Juli?n Sim?n leapt to the head of the Moto2 pecking order on day two of the three-day Valencia test on Friday, as the top ten found themselves covered by a mere eight tenths of a second.

The inaugural Moto2 Championship runner-up lopped a full second off his best effort from the previous day to annex the top spot on the timing screens aboard his Mapfre Aspar machine, as Gresini Racing ace Yuki Takahashi improved by 1.3 seconds to snatch second place, the Japanese rider almost matched by day one joint pace-setter Andrea Iannone.

Thomas L?thi wound up a close fourth for Interwetten, just ahead of impressive reigning 125cc World Champion Marc M?rquez, who continues to adapt well to his new surroundings. Fellow Moto2 rookie Michele Pirro, rising British hope Scott Redding and Simone Corsi all similarly lapped in the 1m 36.6s bracket.

Former MotoGP star Alex de Angelis - the benchmark on the opening day - slipped to ninth position on Friday as he failed to better his time, with Stefan Bradl rounding out the top ten, whilst Crash.net columnist and Moto2 debutant Bradley Smith suffered a fall from his Tech 3 machine, thankfully escaping unscathed.

Unofficial lap times supplied by teams (not all riders taking part in test included):

Julian Simon Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 36.0secs Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.3secs Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 1m 36.3secs Thomas Luthi Interwetten Suter 1m 36.4secs Marc Marquez Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 1m 36.6secs Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 1m 36.6secs Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter 1m 36.6secs Simone Corsi Ioda Racing Project 1m 36.6secs Alex de Angelis JiR Motobi 1m 36.8secs Stefan Bradl Viessmann Kiefer Kalex 1m 36.8secs Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter 1m 37.0secs Jules Cluzel Forward Suter 1m 37.1secs Randy Krummenacher Switzerland Kiefer Kalex 1m 37.4secs Rafaelle de Rosa G22 Moriwaki 1m 37.5secs Yonny Hernandez Blusens STX 1m 37.5secs Mike DiMeglio Tech 3 1m 37.6secs Esteve Rabat Blusens STX 1m 37.7secs Xavi For?s Mapfre Aspar Suter 1m 37.7secs Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter 1m 37.8secs Alex Baldolini Forward Racing Suter 1m 37.8secs Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m 38.0secs Kev Coghlan Motorsport 69 FTR 1m 38.0secs Mattia Pasini Ioda Racing Project 1m 38.3secs Max Neukirchner MZ Racing 1m 38.5secs Dominque Aegerter Technomag CIP Suter 1m 38.6secs Santiago Hern?ndez SAG Team FTR 1m 38.6secs Anthony West MZ Racing 1m 38.8secs Kenny Noyes Avintia STX FTR 1m 38.9secs Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter 1m 39.4secs


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