Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at the end of the three-day test at Valencia:
Rabat immediately on the pace at washed out Valencia test
Valencia, Spain – 12 February 2015: The opening test of the season at Valencia proved a washout for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, as intermittent rain left Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez sat in the pit box for two of the three days.
The two reigning World Champions each completed 50 laps on the opening day, but with the track temperature never rising above 14 degrees centigrade, the opportunity to test anything meaningful was severely limited.
Third on the timesheet at the end of the opening day, Rabat declared himself satisfied with his first day back at work, despite three crashes in the tricky conditions. Moto2 rookie Marquez ended the first day in 26th position but was left frustrated as the deteriorating weather conditions meant he was unable to continue his familiarisation with the Kalex Moto2 bike he’ll race this season.
Both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders were set to test again this afternoon, as more persistent rain left the track fully wet for the first time, only for the circuit to be closed after a Moto3 rider dropped oil from turn one through to turn four.
The team now head for the second test of the season, which gets underway on Tuesday of next week at Jerez, where everyone is hoping for an improvement in the weather.
Tito Rabat: 3rd – 1’35.145
“The first day was very positive for me, despite the cold conditions, because I was so fast and consistent from the start and, on the hard tyre, I was able to match the pole time from last year in only the second session. The second day was half dry, half wet and very cold, so there was no sense to take a big risk and ride. Today we had full wet conditions and we were ready to test, but then one of the Moto3 riders dropped oil on the track so, once again, we were left sitting in the pit box. Now I want to get back into my routine before heading next week to Jerez, where I hope we have better weather.”
Alex Marquez: 26th – 1’37.773
“At the beginning of my first year in Moto2 I need as much track time as possible, especially as my feeling with the bike wasn’t so good after crashing during a shakedown test in Almeria last week. I need to start enjoying myself on the bike again, because this is when the lap times come, and I need to recover again the good feeling. Unfortunately the weather here at Valencia meant I didn’t get a chance to do that, as I only really had one day on the bike. Now we head for three more days of testing at Jerez where, with better weather forecast, we should be able to make up for the lost track time here.”
Rain disrupts Red Bull KTM Ajo plans in Valencia
First Moto3 Official Test of the year concludes ahead of schedule for Red Bull KTM Ajo, due to rain and adverse track conditions.
02/12/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
The first three days of official testing in the 2015 preseason was adversely affected by the weather in Valencia. After a positive opening day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were faced with rain on Wednesday and showers and oil on track on Thursday. That led to Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika being unable to complete their planned testing workload.
The trio of Red Bull KTM Ajo riders leave Valencia with the satisfaction of having had a positive first day, in which their feeling and times with the new KTM were very promising. This was the only day of the three that they were able to make full use of, as on Wednesday mixed track conditions and intermittent rain forced them to stay in the garage. Today an oil spill from another rider meant that Oliveira, Binder and Hanika were only able to put in two laps in the wet.
Happy with their work so far with the KTM, both in Almería last week and Valencia on Tuesday, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team now head to Jerez –where next week they will undertake three days of Official Test action.
#44 Miguel Oliveira
"These two tests –Almeria and Valencia– have been very positive. Unfortunately, during the three days in Valencia we have not been able to ride as much as we would have liked, because of the bad weather. However, we still take some very positive feelings away from this test from the first day, so we have bear that in mind and not worry too much. We have to go to Jerez and focus on working with the bike and trying to understand it as much as possible."
#41 Brad Binder
"The first day was really positive. We worked hard on the bike and found a good setup, and I think we are going in the right direction. I really wanted to go back out again, but I couldn’t ride yesterday because the weather was very bad. Today I had the hope that we would have a dry track and better weather, but it ended up raining all day. This morning I put in a few laps to see how I felt in rainy conditions, and I really enjoyed it. In the afternoon I went back out, but on only the second lap someone spilled oil on the track and I suffered a small crash. It was unlucky, but you cannot do anything about it and sometimes these things happen.
We want analyse some things, like the geometry of the bike and my riding position, to see how can I adapt better, although we are not very far off getting it right because I feel great. The team have been doing an outstanding job, so I can only thank them. Now I am looking forward to Jerez, where hopefully we will have better weather and work in good conditions."
#98 Karel Hanika
"The first day went very well; at least we were able to ride. I am very happy because we have improved a lot. We tested different setups, accumulating many miles and trying to familiarise myself with the bike. Lap after lap we've been getting better and I feel more confident. The most important thing is that we set good times with new tyres and were consistent on each runout.
