The Moto2 and Moto3 teams issued the following press releases after their private test at Valencia. It being a private test, they also sprinkled their press releases liberally with video:
SUCCESSFUL TEST FOR OLIVEIRA & KENT AT VALENCIA
The Leopard Racing team have today completed an intense two-day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Cheste with riders Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira.
The two riders worked hard to learn the new Moto2 machines that they will compete on in 2016. It was the first time that the new team had been on track with their rivals in the championship this year and was a key marker to understand their progress so far.
The pit boxes were a hive of activity as technicians and riders exchanged information to make the necessary progress forward. Putting Moto3 class rivalry behind them, Kent and Oliveira worked well together to bring key feedback to the team and shared information openly.
Despite the cold and sometimes wet weather in Valencia, the Leopard Racing riders banked many laps over the two days, with a total of 73 laps for Kent and 113 for Oliveira.
Danny Kent suffered a crash at Turn 7, fortunately without serious injury, but made steps forward over the two days on his return to the Moto2 class as Miguel Oliveira continued to focus on riding style and adapting to his new Kalex machine.
#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA:
"We have not changed much, we started with the basic setting of Barcelona. We have tried many things despite the fact we lost a little time with tires. I'm focused more on riding style, to move myself closer to the Moto2 style: for example, in the entrance to the curve. The tires will be the most important aspect to understand. All in all we are satisfied with the achieved time."
#52 Danny Kent:
“It was another good two days of testing for me and the team. Myself and my crew chief have a plan and we will stick to that plan as we did in 2015 pre-season and we’ve learned a lot together. Unfortunately, I had a small crash on the second day at Turn 7 where I tucked the front at 200km/h. I’ve hurt my arm a little but thankfully nothing more. Overall it was a really good two days, it’ great to be back with the team, we know we have a lot to learn still but it was a solid start.”
Johann Zarco starts 2016 preseason testing in Valencia
Ajo Motorsport rider completes positive two days of private testing at Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Valencia, Spain).
02/12/2016 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain
After a two-month winter break, the reigning Moto2 World Champion, Johann Zarco, was back onboard his Kalex on Thursday and Friday of this week. The Ajo Motorsport rider undertook two days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, as he continued to adapt to the new bike he will ride in 2016. Rainy conditions on Thursday and strong gusts of wind throughout the test at Spanish track did not prevent Zarco from drawing some positive conclusions.
Zarco was able to complete some 132 laps in the first two days of testing for the year. On the first day, rain ended the action on track at midday, whilst on Friday the Frenchman rode for five hours in an intensive plan designed to give him confidence with the 2016 Kalex. Work was primarily focused on setups with a hard tyre and trying out new WP suspensions.
The Ajo Motorsport team travel to Jerez for a second two-day test, which takes place on Sunday and Monday.
"These two days of testing at Valencia have gone very well. Firstly, I was very happy to see my team again and sense the atmosphere of wanting to work hard. Things went well for us from Thursday, as we were able to test things with different aspects of this new bike. From a technical point of view, these days are very important for analysing my weaknesses from last year and working on them. The team told me that I had a good pace and the work has been positive. Today we worked for longer, without stopping, and also set a good lap time. We end the first days of testing with a smile, as it seems that everything is working well and we are on the right track. We will continue to work relentlessly, which is the most important thing at this time of the season."
"I am pleased that Johann [Zarco] has come back so focused again, and is doing such a consistent job. We rode with this bike at the end of last year, but over these two days in Valencia we have tried out some new parts too, and also the new WP suspensions for the first time. With all these new parts, on the second day we set some very good lap times. These two days should really have only been for shaking off the cobwebs, but it seems that we are already at a good level. So we are very pleased to continue testing in Jerez with this situation."
Red Bull KTM Ajo get 2016 preseason underway in Valencia
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder undertake first two days of testing for 2016, after two months out of action.
Thursday saw the Red Bull KTM Ajo team begin their first test of the year, in Valencia. The two-day visit to the Spanish circuit saw Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder get back onboard their KTM bike after a two-month testing ban for the Moto3 field. Both riders were satisfied with their first impressions, despite strong winds affecting the two days. The duo will continue their preseason work on Sunday at Jerez.
