2012 IRTA Moto2 Jerez Test Day 3 Times - Corti Edges Luthi

Claudio Corti has ended the final three-day Moto2 test of the 2012 preseason on top of the pile, setting the fastest time on Wednesday, and just edging ahead of Thomas Luthi. Pol Espargaro was 3rd fastest, under two tenths slower than Luthi, and about the same ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Mika Kallio, while Marc Marquez ended the test in 5th.

Conditions were ideal for the final day of the test, with the wind that had plagued the riders on Tuesday gone, though that did not prevent the riders from falling. Randy Krummenacher, Takaaki Nakagami, Gresini teammate Ratthapark Wilairot and Gino Rea, and Tech 3's Bradley Smith all hit the tarmac, with Smith's crash sufficient to bring out the red flags.

The improved conditions also meant that most riders set their best time on the final day of the test. Scott Redding was the only rider in the top 10 incapable of improving on his time on Wednesday, though his time from Tuesday was good enough to put him 7th overall. But the pace was positively blistering: Corti's time of 1:41.983 is nearly three quarters of a second faster than the pole record held by Stefan Bradl from last year.

The riders now pack up and head off to Qatar for the season opener on April 8th.

Results of Day 3:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Claudio CORTI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:41.983    
2 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten Paddock Suter 1:41.987 0.004 0.004
3 Pol ESPARGARO Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:42.149 0.166 0.162
4 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:42.301 0.318 0.152
5 Marc MARQUEZ Team Catalunyacaixa Repsol Suter 1:42.430 0.447 0.129
6 Andrea IANNONE Speed Master Speed Up 1:42.534 0.551 0.104
7 Toni ELIAS Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:42.670 0.687 0.136
8 Julian SIMON Avintia Racing Moto2 FTR 1:42.680 0.697 0.010
9 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up 1:42.741 0.758 0.061
10 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:42.794 0.811 0.053
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:42.825 0.842 0.031
12 Esteve RABAT Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:42.908 0.925 0.083
13 Mike DI MEGLIO S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 1:42.948 0.965 0.040
14 Bradley SMITH Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:42.978 0.995 0.030
15 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag-CIP Suter 1:42.995 1.012 0.017
16 Johann ZARCO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:43.067 1.084 0.072
17 Nico TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 1:43.129 1.146 0.062
18 Yuki TAKAHASHI NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1:43.191 1.208 0.062
19 Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1:43.259 1.276 0.068
20 Angel RODRIGUEZ Desguaces La Torre SAG FTR 1:43.279 1.296 0.020
21 Simone CORSI Ioda Racing Project FTR 1:43.437 1.454 0.158
22 Axel PONS Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 1:43.537 1.554 0.100
23 Max NEUKIRCHNER Kiefer Racing Kalex 1:43.550 1.567 0.013
24 Ratthapark WILAIROT Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:43.621 1.638 0.071
25 Gino REA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 1:43.636 1.653 0.015
26 Roberto ROLFO Italian Technomag-CIP Suter 1:43.726 1.743 0.090
27 Eric GRANADO JIR Moto2 Motobi 1:44.338 2.355 0.612
28 Ricky CARDUS Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 1:44.360 2.377 0.022
29 Randy KRUMMENACHER GP Team Switzerland Kalex 1:44.374 2.391 0.014
30 Marco COLANDREA SAG Team FTR 1:44.445 2.462 0.071
31 Damian CUDLIN QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 1:44.827 2.844 0.382
32 Alexander LUNDH Cresto Guide MZ Racing FTR 1:44.996 3.013 0.169


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Come on Neukirchner!! I really thought he would be more competitive. Hard to think the nasty injury from WSBK is still affecting him. And now he is on the Kalex frame too. I really like him, hopefully he will get it together... or I am afraid he will soon disappear to a domestic series for good.

Gino Rea... maybe finding it tougher than expected? Hopefully with more experience he will get up there. Fun to watch.

As a finn I'm pleased to see that Kallio seems to have found his speed again. The podium in Valencia probably corrected some bits and pieces, and god damn I hope he'll have the pace for more podiums this year. His strength is usually a high lowest level, but the number of DNF tends to be too high. If he gets it together, a top 6 in the championship would be in reach.