New Marc VDS signing Esteve Rabat took over from team-mate Mika Kallio at the head of the official Valencia Moto2 timesheets during Wednesday's second day of testing.

Fifth on day one, Rabat lowered his best lap time by 1.3s to put his Kalex 0.354s clear of nearest rival Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) - who gained one place relative to yesterday - and drop comfortably below the official race lap record.

Kallio completed the top three, improving by half-a-second over his pace setting Tuesday lap, but was still 0.535s from Rabat.

Aspar Suter riders Jordi Torres and Nico Terol were both a fraction behind Kallio, with Moto3 world champion Maverick Vinales the lead rookie in sixth place (+0.640s) for Pons Kalex.

Italtrans Kalex rider Julian Simon exactly matched Vinales' best as he edged out former team-mate Takaaki Nakagami (Honda Team Asia Kalex).

Alex de Angelis (Tasca Racing) was the next best Suter rider after the Aspars, with Vinales' team-mate and fellow rookie Luis Salom completing a top ten covered by 0.918s.

Caterham Suter's Johann Zarco repeated his eleventh place from day one, being followed on the timesheets by German riders Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger.

World Supersport champion Sam Lowes slipped from eighth to 17th (+1.702s), costing him top Speed Up honours to QMMF's Anthony West (14th).

The opening 2014 official test concludes on Thursday evening.



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