Gresini's Xavier Simeon was firmly in contention as the official Moto2 test at Jerez in Spain reached a conclusion on Thursday.

Simeon was fourth fastest overall on the Suter, three tenths of a second behind Japan's Takaaki Nakagami with a quickest time of 1m 42.556s over the three days.

The Belgian rider was equally content with his long runs at Jerez and feels the team's potential for the season opener at the Losail circuit in Qatar is 'very high'.

"We finished the pre-season in an extremely positive way. Today we were able to take a further step forward, but it could not be otherwise, because we knew from yesterday that we were starting from a good base," he said.

"Apart from the excellent lap time, just a few tenths off the pace, now we are aware that our potential is very high, so we are confident ahead of the first Grand Prix. We haven't started winter testing in the best way, with the untimely Almeria crash, which slowed our working program, but later on we were able to improve constantly," added Simeon.

"Now I feel very comfortable with the bike, and the atmosphere inside the garage is wonderful."

His team-mate, 17-year-old Lorenzo Baldassari, was seventh fastest with a time of 1m 42.639s as he ended the test as the top Italian rider.

The teenager has impressed in Spain ahead of his Moto2 race debut but was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

"I am very satisfied with the work done during the winter: I could adapt well to this category and I have reached a good level of competitiveness, so I look forward to my Moto2 debut with great confidence," he said.

"The feeling with the bike is good and we were fast also today, therefore I'm convinced that in Qatar we can do very well, although I don't want to make predictions."



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