Binder and Bendsneyder had two days to find their feel for the KTM Moto3 bike at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, although the weather conditions did not make it easy. Rainfall on Thursday afternoon and constant gusts of wind caused plenty of problems for some riders, but Binder was able to complete a total of 98 laps and Bendsneyder 99. Both suffered small crashes on Friday morning, from which they escaped unharmed and were able to continue to work with KTM bike –which from the outset has given a very good feeling to the whole team.
The 2016 preseason continues for Red Bull KTM Ajo at Jerez on Sunday, as they ride in another two-day test.
"We couldn’t ride much yesterday, as it rained in the afternoon, but it was very good to get back on the KTM and regain a feel for the bike after two months off it. Yesterday was fine for a first encounter with the bike, despite the rain and strong gusts of wind. Today we had some doubts when we went out, because the wind was strong again. It’s true that we didn’t have the best conditions, but we have learned a lot about the bike for this year, we have taken note and -once we were more relaxed- started going fast at the end of the day. We are eager to continue working in Jerez."
"These first two days of testing have gone very well. We were able to try out many different setups for the bike. After two months without riding the KTM, I enjoyed myself and we improved a lot. These days of testing have helped us to take stock, correctly position myself on the bike and, above all, feel comfortable. We have improved the feeling of the bike in general, but especially the front end. Now we go to Jerez, where we are sure we can continue taking steps forward.”
"I am satisfied with these two days in Valencia. I think these days of testing are good to get on the bike, find an initial feeling and get things underway again. We do not have a target beyond getting everything back in place and going again. I'm happy with how the new bike is behaving. The feeling is very similar to last year’s, but we have found improvements. What I am most happy about is that everything worked perfectly from the start, and this gives us more possibilities for further improvement. I am very pleased with this start and the excellent support of KTM."
GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 CONCLUDES PRODUCTIVE VALENCIA TEST
The two-day test at the Valencia circuit came to a close today for Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio: after a first day partially affected by rain, the 18-year-old from Rimini and the 17-year-old rookie from Rome put in a good number of laps aboard their new Honda NSF250RW machines, starting to make the first important work on the set-up, although in the afternoon the strong wind complicated a bit the work of the team.
Bastianini, who had a slight crash at Turn 4, showed a good rhythm: already pleased with the behaviour of his bike on used tyres, because of the strong wind Enea and his engineers opted to postpone further test on the set-up to the next test scheduled at Jerez on the 23rd and 24th of February.
On the other side of the garage, rookie Di Giannantonio positively continued his apprenticeship completing no less than 70 laps and ending the first outing of 2016 with a good lap time. Fabio worked well with the team already finding a good base set-up, especially with regard to the front end.
ENEA BASTIANINI (49 laps)
“This morning things went pretty well, then I had a slight crash and in the afternoon the strong wind slowed us a bit. We worked on the bike set-up, but with the wind it was definitely not easy to assess the behaviour of the bike, so we preferred to make not too many changes. There are still a few days of testing scheduled, so we have time to work. I’m satisfied because we are already very fast on used tyres, but we will try to improve our performance when we put the new ones”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (70 laps)
“Today I was able to put in a lot of laps and I managed to get a good lap time: overall it’s been a very good day! We tried different things on the bike and we can say that we have already found a good direction. Obviously I need to continue to gain more confidence and I have still to learn from the fastest, but I’m satisfied with the progress made in this first test of the year. In particular, we were looking for a better feeling on the front end and, working alongside HRC technicians, we found a good base. Too bad only for the strong wind that slowed us in the final part of the day”.
“This first test of the year has been definitely positive: after yesterday afternoon’s rain, today we could make more laps and try different set-up solutions. Unfortunately today we encountered a strong wind: in this condition the bike moves a lot, so it was certainly not easy to work. Because of the wind Enea had also a crash. However, after this first outing we are in line with our schedule and we are not worried at all: Bastianini and Di Giannantonio god good lap times, now we move to Jerez where we will continue our work”.
Tech3 duo make encouraging first steps at opening test
Tech3 Racing Team riders Xavi Vierge and Isaac Viñales closed the two day Valencia test in a positive manner as preparations for the 2016 season kicked off.
