2011 Jerez Combined MotoGP And Moto2 Test Day 1 Unofficial Times: Moto2 Faster Than CRT Bikes, Matching WSBK

The weather in Jerez for the private test for a number of Moto2, MotoGP and WSBK teams looks like more than making up for the washed out test at Valencia last week, with the first day of testing taking place under blue skies and warm temperatures, conditions which look set to stay all week. The day saw a variety of bikes taking to the track, with Ducati's test team, a handful of top Moto2 teams, and another sprinkling of MotoGP CRT machines running alongside the BMW World Superbike squad. 

As it is a private test, no official times were released, but a raft of unofficial times were made available and assembled by the excellent Spanish site MotoWorld.es. Fastest man of the day - very unofficially - was Carlo Checa, the 2011 World Superbike champion gathering data with the "GPZero" version of the Desmosedici MotoGP bike, the aluminium-framed version of the GP12 with identical dimensions to the bike with the carbon fiber subframe and the engine as a stressed member. Unsurprisingly, Checa was 1.8 seconds faster than the Moto2 machines, Scott Redding having been quickest on the Marc VDS Racing Kalex, despite a morning crash which trashed his bike.

Much was made of Redding being faster on his 600cc Moto2 machine than Colin Edwards, the fastest of the CRT MotoGP machines. Redding was a whole second faster than Edwards, but the Marc VDS rider was also a tenth of a second quicker than Leon Haslam on the BMW S1000RR World Superbike machine. This was Edwards' first ride aboard the Suter BMW, and his first ride since surgery to fix his shoulder after the crash in Sepang less than four weeks ago. Edwards was seven tenths quicker than Ivan Silva, this time riding the FTR Kawasaki being run by the BQR team, rather than the Spanish Inmotec 800 he tested at Valencia. BQR teammate Yonny Hernandez was 1.6 seconds slower than Silva, and 2.3 seconds off the pace of Edwards.

Redding's adaptation to the Kalex Moto2 is going swimmingly. Apart from the crash in the morning, the young Briton has gotten quickly up to speed, and half a second faster than Pol Espargaro on the Pons Kalex bike, another rider who switched. Espargaro in turn was a tenth faster than his teammate Tito Rabat, who was tied with Redding's teammate Mika Kallio and Gino Rea, still testing for the Gresini Moto2 team, and still with nothing signed for 2012. Bradley Smith continued work on the 2012 Tech 3 machine, ending the day 1.2 seconds slower than his fellow Brit Redding, but ahead of 2010 Moto2 champion Toni Elias, the first of the Suter riders on the timesheets.

Unofficial times, courtesy of MotoWorld.es:

Pos Rider Bike Series Time Diff Previous
1 Carlos Checa Ducati GP12 MotoGP 1:41.0    
2 Scott Redding Kalex Moto2 1:42.8 1.8 1.8
3 Leon Haslam BMW S1000RR SBK 1:42.9 1.9 0.1
4 Pol Espargaró Kalex Moto2 1:43.3 2.3 0.4
5 Tito Rabat Kalex Moto2 1:43.8 2.8 0.5
6 Mika Kallio Kalex Moto2 1:43.8 2.8 0.0
7 Gino Rea Moriwaki Moto2 1:43.8 2.8 0.0
8 Colin Edwards Suter-BMW MotoGP 1:43.9 2.9 0.1
9 Bradley Smith Tech3 Moto2 1:44.0 3.0 0.1
10 Toni Elías Suter Moto2 1:44.2 3.2 0.2
11 Iván Silva FTR-Kawasaki MotoGP 1:44.6 3.6 0.4
12 Axel Pons Kalex Moto2 1:44.7 3.7 0.1
13 Nico Terol Suter Moto2 1:44.9 3.9 0.2
14 Yuki Takahashi Suter Moto2 1:44.9 3.9 0.0
15 Alex De Angelis Suter Moto2 1:44.9 3.9 0.0
16 Marco Melandri BMW S1000RR SBK 1:44.9 3.9 0.0
17 Yonny Hernández FTR-Kawasaki MotoGP 1:45.2 4.2 0.3
18 Xavier Simeon Tech3 Moto2 1:45.2 4.2 0.0

2011 MotoGP Pole: Casey Stoner, 1'38.757
2011 Moto2 Pole: Stefan Bradl, 1'42.706

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I wouldn't read too much into the times for the day, especially Edwards on the Suter - BMW, first time on the bike only 4 weeks from having surgery and also not having trained or ridden after the tragic accident in Sepang. I don't think that win is any closer for him 2012 but I note with interest that in spite of the aforementioned he's still quicker than Melandri on the WSBK BMW

Kallio mentioned that the times (released by teams themselves) need to be taken with a dose of salt as it is a sponsor deal time for a few teams.

Way too early to draw any hint of a conclusion,but something about this unnoficial timing/test,suggests Elias has found his way back home.

I have a question...

Bearing in mind Moto2 is soon to start its 3rd year, how do Scott Readings times today compare to the 1st time Moto2 bikes took to Jerez? Would be interesting to see how well those bikes have evolved in 2 years. Thanks

is what spec motors the different Moto2 bikes are running. Presumably those trying to impress sponsors will be running full WSS spec motors, while others will be closer to the spec motor.

The testing rules were changed, and Moto2 is now only allowed to test using the official Moto2 engines. I think, the wording is a little complicated.