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MOTO2 NEWS 

Simon and Takahashi top Moto2 test

Julian Simon, Shoya Tomizawa and Yuki Takahashi were credited with a joint fastest time at the end of the first three days of Moto2 testing at Catalunya.

With unofficial timing only going down to tenths of a second, 125cc champion Simon (Aspar) and ex-MotoGP rider Takahashi (Tech 3) both set 1m49.3s laps to top today's session - equalling Tomizawa's time from Thursday.

Forward Racing's Jules Cluzel shared fourth place with former Kawasaki MotoGP man Anthony West (MZ), with Yonny Hernandez sixth on combined times for Blusens STX, despite falling in the damp early running today.

Two riders were injured during the inaugural Moto2 group test. Roby Rolfo dislocated his shoulder in a crash yesterday, but remained ninth overall in combined times, while Alex Debon was found to have broken his collarbone in his Thursday accident. The Spaniard has had surgery and hopes to be fit for the next test on 1-3 March.

That three-day session at Valencia will mark the start of concerted preparations for Moto2's maiden season, as it will be the first time that the full field has been present, and the definitive Honda Moto2 engines will be available to teams for the first time.

Pos  Rider               Team                         Time
 1.  Julian Simon        Mapfre Aspar Team            1m49.3s
 2.  Shoya Tomizawa      Technomag-CIP                1m49.3s
 3.  Yuki Takahashi      Tech 3 Racing                1m49.3s
 4.  Jules Cluzel        Forward Racing               1m49.4s
 5.  Anthony West        MZ                           1m49.4s
 6.  Yonny Hernandez     Blusens STX                  1m49.6s
 7.  Kenny Noyes         Jack&Jones by A Banderas     1m49.9s
 8.  Mike di Meglio      Mapfre Aspar Team            1m50.0s
 9.  Roberto Rolfo       Italtrans STR                1m50.0s
10.  Claudio Corti       Forward Racing               1m50.1s
11.  Stefan Bradl        Viessmann Kiefer Racing      1m50.3s
12.  Alex Baldolini      Caretta Technology           1m50.3s
13.  Raffaele de Rosa    Tech 3 Racing                1m50.5s
14.  Sergio Gadea        Pons Racing                  1m50.5s
15.  Fonsi Nieto         G22 HolidayGym               1m50.7s
16.  Axel Pons           Pons Racing                  1m50.7s
17.  Dominique Aegerter  Technomag-CIP                1m50.7s
18.  Thomas Luthi        Interwetten Moriwaki Racing  1m50.8s
19.  Scott Redding       Marc VDS Racing Team         1m51.1s
20.  Mashel Al Naimi     Blusens STX                  1m51.2s
21.  Robertino Pietri    Italtrans STR                1m51.7s
22.  Joan Olive          Jack&Jones by A Banderas     1m51.9s
23.  Vladimir Leonov     Vector Kiefer Racing         1m52.3s
24.  Karel Abraham       Cardion AB Motoracing        1m52.8s
25.  Vincent Lonbois     Marc VDS Racing Team         1m52.8s
26.  Yannick Guerra      G22 HolidayGym               1m53.2s
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