After completing the 2017 MotoGP season with Aprilia at Valencia, Sam Lowes began a new chapter in his career with a KTM Moto2 debut at a private Jerez test (top picture).

The Englishman, a Moto2 race winner with both Speed Up and Kalex, was tenth quickest (+1.1s) during his first day with the CGBM Evolution team and KTM chassis on Thursday.

VR46 Kalex rider Francesco Bagnaia set the day one pace with a 1m 41.873s, putting the Italian 0.293s ahead of Alex Marquez (Marc VDS Kalex), with Miguel Oliveira third (+0.441s) for the factory KTM team.

Danny Kent (above) is making his Speed Up debut at the test. The former Moto3 world champion was 16th out of 26 riders on day one (+1.463s), just behind new Pons signing Hector Barbera (below), who - like Lowes - is switching from MotoGP to Moto2.

Moto2 testing continues on Friday, while a private MotoGP test will be held at the circuit next week.



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