The 2012 Moto2 World Championship enters its second round today with wet weather dominating proceedings at the Jerez circuit, but with Team JiR right up at the top of the timing sheets in Spain in first position.
The lone Team JiR rider Johann Zarco has found the wet conditions a level playing field for him and his new four-stroke MotoBI machine. The 21-year-old Frenchman was at the top of the timing in this morning’s free practice session and finished the day first overall on combined time. With the weather looking to be tricky all weekend, it is hoped that this is a good sign for tomorrow’s qualifying session and the race on Sunday.
Final position: 1st
Best lap: 1m 55.382s
“Today in the first session we waited in the garage for a while, but then it was raining a lot so we put rain tyres on and did many laps and immediately I had a good feeling with my MotoBI. Even so, it was surprising to be in first position. Then in the afternoon conditions were still not so good so we waited in the pits again, but once more it was wet. The positive to this is that we tried all the rain tyres before the track was drying out. We think conditions could be difficult come the race if the weather continues in this way, but we will see. Whatever happens, at the moment I’m happy and relaxed. I don’t think we will change the bike tomorrow, but tonight we will look at the positive and negative aspects of the bike and then see what the weather is doing tomorrow.”
Top five classification after free practice:
1. Johann ZARCO : 1.55.382
2. Mika KALLIO : 1.55.675 – 0.293
3. Ricky CARDUS : 1.56.199 – 0.817
4. Ant WEST : 1.56.206 – 0.824
5. Andrea IANNONE : 1.56.258 – 0.876
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