Sky VR46's Francesco Bagnaia leads day one of official Moto2 testing at Jerez.

Some leading teams elected to sit out the previous Valencia test, meaning this week marks their first 2018 laps.

A rain shower ruined the second session.

Testing continues tomorrow...

1. Francesco Bagnaia ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 42.330s [Session 3]
2. Alex Marquez SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 42.496s [Session 3]
3. Mattia Pasini ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.560s [Session 3]
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 42.594s [Session 3]
5. Lorenzo Baldassari ITA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 42.687s [Session 3]
6. Luca Marini ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 42.732s [Session 3]
7. Simone Corsi ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 42.780s [Session 3]
8. Xavi Vierge SPA Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.851s [Session 3]
9. Isaac Vinales SPA Sag Team (Kalex) 1m 42.860s [Session 3]
10. Hector Barbera SPA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 42.939s [Session 3]
11. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 42.983s [Session 3]
12. Romano Fenati ITA Marinelli Snipers Team (Kalex) 1m 43.072s [Session 3]
13. Danny Kent GBR Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 43.161s [Session 3]
14. Sam Lowes GBR Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 43.193s [Session 3]
15. Joan Mir SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 43.317s [Session 3]
16. Fabio Quartararo FRA Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 43.328s [Session 3]
17. Jorge Navarro SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 43.411s [Session 3]
18. Marcel Schrotter GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 43.454s [Session 3]
19. Tetsuta Nagashima JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.598s [Session 1]
20. Eric Granado BRA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 43.702s [Session 3]
21. Joe Roberts USA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 43.721s [Session 3]
22. Remy Gardner AUS Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 43.767s [Session 3]
23. Steven Odendaal RSA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 43.790s [Session 3]
24. Bo Bendsneyder NED Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 43.869s [Session 3]
25. Iker Lecuona SPA Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 43.999s [Session 3]
26. Khairul Idham Pawi MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 44.114s [Session 3]
27. Andrea Locatelli ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 44.144s [Session 3]
28. Dominique Aegerter SWI Kiefer Racing (KTM) 1m 44.570s [Session 3]
29. Federico Fuligni ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 44.622s [Session 3]
30. Jules Danilo FRA NASHI ARGAN SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 44.724s [Session 3]
31. Stefano Manzi ITA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 44.946s [Session 3]

Official Jerez Moto2 records:
Best lap: Alex Marquez SPA Kalex 1m 42.080s (2017)
Fastest race lap: Franco Morbidelli ITA Kalex1m 42.596s (2017)


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I'd say the top 5 on the timesheets have got to be the favorites this year. Disappointed to see Binder and Lowes fairly low down. Running out of time till Qatar to sort things out.

Oliveira is the bookies clear favourite and most of the Moto2 riders have said he is the favourite. Bagnia and Pasini might give him a close fight, i don't think anyone else will.  

Joan Mir not a good time attacker...But he can do in the race...Alex come on...

Mir needs to quickly improve his qualifying. Got away with it in Moto3 as its easy to slip stream make up lots of positions, Moto2 is completey different not so easy to pass other riders in the race.

Alex Marquez is a poor man's Marc Marquez. Already three years in Moto2 and massively underperformed, Zarco, Folger, Rins, Morbidelli, Luthi all finished ahead of him in previous years in Moto2 and moved up to Motogp. If he doesn't win the Moto2 title this year then he doesn't deserve to get a Motogp contract for 2019.

Zarco is 5 years older and Luthi is almost 10 years...If the were better than him then they should have won at the age around 20-23...Luthi still has no title in moto2...I accept Rins,Folger,Franky are better than Alex...But not Zarco & Tom...Zarco made Motogp Debut at 26 and tom at 31...

Yes but Zarco is a different situation. He didnt start racing in the junior circuit till much later than Alex Marquez as in France motorcycle racing was relatively unknown compared to Spain where its been popular for decades. He didnt have the experience of racing quality opposition at a young age like Alex Marquez did.

Still he won the Moto2 title at his fourth attempt and followed that up by winning it again the following year. This will be Alex Marquez fourth season in Moto2 he has no excuse not to win it. Marc VDS current Moto2 champions and current Moto2 champion Morbidelli now gone to Motogp.

Zarco is a far better rider than Alex Marquez, you contradict yourself saying Morbidelli is better than Alex Marquez but not Zarco. As Zarco has always finished above Morbidelli in Moto2 - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. As for Luthi yes he's 31 but he's still finished second in Moto2 standings for the last two years.

Alex Marquez had the best bike last year but couldn't even challenge his teammate Morbidelli for the title. In fact he slumped to 4th in the 2017 championship standings, behind a 31 year old and behind Oliveira on a KTM bike that was just making its Moto2 debut. 

I think Corsi, now on a Kalex, Vierge and Barbera will also do well. The

Good to see times from a more complete grid.

Inclined to agree about Marquez Jnr, he needs to step up his game this year and improve consistency.

Not worried about Mir - first time on the bike and we know from his Moto3 days he can usually produce a quali lap when he needs to, looking forward to watching his progress in this class.

Excited for the racing to start now...

No Doubt Mir is very talented but you are completely wrong about his qualifying. He only got one pole position in 2017 and has only two poles in last three years.  He routinely qualified outside the top five in 2017, only had four or five front row starts.

He overcame that with his natural talent and because its easy to slip stream overtake in Moto3. But Moto2 is completey different you need to qualify well to stand a chance of winning the races. Hopefully he works hard to improve his qualifying as he could have a big future in Motogp. 


never stated for a second that he was a pole hound, what I meant is that he's always been able to produce a lap that's close enough to be on the front couple of rows, where as you say his natural ability has compensated.  However he's not exactly as bad as say, Fenati, who routinely in the past has qualified between 8th & 20th on the grid for no reason whatsoever yet appears ecstatic on his cool down laps after quali (never understood that).

I think Mir will get the hang of qualifying on the bigger bike - he appears to be a quick learner and he has a good quality experienced team behind him to help with this.