Mika Kallio set the pace on day one of official 2014 Moto2 testing at Valencia on Tuesday.

The experienced Marc VDS Kalex rider, who finally claimed his first Moto2 victory at Brno last year on the way to fourth in the championship, was quickest courtesy of a 1m 36.206s lap set during the second session.

That put the Finn just 0.001s over Aspar's Jordi Torres, with fellow Suter rider Thomas Luthi (Interwetten) completing a top three covered by a mere 0.047s.

"We worked all day with the 2014 chassis and we were always high up the order," said Torres. "The feeling was good; the new bike is similar to last year's, maybe a little more precise, in the sense that it is easier to get data from it.

"Today it was very cold, so in general that's why we weren't faster. The aim was to check that everything was in its right place. The plan for the rest of the days is to try to get the bike to corner better at full lean. Last week we found a good feeling when entering corners. Now it's a matter of improving when exiting them to gain time."

The cold conditions meant that Kallio's best lap was just over half a second from the official race record, set by Torres last November.

2013 race winners Nico Terol (Aspar) and new Marc VDS signing Esteve Rabat were a close fourth and fifth respectively, within 0.316s of Kallio. Takaaki Nakagami took sixth on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia's new Kalex, followed by former Italtrans team-mate Julian Simon in seventh.

World Supersport champion Sam Lowes continued his impressive adaption to the Speed Up Moto2 machine by setting the eighth quickest time, just 0.733s from the top. The Englishman is recovering from a fractured collarbone sustained at the end of 2013 testing.

Fellow rookies stars Maverick Vinales and Pons team-mate Luis Salom, the top two in last year's Moto3 World Championship, completed the top ten.

Frenchman Johann Zarco put the new Caterham (Suter) team into eleventh with Alex de Angelis (La Fonte Tasca Racing Suter) the final rider within one-second of Kallio.

Next up was QMMF's Anthony West, the second best Speed Up after Lowes, with Marcel Schrotter 14th (+1.207s) for Tech 3.

American champion and Grand prix rookie Josh Herrin, team-mate to Zarco at Caterham, set the 23rd fastest lap time (+2.145s).

"Today my strategy was to do as many laps as possible so I could learn the track on a new bike and build my confidence," Herrin said. "Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be a little warmer because today I was taking it very easy as I didn't want to crash.

Testing, which is taking place alongside the Moto3 riders, continues on Wednesday.



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