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Pons quickest in three-day Moto2 Jerez test

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Pons quickest in three-day Moto2 Jerez test
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Mar 4, 2016, 6:21 PM

Axel Pons ended three days of official Moto2 pre-season testing at Jerez with the fastest lap overall.

Alex Rins, Paginas Amarillas HP 40
Lorenzo Baldassari, Forward Racing
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Sam Lowes, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
Edgar Pons, Paginas Amarillas HP 40
Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing Team
Sam Lowes, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
Alex Rins, Paginas Amarillas HP 40
Lorenzo Baldassari, Forward Racing
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Edgar Pons, Paginas Amarillas HP 40

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.

Combined times:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
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
25 Jesko Rafin EMWE-SAG 2.194
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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