Moto2™ and Moto3™ riders were getting some crucial pre-season track time ahead of the Official Portimao Test
Two days of private testing came to a close on Thursday at Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, with Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) topping the Moto2™ timesheets thanks to a 1:41.351. The Japanese rider set that lap on the first day of testing to ensure he will head into the Official Portimao Test in good form.
Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Fermin Aldeguer (Speed Up Racing) reaffirmed their statuses as two of the intermediate class’ hottest prospects. Reigning Moto3™ Champion Acosta finished just 0.003s off of Ogura as he seems to have taken little to no time to adapt to Moto2™ machinery, while Aldeguer rounds out the top three, just over a tenth off.
In Moto3™, Tatsuki Suzuki 1:45.976 ends the test quickest. The Leopard Racing rider had over half a second to spare on Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3) with rookie David Salvador rounding out the top three.
Next up for the intermediate and lightweight classes is three days of testing at Algarve International Circuit, which gets underway on Saturday. As per usual, motogp.com will bring you the latest news and interviews from across the weekend, while you can track riders’ progress on Live Timing.
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