The team have also done a very good job and in the end we found a good setup, on which we have to keep working at Jerez. If we continue in this way, I’m sure we'll be fine. Unfortunately we were only able to ride for one day at Valencia, but we knew that this would happen. I can’t wait for Jerez."
Team Manager - Aki Ajo
"The conditions were not very favourable, but you have to be positive. We were able to ride on Tuesday, put in a lot of laps, keep learning and continue setting up the new bike. We have also been able to keep the entire team working with the new riders, which is always important. Tuesday was a very positive day and the riders were very consistent, although we did not put on a soft tyre to try to set any spectacular laps. They are very happy with the new bike and the feeling is very positive."
SIMEON ENDS VALENCIA TEST WITH A SUCCESSFUL LONG RUN IN WET CONDITIONS
The third and final day of Moto2 IRTA Test at Valencia was hampered by bad weather conditions: however, Xavier Siméon was still able to head out on track aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, taking advantage of the first morning session to complete a successful 24-lap long run in the wet. The 25-year-old Belgian rider set the fourth best performance of the day with a time of 1’47”935. In the combined standings of the three-day test, Siméon remains fifth thanks to the lap time obtained in the first day in the dry, 1’35”264.
The team will return to action next week for testing scheduled at the Jerez circuit from the 17th to 19th of February.
XAVIER SIMEON (4th - 1'47"935)
“Today we used only the first of three sessions available, which proved to be useful, anyway: I took the opportunity to make a long run under the rain and I found myself very at ease, riding steadily on good lap times. In these tests I always felt a good feeling with the bike on both dry and wet conditions, so despite the bad weather we can be satisfied with these three days. Next week in Jerez we will resume the work hoping to meet more favorable weather conditions”.
Zarco concludes first Official Test with fastest time
The new Ajo Motorsport project begins official Moto2 preseason testing with the fastest time in Valencia, in a week hit by rain.
02/12/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
Although two of the three scheduled days were hit by rain, Johann Zarco nevertheless leaves Valencia pleased and with the feeling of having done his homework. The Frenchman was able to draw important conclusions for the setup of his Kalex, both in dry and wet conditions. His time of 1:34.754 –the fastest lap recorded at the circuit– on Tuesday, was the quickest of the test.
The times from the opening day of the test decided the overall positions on the first Official Test timesheets. The rain did not let up from Wednesday and conditions on Thursday were also affected by oil spilt on the track. However, on Wednesday Zarco was quickest in the wet during the second session –the only run in which he participated– whilst today he completed 24 laps during his solitary session. His best lap from this Thursday was 1:48.864.
The preseason continues from Tuesday of next week at the Jerez Circuit (Spain). There, the Ajo Motorsport rider wants to continue his excellent adaptation to the Kalex.
Team Manager - Aki Ajo
"The start Johann [Zarco] has made has been amazing. In November he was amongst the fastest riders in Jerez and Valencia, and he has now followed on from that –both last week in Almeria and now again in Valencia. Unfortunately we could only ride on a dry track for one day, but once again he did a very good job. I am also very happy with how the entire team worked. As we have already gone faster than the circuit record here, then it is reason to be very happy."
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"The conclusions have to be positive, because I was the fastest on a dry track. Then we had two days in the wet and it was very cold, so we could not put in too many laps. However, even under these conditions we continued to work hard with the team to gather data and find out where we can improve. The feeling with the bike has been good and I'm happy about that –and with how the team are working. They have a calm methodology and allow me to stay calm and understand which direction we are going. It was good to test in both types of conditions and I cannot wait to go to Jerez, because it will be a circuit for which we already have references.
Setting the best time is not the most important thing –what we want is to win races– but it is good mentally and for the team's confidence."
Quartararo fastest in first official test of 2015
Repsol Moto3 riders conclude positive test at Valencia, where rain hindered the action on the last two days.
After a first test last week in Almeria, Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera headed to Valencia this week for a scheduled three days of preseason. The most positive work was done on the opening day, in which Quartararo was fastest, Navarro fourteenth and Maria Herrera twenty-seventh on the timesheets. Wednesday and Thursday’s workload was disrupted by cold temperatures and rain.
On Tuesday, the FIM CEV Repsol champion for the last two seasons showed his talent by setting the fastest lap of the test, stopping the clock at 1:39.392 and completing 49 laps. His teammate, Jorge Navarro, also continued with his adaptation to the new Honda NSF250RW and, after 45 laps, posted the fourteenth fastest time with a lap of 1:40.388. Maria Herrera took steps forward with her Husqvarna machine and finished twenty-seventh on the timesheets, with a time of 1:41.454 and completing 52 laps.
