2013 Jerez Moto2 Friday Practice ResultsTuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat took his Texas pace through to the first day of Moto2 Free Practice at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix as he topped the time sheets on day one in front of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding and Pons teammate Pol Espargaro.
Unlike in other classes, such as MotoGP which was led by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, the top three of the Moto2 class set their quickest times in the morning session, during which Espargaro managed to save a near crash.Yet it was his teammate Rabat who starred again, as he made the most of the Dunlop tyres. Redding will hope he can carry his pace through to race day, whilst Espargaro commented that he is looking for significantly more grip.Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami came strong in the afternoon as he put his bike fourth in the overall time sheets, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias – both Spaniards setting their quick times in the morning.The following trio was led by Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, returning from injury, as the Swiss rider set the seventh quickest time in the afternoon, ahead of Technomag carXpert’s compatriot Dominique Aegerter and Aspar’s Nico Terol. Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon rounded out the top ten with a time set in the morning.Tech 3 Racing’s Louis Rossi, JiR Moto2’s Mike Di Meglio, as well as TSR Motorsport’s wildcard Dani Rivas all suffered falls throughout the day.The Moto2 grid will return to the Jerez Circuit Saturday for the final free practice ahead of qualifying.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!