2013 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the third day of testing at Jerez:


A DIFFICULT DAY FOR ZARCO

Although the weather has given a beautiful sky for the third day of testing at Jerez IRTA la Frontera, was a difficult day for Johann Zarco.

Much of the work done with the team led by Giovanni Sandi was focused on trying new material provided by Suter. ThecZarco's bike has been updated with the latest issues of the Swiss factory, but the rider lost his confidence.

Johann Zarco ends the day with a best time of 1'44 "332, which is the 19th overall. The best on the track today was Pol Espargaro (Kalex) which marked the reference in Moto2 category in 1'42 "636.

Johann Zarco - 1'44 "332 - 19 °" We were lucky, the weather was really nice, although the track improved throughout the day. Today for me something did not work because the time has not come out. We tried many things on the bike today and in the end I did not have the confidence to slide as I wanted in the corners. Maybe I need to do a reset to regain the confidence to the last day of testing tomorrow. I have not lost the feeling for the crash on the first day, now I try to stay calm and understand why. We'll see with the team tonight and we hope to do better on Thursday. However, try a bit of everything was good for the technicians who were able to understand a little more the bike, maybe this was a bad day. I'm sure it will get better. "


ANTONELLI SHINES IN SPANISH SUN

With sunshine, warm temperatures and a dry track Niccolò Antonelli was able to make the most of the final full day of preseason testing at Jerez today to demonstrate his undoubted potential despite still not having fully recovered from a recent shoulder operation. After taking a few laps to build up his confidence the youngster increased his pace to end the day amongst the pacesetters and as the fastest Italian on track. His team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri continued his positive adaptation to the Moto3 class, meanwhile, improving his feeling with the bike and closing the gap to the top. Just half a day of preseason testing remains tomorrow, when the forecast is also for good weather.

Niccolò Antonelli “I am happy. I was planning to push hard today even though I am not in perfect shape but I didn't think I would go this fast. I could have gone even faster if it wasn't for a mistake on my final fast lap at the end of the session but I am satisfied. The new 2013 engine is good even though it's to be expected that we need to work on it before it reaches its full potential as it has different characteristics to last year's version. I have full confidence in the team that we can make the most of the last few hours of preseason remaining and make even more improvements tomorrow.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri “I am gradually feeling better on the bike. I have made important progress here and if we had used the soft tyre today I could have been even closer to the top guys. Now we have a good feeling with the bike and the team are working well to find the right setting and balance for the bike. Tomorrow we have a few hours to get some more work done and hopefully improve again.”


TATA PRADITA TIRED BUT HAPPY

Doni Tata Pradita spent a long day in the saddle today as he continued to rack up the laps at Jerez as part of his steep Moto2 learning curve. The Indonesian rider was tired after the final full day of preseason testing but happy that he is making progress and improving his feeling with the bike. He will aim to make use of the final few hours of track time available in tomorrow's half-day session in order to make further improvements ahead of the opening round of the season in Qatar on April 7th.

Doni Tata Pradita “I am tired but happy because gradually I am improving, the feeling with the bike is good and I couldn't be happier with the work being done by the team. We have a good base to work from when the season starts and everything is in place for us to do well.”


'FEEM' ON FORM AT JEREZ

Ratthapark Wilairot looks like a new rider compared to last year and the Thai rider is ready to go into the new Moto2 season full of determination and confidence after the final full day of testing at Jerez today. 'Feem' again lapped consistently close to the pace set by the leading riders in the class and with just a few hours left of preseason in tomorrow's half-day session there is plenty of optimism in the garage that the upcoming campaign will be a successful one.

Ratthapark Wilairot “I am satisfied because we have been able to see notable progress from day to day. I feel like a different rider compared to last year and I am more convinced than ever of my potential. I want to keep this form going right through the championship now. My feeling with the bike is good and the great relationship with the team is feeding my desire to do well.”


