Nico Terol and Johann Zarco, first and second respectively in last year's final 125cc World Championship, continued adapting their riding styles for 600cc four-strokes during the Jerez Moto2 test.
The second of the three official pre-season tests finished on Saturday evening, with Aspar Suter rider Terol 1.4sec from the top in 15th on the unofficial timesheets, and JiR MotoBI rider Zarco a further 0.4sec behind.
“Physically, I'm getting much better with the Moto2. I can complete more laps and I made the last run of the day at a strong pace,” said Terol. “It has been a positive test because our times are already quite fast and improved every day.”
Zarco admits he has had to work hard in order to adapt to the bigger bike.
“After the first test in Valencia I was a bit worried because I was not able to improve my times during the three days of testing,” said the Frenchman, who lowered his lap times by 1.4sec at Jerez.
“In Jerez we started analyzing telemetry data and I focused on my riding style, with this information and the support of the other riders on the track I realised that to be fast with the Moto2 I must take a very different approach than the 125.
“Lap after lap I tried to find confidence, making lots of small changes to my riding style that at the end of the day allowed me to get a good feeling, allowing me to start to enjoy myself and to find those automatic responses needed to be fast.”
JiR has confirmed that Zarco and team-mate Eric Granado will take part in a private two-day test at Albacete, ahead of the final official pre-season test at Jerez from March 19-21.