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Jerez Moto2 test: Rookie Canet chases pacesetter Bezzecchi

Moto2 rookie Aron Canet put in an impressive display on the second day of testing at Jerez to finish second on the timesheets by just two-tenths from Marco Bezechi.

Bezzecchi set the timing screens alight in the second session to set a new lap record. The Italian’s 1'40.448 was enough to beat an incredible performance from Canet (Aspar Team) by 0.262, with the injured Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) claiming an equally impressive third.

Both Bezzecchi and Canet beat Remy Gardner’s (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) time set yesterday the Australian finishing P13 on the second day of action.


Fourth on Thursday was the experienced Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) as both the Swiss rider and Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Speed Up Racing) dipped below the 1:41 barrier. Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) ended the day sixth fastest to finish 0.666 off Bezzecchi’s benchmark, but it wasn’t the day his teammate Jake Dixon would have been looking for.

The British rider suffered a crash at Turn 2 in the second session which damaged his right-hand ring finger, the Moto2 sophomore will now miss day three as he flies back to the UK for further medical checks.

Seventh fastest went the way of Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with Italians Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) and Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) next up, also finishing seventh tenths off top spot. Completing the top 10 was American Racing’s Joe Roberts, the American setting his best lap in the final session of the day.

One thing spotted in the EG 0,0 Marc VDS box was two extra bikes under Kalex covers for Augusto Fernandez. One of the two is expected to be testing Kalex’s 2020 chassis, something that Edgar Pons (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) tried on Day 1 and impressed with.

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