However, Wednesday saw rain and low temperatures and, as a precaution, none of the three went back out on track. The Repsol Moto3 riders will return to action next Tuesday at Jerez, where they will begin the second Official Test of the preseason.
Fabio Quartararo 1st 1:39.392 49 laps 196 km
"We could only ride on the first day, on Tuesday, as the state of the track yesterday and today was not good. However, we have been able to work on a few adjustments to further refine the setup of the bike, ahead of the first race of the season in Qatar. These past two days we decided not to ride, because in the wet it is very easy to crash and that would lead to us losing confidence. What matters now is not getting injured and making the most of the next few days of testing at Jerez".
Jorge Navarro 14th 1:40.388 45 laps 180 km
"I'm pretty happy with how the first day of the three went, because after so long without getting on the bike I wanted to ride again. It’s true that we went to Almeria last week, but I couldn’t ride much and it was more to get used to the bike again. At this test we were out on track with all the World Championship riders and, although there were only two sessions, the feeling was quite positive. Most importantly, we detected the points where we have to improve at the next test. Along with team we decided not to go out yesterday or today, because we had already tested in the wet in November and we did not want to take unnecessary risks. Next week we have three important days of testing at Jerez".
Maria Herrera 27th 1:41.454 52 laps 208 km
"The first and only day we rode, I felt very comfortable on the bike. We still have to put in more miles and improve, but on Tuesday we used the time well and rode as much as we could. I was feeling it a bit after having the winter off, but for now I quite like the new bike. The team are helping me a lot and we still have to keep working on the setup. The main differences between the bike this year and last year are with the engine and chassis. I think the Husqvarna has more power coming out of the corners. I am looking forward to riding and continuing working at Jerez."
Top10 for Corsi after injury comeback
It ends today the three-days test at Valencia circuit for the Forward Racing team and its riders Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri.
The first official Moto2 test of the 2015 season was an opportunity for Simone Corsi to get back on a bike after being six months away from racing due to a serious injury occurred last year at Silverstone . The Italian, after a long period of rehabilitation, rejoined the Forward Racing team lapping in 1.35.895 with his Kalex bike, a time that earned him the tenth place in the combined standings.
His teammate, Lorenzo Baldassarri, worked hard during the three day test, getting back on his Kalex bike after testing at Jerez last season. Baldassarri made the most of the sessions and boosted his riding confidence even despite two falls, fortunately without consequences, stopping the clock in 1.36.435, 17th overall.
A test, the one in Valencia, characterized by bad weather that has been the real protagonist of the event during the last two days. The testing for the upcoming season will continue for the Moto2 team next week at Jerez de la Frontera.
"I'm really happy to be back on track after six months from the accident at Silverstone. Being back in the box with my team and riding my bike again was a wonderful feeling. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side as two of the three days of testing were affected by heavy rain. I have not lapped a lot, I did not want to risk anything, but I am pretty satisfied. My arm has not given me any problem and I cannot wait to get back on track in Jerez."
"After a long winter finally I am back riding my Kalex. I could not work as hard as I wanted because of the weather, but I'm happy with the results. The feeling is good both in wet and dry conditions and this is very positive. I was immediately at ease riding the bike and I'm sure we can improve during next test in Jerez."
JUNIOR TEAM GRESINI MOTO3 HEAD TO JEREZ AFTER RAIN-AFFECTED VALENCIA TESTS
The first 2015 outing for the Junior Team Gresini Moto3 at the official IRTA test in Valencia was reduced from three to one day of activity: bad weather prevented Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli to ride neither yesterday nor today. Therefore, the only references were those of the opening day of testing, Tuesday, February 9th, performed on a dry track, with Bastianini third fastest in 1’39”669 (24 laps) and Andrea Locatelli, at his debut aboard the Honda NSF250RW machine and with the team, who set the 16th fastest time in 1’40”447 (35 laps), which significantly improves his performance from the Grand Prix of Valencia qualifying session of last November.
Waiting to get back on track next week for another three-day test scheduled at Jerez from the 17th of February, the first impressions are therefore positive, explains team manager Fausto Gresini.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t work a lot in this first test of the year and of course I’m disappointed for that. However, the opening day on a dry track went well for both our boys. Bastianini was immediately fast: it seems that he has already found a good base set-up and he’s happy about that. Locatelli, after all, is not very far from the pace and he set good lap times considering that he didn’t test at all last November. For him this was the first test with Honda and with our team. In general, there were many things to break in, but everything went smoothly and we can say that we have started 2015 on the right foot. Too bad only that we was not able to continue the work in the two following days. Now we move to Jerez hoping to meet a better weather”.