Pol Espargaro, Maverick Vinales quickest in Moto2 and Moto3 testing
Pol Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were quickest in Moto2 and Moto3 pre-season testing at Valencia respectively, while Moto2 title threat Tom Luthi suffered arm and collarbone injuries in a crash
Paddock rider Luthi, who has finished in the top five in Moto2 for the past three years, collided with Gresini's Ratthapark Wilairot on Thursday.
Luthi was taken to hospital with a suspected broken right arm and collarbone, while Wilairot was treated at the circuit medical centre for a minor head injury.
Last year's Moto2 runner-up Espargaro was quickest for Pons on the second and third days of the three-day test, setting his benchmark 1m34.577s on the final afternoon.
He was 0.2 seconds faster than 2011 125cc champion Nico Terol, who showed improved form for Aspar to set the pace on Tuesday and remain up front throughout.
Julian Simon completed the top three in combined times for Italtrans, followed by Terol's Aspar team-mate Jordi Torres and the sidelined Luthi.
Reigning Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese was the quickest Moto2 rookie in 21st place, three spots ahead of his former team-mate and fellow graduate Danny Kent.
Aside from Luthi and Wilairot, SAG's Marcel Schrotter was the only other man to have a serious accident, damaging his Kalex sufficiently in a Tuesday crash to end his week.
Vinales dominated all three days of Moto3 testing for his new Laglisse team.
It was a KTM one-two-three, as Monlau's Alex Rins and Ajo's Luis Salom gave chase to Vinales, followed by Aspar's Jonas Folger on the best Kalex and top FTR rider Jack Miller with Caretta RTG.
The leading Moto3 newcomer was Rookies Cup graduate Livio Loi in 14th with Marc VDS.
Check out pictures of Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 testing in AUTOSPORT's MotoGP pre-season gallery
Moto2 Combined Times: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Pol Espargaro Tuenti Kalex 1m34.577 2. Nicolas Terol Aspar Suter 1m34.777 + 0.200s 3. Julian Simon Italtrans Kalex 1m34.981 + 0.404s 4. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter 1m35.084 + 0.507s 5. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter 1m35.093 + 0.516s 6. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Kalex 1m35.122 + 0.545s 7. Scott Redding Marc VDS Kalex 1m35.293 + 0.716s 8. Esteve Rabat Tuenti Kalex 1m35.317 + 0.740s 9. Simone Corsi Forward Speed Up 1m35.365 + 0.788s 10. Johann Zarco Ioda Suter 1m35.399 + 0.822s 11. Dominique Aegerter Technomag Suter 1m35.555 + 0.978s 12. Axel Pons Tuenti Kalex 1m35.630 + 1.053s 13. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Kalex 1m35.769 + 1.192s 14. Toni Elias Avintia Kalex 1m35.911 + 1.334s 15. Xavier Simeon SAG Kalex 1m36.039 + 1.462s 16. Ricky Cardus Forward Speed Up 1m36.347 + 1.770s 17. Anthony West QMMF Speed Up 1m36.434 + 1.857s 18. Mattia Pasini Forward Speed Up 1m36.485 + 1.908s 19. Ratthapark Wilairot Gresini Suter 1m36.531 + 1.954s 20. Alex de Angelis Forward Speed Up 1m36.722 + 2.145s 21. Sandro Cortese Intact Kalex 1m36.733 + 2.156s 22. Yuki Takahashi Tady Moriwaki 1m36.862 + 2.285s 23. Steven Odendaal Arginano Speed Up 1m37.159 + 2.582s 24. Danny Kent Tech 3 1m37.330 + 2.753s 25. Kyle Smith Avintia Kalex 1m37.378 + 2.801s 26. Randy Krummenacher Technomag Suter 1m37.389 + 2.812s 27. Mike di Meglio JIR Motobi 1m37.571 + 2.994s 28. Louis Rossi Tech 3 1m37.662 + 3.085s 29. Alberto Moncayo Arginano Speed Up 1m38.097 + 3.520s 30. Doni Tata Pradita Gresini Suter 1m38.266 + 3.689s 31. Marcel Schrotter SAG Kalex 1m38.391 + 3.814s 32. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Speed Up 1m41.431 + 6.854s
Moto3 Combined Times: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1. Maverick Vinales Laglisse KTM 1m39.299s 2. Alex Rins Galicia KTM 1m39.585s + 0.286s 3. Luis Salom Ajo KTM 1m39.669s + 0.370s 4. Jonas Folger Aspar Kalex-KTM 1m40.050s + 0.751s 5. Jack Miller Caretta FTR-Honda 1m40.291s + 0.992s 6. Romano Fenati Italia FTR-Honda 1m40.428s + 1.129s 7. Alex Marquez Galicia KTM 1m40.468s + 1.169s 8. Efren Vazquez Mahindra 1m40.495s + 1.196s 9. John McPhee Caretta FTR-Honda 1m40.510s + 1.211s 10. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1m40.526s + 1.227s 11. Jakub Kornfeil RW Kalex-KTM 1m40.543s + 1.244s 12. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Ajo KTM 1m40.564s + 1.265s 13. Brad Binder Ambrogio Suter Honda 1m40.728s + 1.429s 14. Livio Loi Marc VDS Kalex-KTM 1m40.750s + 1.451s 15. Arthur Sissis Ajo KTM 1m40.918s + 1.619s 16. Ana Carrasco Laglisse KTM 1m40.946s + 1.647s 17. Francesco Bagnaia Italia FTR-Honda 1m41.028s + 1.729s 18. Philipp Oettl Paddock Kalex-KTM 1m41.109s + 1.810s 19. Juan Guevara CIP TSR Honda 1m41.165s + 1.866s 20. Danny Webb Ambrogio Suter-Honda 1m41.165s + 1.866s 21. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini FTR-Honda 1m41.176s + 1.877s 22. Isaac Vinales Ongetta FTR-Honda 1m41.196s + 1.897s 23. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno KTM 1m41.250s + 1.951s 24. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta FTR-Honda 1m41.327s + 2.028s 25. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Kalex-KTM 1m41.511s + 2.212s 26. Jasper Iwema RW Kalex KTM 1m41.515s + 2.216s 27. Eric Granado Aspar Kalex-KTM 1m41.526s + 2.227s 28. Alessandro Tonucci Tascaracing Honda 1m41.969s + 2.670s 29. Hyuga Watanabe Tascaracing Honda 1m42.169s + 2.870s 30. Alan Techer CIP TSR-Honda 1m42.334s + 3.035s 31. Niccolo Antonelli Gresini FTR-Honda 1m42.670s + 3.371s 32. Alexis Masbou Ongetta FTR-Honda 1m44.647s + 5.348s 33. Florian Alt Kiefer Kalex-KTM 1m44.672s + 5.373s
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