19 Mar, 2017
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Jerez Moto2 Testing: Nakagami on top as storm halts action

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia's Takaaki Nakagami fastest in final winter Moto2 test as inclement weather wipes out final session at Losail in Qatar.

Jerez Moto2 Testing: Nakagami on top as storm halts action
Jerez Moto2 Testing: Nakagami on top as storm halts action
Takaaki Nakagami's time from Saturday stood as poor weather descended on the Losail International Circuit once more on Sunday, leading to the cancellation of the third and final Moto2 session.

High winds, a sandstorm and thunder and lightning brought proceedings to a halt, with Japanese rider Nakagami remaining on top overall following his lap in 2m 00.187s on Saturday – the only full day of the final test after Friday's sessions were halted by rain at the desert circuit.

The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider only 0.053s ahead of EG 0,0 Marc VDS contender Franco Morbidelli, who was fastest on Sunday after lapping in 2m 00.971s.

Alex Marquez, the2014 Moto3 world champion, held station in third on the combined times on the second of the Marc VDS Kalex machines, 0.240s off the top spot.

Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) was fourth fastest, half a second back, while Miguel Oliveira kept the new KTM chassis in the top five for Red Bull KTM Ajo, lapping in 2m 00.861s.

Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) was sixth overall ahead of rookie Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) impressing in seventh, while Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) was eighth on the Tech 3 chassis ahead of Britain's Danny Kent, who finished as the leading Suter for Kiefer Racing.

Axel Pons finalised the top 10 for RW Racing, a mere 0.016s behind 2015 Moto3 world champion Kent.

The weather-hampered final test in Qatar brings the curtain down on pre-season for the intermediate class, with the next action taking place on Thursday with FP1 as the first round of the 2017 world championship at Losail gets under way.

2 Comments

  • MotoStar 21 Mar, 2017 23:41:07
    Well, I've only now found out about the injuries to those two riders. Don't know how I managed to miss that. They won't be taking any part in Qatar. Get well soon, rookies, and look forward to seeing you later on in the season.
  • MotoStar 20 Mar, 2017 13:30:59
    Nakagami is one I am definitely tipping as a dark horse to win this championship! It's good to see him on top of the timesheets.

    What happened to Iker Lecuona? Seems Julian Simon has replaced him here. Also Corsi's new teammate, Axel Bassani is missing.
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