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Oliveira tops Jerez Moto2 test, Lowes 13th on return

Red Bull KTM

Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira topped the second day of Moto2 testing at Jerez, putting in a 1’41.518 to narrowly beat yesterday’s fastest man Francesco Bagnaia to take the laurels by a tenth.

Marc VDS newboy Joan Mir was once more the fastest rookie, in 16th and 1.2 seconds off the top. 2017 Moto3 World Championship runner up Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) was 23rd, with Bo Bendsneyder (Tech 3 Racing) beating the Italian to the honour of second fastest rookie.

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was third fastest another tenth back on Bagnaia, with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in P4. Danny Kent (Speed Up Racing) moved significantly forward on day two to lock out the top five as he returns to the intermediate class grid in an impressive showing on the Speed Up – making it three chassis manufacturers in the top five.


Sam Lowes (CGBM Evolution) was 13th on his return as he readjusts to life in Moto2, and was just seven thousandths quicker than Hector Barbera (Pons HP 40) as the Spaniard also moves from the premier class. Lowes is now on a KTM – who topped the timesheets with Oliveira - and Barbera on a Kalex.

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was the fastest Moto3 rider of the few sharing the track with the intermediate class runners once more – with Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) second quickest. Reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Champion Dennis Foggia was present a he settles into full-time duty with Sky Racing Team VR46, half a tenth off his compatriot.

Also present were new FIM CEV Repsol signings with Red Bull KTM Ajo Can Öncü and reigning Asia Talent Cup Champion Deniz Öncü. Both Turkish riders put in a good number of laps, with Deniz suffering a crash – rider ok – as they prepare for their new adventure.

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