Tito Rabat, a Moto2 title favorite for the upcoming season, set the pace for the first time as a Marc VDS Racing Team rider when testing continued in Valencia on Wednesday.
This marked the second of three days of track action this week, with significantly improved weather conditions as a clear blue sky was accompanied by a light breeze.
Rabat topped the timesheets in his final session of the day, with a best lap time of 1:35.155 — more than a full second quicker than the leading time of Tuesday. In the process, he aimed to feel more comfortable with the bike, having suffered frustration in the form of a lack of rear grip amid the cool and dull conditions of the opening day.
Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi was second, experimenting with a new frame, chassis and suspension. Although his 2014 chassis is not radically different to the 2013 version, the team have already hailed it a ‘very good evolution.’
Tuesday pace-setter Mika Kallio was now third for Marc VDS Racing Team, with the top five being completed by Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 riders Jordi Torres and Nico Terol. Seventh was Julian Simon, now representing Italtrans Racing Team and using his 2014 chassis for the first time. The Spaniard was highly pleased to be able to report a substantial improvement in terms of aerodynamics, having been able to compare the chassis with last season’s version which had ridden on Tuesday. In the meantime, Pons HP 40’s Maverick Viñales (sixth place) looked into combining his new chassis, suspension and fairing.
It was a more productive day for Caterham Moto Racing, with Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin stating their intent for a busy day by becoming the first two riders to exit the pit lane. Both the Frenchman and American conducted back-to-back comparisons, mainly with suspension and chassis, and also looked into tire conservation. The latter could also be said for Alex de Angelis, as 24 hours earlier the Tasca Racing Moto2 rider had suffered a completely shredded tire after just six laps.
There were significant changes for Dominique Aegerter, as he and Technomag carXpert switched from Ohlins to WP suspension. In fact, there were also plenty of other new parts as the Swiss sampled his 2014 chassis and swingarm as well; at the same time, he hoped to dial out the mid-corner struggles he suffered on Day One.Josh Herrin, Moto2, MotoGP, Tito Rabat