2016 Jerez Private Moto2 & Moto3 Tests - Baldassari and Navarro Lead The Way

Times and press releases after today's private test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Jerez:

Moto2 times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1:42.939    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1:43.166 0.227 0.227
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1:43.225 0.286 0.059
4 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1:43.435 0.496 0.210
5 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1:43.502 0.563 0.067
6 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1:44.324 1.385 0.822
7 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1:44.621 1.682 0.297
8 108 Federico FULIGNI Suter 1:46.510 3.571 1.889
9 33 Alessandro TONUCCI Kalex 1:46.773 3.834 0.263

Moto3 times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Estrella Galicia 0,0 1:47.383    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing Moto3 1:47.683 0.300 0.300
3 88 Jorge MARTIN MAPFRE-Team MAHINDRA 1:47.857 0.474 0.174
4 76 Hiroki Ono JPN Honda Team Asia 1:48.234 0.851 0.377
5 21 Francesco BAGNAIA MAPFRE-Team MAHINDRA 1:48.611 1.228 0.377
6 58 Juanfran GUEVARA RBA Racing Team 1:48.701 1.318 0.090
7 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot SaxoPrint RTG 1:48.712 1.329 0.011
8 95 Jules DANILO Ongetta-Rivacold 1:48.775 1.392 0.063
9 4 Fabio DI GIANNATONIO Gresini Racing Moto3 1:48.959 1.576 0.184
10 89 Khairul IDHAM PAWI Honda Team Asia 1:49.139 1.756 0.180
11 10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot SaxoPrint RTG 1:49.469 2.086 0.330
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO RBA Racing Team 1:49.569 2.186 0.100
13 105 Makar YURCHENKO 42 Motorsport 1:49.670 2.287 0.101
14 104 Davide PIZZIOLI 42 Motorsport 1:50.180 2.797 0.510
15 106 Alex RUIZ 42 Motorsport 1:51.282 3.899 1.102


The sun finally shines on the Jerez track; Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini, Forward Racing riders, took advantage of the two free practice sessions carried out on the Andalusian circuit.

The two members of the VR46 riders Riders Academy focused on finding a good pace with their Kalex 2016 and tried to push a little more in the afternoon.

After fixing his position on the bike, Lorenzo Baldassarri went aggressively on track and ended the day on top of the timesheets, satisfied with the work done today. After 68 laps, "Balda" closed with a personal best of 1: 42.939.

Luca Marini lapped more on the conservative, already showing a good feeling with the team and a good pace. In the afternoon, the Italian posted a positive 1: 44.621, which earned him seventh place in the rankings after 69 laps.

Lorenzo Baldassarri

"I'm happy with the work we have done today, finally a bit of sun came out and we started to improve our lap times. This morning we fixed the bike a little in order for me to have a more comfortable seat, now I have a good feeling on the front but I have to focus on the back to improve".

Luca Marini

"We did a good job today and I'm pleased with how we are working with the team. Now that the track is dry, I could focus more on my pace, it is a shame I was not to able to put together a quick lap, I still do some little mistakes when I try to push harder. Tomorrow we will run two more sessions, we must continue in this direction".


After facing two days of testing in Valencia ten days ago, the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 was back on track today at the Jerez circuit with Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Bastianini set the second fastest time of the day with 1’47”683, working well with his technicians, trying to find set-up solutions aimed mainly at improving the behaviour of his Honda machine in the fastest parts of the track. On the other side of the garage, rookie Di Giannantonio took another important step in his apprenticeship path, completing 57 laps and setting at midday a lap time of 1’48”959.

Tomorrow the team will be back on track for another day of testing before the official IRTA Moto3 test, scheduled again at Jerez de la Frontera from 2 to 4 March.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'47"683 - 47 laps)

“It was a fun and productive day: we started more or less from the base reached in the previous test at Valencia and we started working from there, finding interesting solutions. We will try to improve in the faster corners, where at the moment the bike is still a bit unstable, although actually towards the end of the day we already found a direction that could lead us to identify the problem and therefore find a good solution”.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (1'48"959 - 57 laps)

“I’m still learning, but today I was more comfortable on the bike compared to the first test in Valencia: the fact that I know very well the track of Jerez probably helped me. We used a very similar set-up to the one we had used in Valencia, focusing on gaining more and more feeling. Personally I’m very happy, at mid-day I scored a good lap time and also my team seem happy with the work we are doing. At the end of the day I also tried to get a fast lap on new tyres, but after nearly 60 laps I was a bit tired”.


“I’m very happy with the work we are doing: Enea maintained a good pace and at the end of the day was able to stay immediately at the top, although at this time the fast lap is not our priority. I’m also pleased with the attitude of Fabio, who is taking the right time to learn”.

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