The Moto2 class held a 2-day test this week where Marcos Ramirez took the top spot.
Marcos Ramirez took the top spot overall in the Moto2 test in Jerez, 0.264 faster than Thomas Luthi who has moved from the IntactGP squad over to the SAG Racing Team, replacing the outgoing Remy Gardner, Luthi took second place, a position we are not used to seeing him in after a torrid 2020 season saw him fighting for top 10’s more than podiums.
Various other riders also made debuts on other machinery, Stefano Manzi and Lorenzo Baldassarri swapped places with Manzi going to Pons and Baldassarri moving to the MV Agusta Forward racing squad, a team he has raced for before.
We also saw the much anticipated Moto2 debut of Cameron Beaubier who was incredibly fast from the get go, no surprise, finishing just 0.600 from Ramirez in P1 at a track he has not ridden at for years and years.
Cameron was able to lap incredibly fast lapping just 0.243s slower than Joe Roberts’ best qualifying time in Jerez 1 and 0.051s faster than Joe’s qualifying time in Jerez 2. These times would’ve placed him in P18 in Jerez 1 and P17 in Jerez 2, impressive for his first time on a Moto2 bike.
Mr Beaubier in action on the American Racing Team Kalex
We also had some Moto3 graduates make their Moto2 debut as Celestino Vietti tested the Sky VR46 Moto2 bike for the first time, completing a huge 94 laps whilst 16-year-old Barry Baltus got to grips with the RW Racing NTS Chassis alongside Hafizh Syahrin who has moved to the team also, Barry, named after hero Barry Sheene, also running the number 70 (7 was taken) with a cross through the 7, completed 85 laps.
Moto3 runner up Tony Arbolino took to the IntactGP Moto2 bike also and completed 69 laps.
Featured image – Jerez Circuit