FOLGER ON PACE AS GRANADO SPRINGS A SURPRISE

MAPFRE Aspar Team's Brazilian youngster leaps into the top ten as his German team-mate remains in Moto3 top three

After a soaking wet day of testing yesterday the sun finally broke through at Jerez today, making for a dry and warm third day. Whilst the track started out damp it soon dried and the majority of riders were on track shortly after 11am. With this being the final full day of testing (the track opens for only a few hours tomorrow) it was a relentless day's work for the Moto3 teams, with Viñales setting the pace from Rins, Jonas Folger and Salom.

The MAPFRE Aspar Team enjoyed a positive day on both sides of the garage, with Folger's performance hardly a surprise but that of his Brazilian team-mate raising more than a few eyebrows. Whilst the more experienced German played around with settings and tyre combinations on his way to a best lap of 1'47.010, Eric Granado was just seven tenths off his pace, the rookie ending the day as the seventh fastest rider on track. Both riders tried their new Akrapovic exhaust systems today, reporting notable improvements on last year's kit.

3rd Jonas Folger 1.47.010 (48 laps): "We've had a great day today - everything we have tried has come off. We haven't made big changes because the base setting of the bike is already good but we tried the soft tyres as well as the medium compound, which we were able to set consistent times on even when they were well worn so that's positive for race distance. As well as being consistent we were also fast so I have to be satisfied with the job we have done here. We also tried the new exhaust, which is a big improvement on the old one, so that's another step forward. Tomorrow we will work on trying to get more feel from the front end in the middle of the corner."

7th Eric Granado 1.47.742 (71 laps): "Today went well. We started early so that we could get into a rhythm but the track was still damp so we had to wait a little. We tried a new exhaust this morning and I liked it. It gives the bike more acceleration although we still need to adjust the setting to it. We started dropping our lap times early on and managed to move up to seventh place by the end of the day, which I am happy with considering I am new to this championship. The good thing is that I set those lap times on my own and slowly I am starting to find my references. I want to thank the team for all their hard work in helping me adapt to this bike. It has been a tough day, with a lot of hard work, but it has been worth it."


Steps forward for Rins and Marquez

Repsol riders continue improvement on third day of Jerez Official Test.

Repsol Media Service


Spain, Circuito de Jerez


Wednesday 20/03/2013

 

After yesterday’s downpours, today the Circuito de Jerez was blessed with radiant sunshine for Day 3 of the final preseason test. Alex Rins and Alex Marquez continued to put in laps onboard their KTM bikes, putting in a full day’s work and placing second and sixth, respectively. Maverick Viñales topped the timesheets.

The sun heated up the track sufficiently to dry out the numerous puddles remaining from Tuesday, and the Repsol riders got back on track to continue with an intensive workload. Lap-by-lap they improved upon their times, with Rins eventually scoring a 1’46.689 and Marquez a 1’47.706.

Two further sessions take place tomorrow morning, with a combined run alongside the Moto2 field and a Moto3-only session closing the 2013 preseason.

Alex Rins

1:46.689, 52 laps, 230 km.

"We started the day very well, clocking better times than monday very early on. As the hours went by, we kept up the pace and the feeling was good. In the afternoon we wanted to try out the bike in the hotter track temperatures, and it worked very well; the results were positive. At the end of the day, we can say that we achieved what we wanted: A fast lap time and a solid pace."

Alex Marquez

1:47.706, 68 laps, 301 km.

“I am very happy. Monday we took a step forward, and today we did the same again. We did a good job and I am feeling really good on the bike. Halfway through the day my times began to plateau a little, but in the end I lowered them again with a setup that I like and some fresh tyres. I think that we can still improve further, and tomorrow we will try to make the most of the little remaining track time”.


Kornfeil and Iwema in the big pack

Day 3 of the four day Moto3 test in Jerez showed a big pack of riders close together. RW Racing GP riders Jakub Kornfeil and Jasper Iwema were out on track for 64 laps each. In the combined standings at the end of the day the Czech was 9th. The Dutchman found himself back in 22nd, but just a second behind his teammate.

