2011 Valencia Moto2 Test Day 3 Results: Rea And Corti Top Damp Day Of Testing

Gino Rea has topped the timesheets on the final day of testing at Valencia, taking advantage of the dry track during the morning session, before the rain came to stop play. The Londoner had been fastest on the previous day, when only a few riders were out on track due to the heavy rain, and having been fastest on the Friday and impressive on Wednesday, Rea looks set to secure a ride in Moto2 next year. The details are yet to be finalized, but Rea is inching closer to a contract with Gresini to race the Moriwaki, with backing from the Crimean circuit which supported his strong year in World Supersport in 2011.

Italtrans' Claudio Corti was the only rider to match the pace of Rea, the Italian trying out the Kalex as well as the Suter he raced last season. The Marc VDS Racing duo of Scott Redding and Mika Kallio were 3rd and 4th, Marc VDS already having made the switch to Kalex after the 2011 season ended. The German-built chassis was extremely popular, with Andrea Iannone also giving the Kalex a whirl to compare it to the FTR his team is due to run in 2012.

The test also saw the return of Toni Elias. The 2010 Moto2 World Champion signed a deal with the Aspar team to race alongside Nico Terol next season, but took a little while to get back up to speed, ending the day 1.9 seconds slower than Rea and Corti. With Elias returning to Moto2, Aleix Espargaro, who has already signed a contract with Aspar, looks set to be promoted to Aspar's CRT effort in MotoGP riding an Aprilia. He is likely to be joined by Frenchman Randy de Puniet, who put in some laps today on the Bridgestone-shod Aprilia RSV4. No times were released for De Puniet, and no comment was available, though Jose Maroto of Motociclismo magazine posted on Twitter that Jorge Martinez was highly enthusiastic about De Puniet, and he was top of the Aspar team's list to fill the CRT ride in MotoGP.

Unofficial times, courtesy of the Circuit de Valencia:

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Gino Rea Gresini Moriwaki 1:36.4    
2 Claudio Corti Italtrans Kalex/Suter 1:36.4 0.0 0.0
3 Scott Redding Marc VDS Kalex 1:36.8 0.4 0.4
4 Mika Kallio Marc VDS Kalex 1:37.1 0.7 0.3
5 Andrea Iannone Speed Master FTR 1:37.4 1.0 0.3
6 Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Suter 1:37.5 1.1 0.1
7 Toni Elías Team Aspar Suter 1:38.3 1.9 0.8
8 Johann Zarco JiR Motobi 1:38.3 1.9 0.0
9 Nico Terol Team Aspar Suter 1:39.0 2.6 0.7
10 Robert Locatelli Italtrans Suter 1:39.6 3.2 0.6


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am I on the wrong track or given the large number of defections from the suter chassis, are they getting their just deserts for the support they DIDN'T give to the majority of teams last year? happy if this is the case - their tactics smacked of tyre companies of old giving the specials to only the chosen few.
just wondering.... ;)

If he can be up at the front, that is going to be fun to watch! That boy gets loooose on the bike. Hopefully he has matured some and can stay rubber side down a bit more.

Watching him get both tires off the ground while violently flicking it left to right through a tight chicane (at Nurburgring?) was awesome... of course, he crashed, but he pushes! Fun to watch.

I'd kill to find out what times DePuniet posted. His times would tell us so much about the CRT experiment and its viability.