THE FIRST TEST for the next season of Moto2 action was underway yesterday with Julián Simón taking the top honours at the end of the day, Scott Redding was the top British rider taking the third fastest time.
The top riders from the class were on pace with their times from Sunday's race, with Stefan Bradl mirroring the time set by Simón. Yuki Takahashi in his transfer to the Gresini Moriwaki was in fourth with Alex De Angelis rounding out the top five.
The test for the affordably large GP support class, 36 riders made an appearance, saw a collection of new riders graduating from the 125 class including Bradley Smith making his first ride onboard the Tech 3 machine. Colin Edwards aided the Tech 3 team in a supervisor for their Mistral 610 chassis entry. Smith and Edwards both logged a 1:38.7 lap.
Some of the newcomers to the Moto2 class were Pol Espargaró riding the Speed Up FTR chassis, World Supersport rider Michele Pirro in place of Toni Elias at Gresini and Mika Kallio joining Scott Redding at Marc VDS.
Full times from the session and a gallery of the new riders can be seen below.
1 Julián Simón Mapfre Aspar 1.36.70
2 Stefan Bradl Viessman Kiefer Racing 1.36.70
3 Scott Redding Marc VDS 1.36.90
4 Yuki Takahashi Crimea GP Moriwaki 1.37.02
5 Alex de Angelis JIR Moto 2 1.37.10
6 Thomas Luthi Interwetten 1.37.20
7 Kenan Sofluoglu Technomag 1.37.28
8 Aleix Espargaró Pons Tenerife 40 1.37.40
9 Michele Pirro Crimea GP Moriwaki 1.37.68
10 Dominique Aegerter Technomag 1.37.80
11 Jules Cluzel Forward Racing 1.37.80
12 Yonny Hernandez Blusens 1.37.80
13 Xavier Simeon Holyday Gym 1.37.90
14 Tito Rabat Blusens 1.38.00
15 Kenny Noyes Jack & Jones 1.38.20
16 Mike Di Meglio Tech 3 1.38.30
17 Andrea Iannone Team 1.38.30
18 Raffaele Da Rosa Moriwaki G22 1.38.50
19 Lukas Pesek SAG Bimota 1.38.50
20 Colin Edwards Tech 3 1.38.70
21 Bradley Smith Tech 3 1.38.70
22 Max Neukirchner MZ Racing Team 1.38.80
23 Anthony West SAG Bimota 1.39.00
24 Andrea Boscoscuro Speed Up 1.39.10
25 Gabor Talmacsi Ongetta Bimota 1.39.20
26 Arne Todt MZ Racing Team 1.39.30
27 Mika Kallio Marc VDS 1.39.90
28 Pol Espargaró Speed Up 1.40.19
29 Yannick Guerra Holyday Gym 1.40.30
30 Alex Baldolini MZ Racing Team 1.40.50
31 Jonas Folger MZ Racing Team 1.41.50
32 Alex Baldolini JIR Moto 2
33 Michael Ranseder JIR Moto 2
34 Valentin Debise JIR Moto 2
35 Anthony West JIR Moto 2
36 Randy Krummenacher Viessman Kiefer Racing