Both RW Racing GP riders are part of the big pack of riders just behind the top 4. These four – Viñales, Rins, Folger and Salom – form a league of their own. Viñales set his fastest time already in the morning session. The Spaniard missed the afternoon session after injuring his hand in a crash.

Behind them the pack is getting closer together. The difference between number 5 (Binder) and number 19 (Vazquez) is less than a second. So is the gap between Kornfeil in 9th and Iwema in 22nd.

This is going to be the story of the 2013 season, predicts RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen. "There will be a big middle bracket within a second. It just depends on which end of the second you are. On one end you’re on row 3 of the startgrid, on the other end you’re fighting to be with the top 20.’’

Team manager Jarno Janssen: "I am satisfied with the results of both Jakub and Jasper. The adjustment of the gearshift of Jakubs Kalex KTM took some time. Because the exhaust system has been changed also the gearshift had to be changed. We couldn’t fix that properly for Jakub. We have to wait for new parts from Kalex.’’

Jakub Kornfeil (9): "My gearshift is a bit different from the rest. The lever is lower than usual but with the new Akrapovic exhaust it didn’t work. I couldn’t change gears. So I was in the garage often to find a solution.’’

Jasper Iwema (22): "I am improving a lot, but the rest is getting faster as well. That is a bit frustrating sometimes, but I am confident I can still improve to low 48’s. I was with Vazquez and Oliveira for a while and I could easily stay with them. Putting down one perfect lap remains a point for improvement I’m afraid, but my race pace is good. We have found a good setup for the bike, and I have found my rhythm. I am happy with that.’’


TEROL AND TORRES FIFTH AND SEVENTH AT JEREZ

ASPAR Team continue improvements with new clutch after a marathon day on track

Blue skies made for perfect conditions for the final full day of Moto2 preseason testing at Jerez today, where only two brief delays caused by red flags interrupted an otherwise relentless day of hard work. Lap times in the intermediate category continue to fall although they are still not on pace with the last test here Jerez back in February. Today's pacesetter was Pol Espargaró, followed by Nakagami and Simón, with no fewer than six Spanish riders in the top ten.

No doubt both ASPAR Team riders will be looking forward to their beds tonight after a marathon day of tests. Nico Terol completed 69 laps and Jordi Torres 72, both putting together a string of short bursts as they looked to improve the performance of their machines, specifically in terms of rear grip and their new clutch systems. Both riders ended the day feeling satisfied with the job done, having both clocked their best times in the exclusive Moto2 session. Terol was the fifth fastest rider on track with a time of 1'43.438, with Torres an encouraging seventh fastest.

5th Nico Terol 1.43.438 (69 laps): "I'm grateful for the good weather today because we really needed some dry testing time. We had to work on the engine braking but we still have work to do to improve corner entry. We have taken a big step today though and hopefully we can make that final 'click' tomorrow. Otherwise I am happy with our pace, which was comfortably in the mid 1'43s, and with the progress we made on the rear end, especially under acceleration. Every little step is making the bike easier to ride and I am sure we can still improve a lot more."

7th Jordi Torres 1.43.641 (72 laps): "We had a lot of work to do today because of yesterday's rain and it was all hands on deck from the first thing this morning. With the new engine we were struggling a little to get the bike stopped so we worked on that and in the break between the first session and the exclusive Moto2 session we tried to work it out and come up with some ideas. We improved the situation but were still getting some bouncing on the rear so we needed to work on that. We have done 72 laps today, tested a tonne of things and now we have a lot of options. Tomorrow we will try to pick the right ones and go even faster than today. I'm tired now but happy with the feeling we have found. Hopefully we can confirm it on the final day of the test tomorrow."


Red Bull KTM Ajo keep taking preseason form forward

Luis Salom, Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin make the most of excellent conditions to draw important conclusions at Jerez.

20/03/13 - Circuito de Jerez

The three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders enjoyed a day of dry practice in Jerez. The sun came out early at the Spanish track, and allowed for an intense workload of testing different settings on the KTM bikes to be carried out –with one eye on the upcoming Grand Prix of Qatar. Luis Salom, Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin all improved their best times in each of the sessions.

