP 40||0.456|
|5||Thomas Luthi||Garage Plus Interwetten||0.541|
|6||Dominique Aegerter||CarXpert Interwetten||0.593|
|7||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda Team Asia||0.642|
|8||Jonas Folger||Intact GP||0.658|
|9||Sandro Cortese||Intact GP||0.767|
|10||Marcel Schrotter||AGR Team||0.800|
|11||Luis Salom||SAG Team||0.965|
|12||Danny Kent||Leopard Racing||1.059|
|13||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||1.213|
|14||Johann Zarco||Ajo Motorsport||1.222|
|15||Alex Marquez||Marc VDS||1.223|
|16||Xavier Simeon||QMMF Racing Team||1.386|
|17||Edgar Pons||Amarillas HP 40||1.402|
|18||Franco Morbidelli||Marc VDS||1.425|
|19||Luca Marini||Forward Team||1.508|
|20||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3 Racing||1.599|
|21||Mattia Pasini||Italtrans Racing Team||1.621|
|22||Rattapark Wilairot||Honda Team Asia||1.767|
|23||Miguel Oliveira||Leopard Racing||1.890|
|24||Julian Simon||QMMF Racing Team||2.001|
|26||Hafizh Syahrin||Raceline Malaysia||2.372|
|27||Isaac Vinales||Tech 3 Racing||2.531|
|28||Robin Mulhauser||CarXpert Interwetten||2.608|
|29||Alessandro Tonucci||Tasca Racing Scuderia||3.984|
|30||Efren Vazquez||JPMoto Malaysia||4.898|
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