Fastest on both days of private Moto2 testing at Jerez last week, Thomas Luthi remained on top of the timesheets during unofficial testing at Valencia on Monday.

Riding at the same Spanish circuit where he sustained serious arm and shoulder injuries after a clash with Ratthapark Wilairot in pre-season testing, the Swiss star took the 2014 Suter to a best lap time of 1m 34.970s.

That is comfortably under the new race lap record set by Jordi Torres in the season ending grand prix - which Luthi finished in seventh place - and just a few hundredths from world champion Pol Espargaro's new Valencia Moto2 qualifying record.

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Closest to Luthi was new TascaRacing rider Alex de Angelis (1m 35.200s) - said to have been using a 2012 Suter - followed by Aspar Suter team-mates Torres and Nico Terol, second and first respectively in the November 10 grand prix.

This time the order was reversed, with Torres setting a 1m 35.3s - several tenths under his own 1m 35.694s official lap record - as he continued set-up work on the 2013 bike.

"We compared some data from Jerez with some tests we have done here at Valencia and we were also planning to give the new chassis a run but the weather turned so we didn't get chance," explained Torres. "Anyway, we got some very useful set-up data and worked out how to make the rear shock work better. Let's say we are on the right lines now with an eye on next season. We haven't done a lot of laps today but the feeling was very good."

Terol was just 0.1s slower than his team-mate and set his best time before switching to the 2014 chassis.

"We started testing at 11am and I set a 1m 35.40s pretty much straight away," said the triple 2013 race winner. "After that we switched to the 2014 bike and I couldn't go as fast because we still have a lot of set-up work to do with it, but the conclusions were positive.

"The new Suter is a little stiff and I'm struggling a little bit to get it stopped under braking but we worked hard to improve it. We were planning to go back to the old bike at the end of the day to compare it but it started to spit with ran and we decided not to bother.

"Anyway, the overall feedback from this series of tests is very positive."

Of the non-Suter riders present, lap times were not released for the new Pons Kalex line-up of Moto3 stars Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom. However fellow Moto2 rookie and reigning World Supersport champion Sam Lowes was credited as setting a 1m 36.0s on the Speed Up machine.

That would have put the young Englishman eighth on the fastest race lap list at the grand prix.