Fine weather was present from the early morning at the Circuito de Jerez. Nevertheless, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders preferred to wait until 11.30am to leave the garage, waiting on an increase in track temperature to 27ºC. The first of the trio to go out was Spanish rider Luis Salom, with a run of four laps that put him to the head of the timesheet. Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin waited an extra half-hour to get on their KTM bikes. The session helped them to regain a feel for dry weather after yesterday’s washout.

In the second session, with track temperatures up by ten degrees, Luis Salom went out on track determined to continue his progression. The Spanish rider put in 10 laps that served to give him the top time of 1’47.792. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis also lowered their times from the first session, as all three riders started to prepare settings for the first Grand Prix of the year, in Qatar.

To end the day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo trio continued to improve their one-off lap times. Zulfahmi Khairuddin was the rider to put in the most laps, with 30. Salom rode 18 and Sissis 12. The combined standings for the three sessions had Salom fourth fastest (1’47.094), Sissis tenth quickest (1’47.861) and Zulfahmi Khairuddin sixteenth (1’48.316).

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team will conclude their preseason with a fourth day of testing on Thursday –one which will conclude at midday.

Results

1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:46.603

2. Álex Rins (KTM) 1:46.689 +0.086

3. Jonas Folger (Kalex-KTM) 1:47.010 +0.407

4. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.094 +0.491

5. Brad Binder (Suter-Honda) 1:47.701 +1.098

10. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.861 +1.258

16. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:48.316 +1.713

Luis Salom

“It's been a good day. We had a few problems, but we were able to solve them. I realised today the reasons why I am best off riding with this team; I saw that this is the team that I needed behind me a long time ago. I was surprised at how much work they were able to carry out. They made some changes with the setup in a very short amount of time, so that I could at least put in eight laps. I was left speechless. I want to thank them, because they give 100% every minute so that the bike and I are good together. I have to say that this was a positive day for us."

Arthur Sissis

“I am happy, because I wasn't expecting to ride a 1'47. We didn't start so well, we made some changes from Monday and in the end had to go back to the setup from two days ago. From that base we tried some different changes and I began to feel better on the bike. I feel pretty good. I wasn't able to put in as many laps as I would have liked, because we tried a lot of things with our focus on Qatar. Tomorrow we will try to improve my riding and some other small things, and I think that we will go much better."

Zulfahmi Khairuddin"Today the weather was really good and we were able to improve upon our times from yesterday -although the other riders also went faster. The important thing is that we are on the right path and will continue working on the chassis setup to keep improving. I am not satisfied with today's result, but tomorrow we will have another opportunity to get better and improve our lap times."


New step forward for Niklas Ajo

Avant Tecno KTM rider lowers best lap time in each session on day three in Jerez.

20/03/13 - Circuito de Jerez

Today was an important day of work for Niklas Ajo in Jerez. The Avant Tecno KTM rider took advantage of good weather at the Andalusian track, making up for time lost yesterday because of rain. Niklas rode 58 laps and improved his best time in every session.

Good weather at the Circuito de Jerez allowed Niklas Ajo to go out on track shortly before midday. Despite a small, harmless crash at Turn 5, the session served to establish a dry setup for his bike. In the second session, the Avant Tecno KTM rider put in laps from the first possible minute, completing 17 laps and finally improving the time set in the morning with a 1’49.156 lap.

In the final runout, the Finnish rider further lowered his best lap time by over a second, ending the day with a 1:47.787 that put him 8th on the timesheet.

The fourth and final day of the Jerez test —and the 2013 preseason— takes place tomorrow.

Niklas Ajo

"Today was a much better day, because obviously the weather improved a lot. Our feeling on the bike also improved. We had much less chatter and I also improved my riding a little -I think that this was the most important thing. Before, I found it harder to ride comfortably and now I have managed to adapt a little better. So I'm happy with that. The feeling was good from the start and I didn't have to force things to get good times, nor follow anyone. I am happy, because we improved a lot."


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