The young Spanish riders sampled this season’s Mistral 610 as well as the new KYB suspension, which they will confidently compete with in the 2016 Moto2 World Championship. In addition, they both also tested the new Nissin brakes and Sakura exhaust system with the feedback being positive.
Xavi Vierge pushed tirelessly throughout the two day test and completed more laps than any other rider, with his personal best being just one second from the leading time. Meanwhile, rookie Isaac Viñales continued his adaptation to the intermediate class with a determined effort as he collected valuable feedback with the season inching closer.
Xavi Vierge – 3rd – 1’35.5 – Laps: 90
“I am very happy with what we accomplished at this test and I am excited for our next run out in Jerez. We ran a solid programme and had a lot of different things to try but overall, I am satisfied with every aspect. The new chassis package was positive and I am already quite comfortable with it. In addition, we tested a lot of suspension parts from KYB and I am really pleased with this as the results were encouraging and we had some great support from them. We also tried new Nissin brakes and a new exhaust pipe from Sakura, which all felt positive and had a good impact. Furthermore, I was still able to set a competitive lap time that leaves me satisfied about the first test and eager for more. I must say thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team because they worked really hard during the winter and now everything is coming together.”
Isaac Viñales - 7th – 1’36.9 – Laps: 72
“Overall, both days were positive and I have to say that I am pleased with the work that we achieved. It’s great to be back at the track where we finally started our preparation for the approaching season. I am very pleased with the Tech3 Racing Team’s work and how they are helping me, with the overall feeling being confident. Of course, the change to Moto2 is challenging but I feel that I am gradually adapting to the intermediate class and I am looking forward to making some further steps forward at the next test.”
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 wrap up first test of the year in Valencia
Jorge Navarro focuses on regaining feel for Honda bike with which he will compete this season.
On Thursday and Friday, 2015 Moto3 Rookie of the Year Jorge Navarro was back on track with his Honda NSF250RW, taking part in a private test at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. It was his first test of 2016, with the start of the season -under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar- just 34 days away.
Unstable conditions faced the participants in the test, including winds reaching up to 63km/h at times. Jorge Navarro focused on regaining his feel for the Honda with which he will ride in the upcoming season, putting in a total of 93 laps of the Valencian track and setting very similar times to those put in during the last private test for the team -held last November. The Spaniard experienced two scares during the test, suffering light crashes at Turns 2 and 4 as a result of the wind. He escaped unharmed from both falls.
Navarro’s new teammate for the upcoming season, Aaron Canet, did not take part in the test as he continues his recovery from an injury to his left tibia. Canet underwent surgery in January and doctors will assess his recuperation in the coming weeks, to confirm whether he will be able to participate in the first IRTA test on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Jerez.
The next private test for Jorge Navarro will be held on February 23rd and 24th at Jerez.
RW Racing GP and Livio Loi satisfied with first test
RW Racing GP has concluded a first test at Valencia with satisfaction. The team and its rider Livio Loi were able to do a lot of work with the new Honda NSF250RW to be well prepared for the start of the 2016 season.
“We had much work to do,” said Livio Loi. “The first day we spent most of the time getting the setup and the position right. Rain interrupted the test, but we did get some reasonable laps under our belt. Today we started from scratch in trying different setups and see what happened if we changed things.”
In doing so Loi experienced a small crash in turn 2 of the Ricardo Tormo circuit, but the Belgian was back on the bike within half an hour. “It was really nothing, so we were able to move on quickly. After that I could set some quite good lap times of around 1.40,3. We’ve done a good job, I think. The feeling is good and we’re satisfied with this test.”
The team will now take the bike back to the workshop in the Netherlands to finish the preparations. The next outing will be the IRTA test in the first week of March in Jerez.
BASTIANINI AND DI GIANNANTONIO KICK OFF 2016 PREPARATIONS AT VALENCIA
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio were back in action today at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia to face the first testing day of the year aboard their new Honda NSF250RW Moto3 machines.
After a long winter break, the main focus for both riders was to regain the necessary confidence on the bike; unfortunately, a rain shower in the afternoon slowed their plans, with Bastianini that could only complete 25 laps, while Di Giannantonio put in 32 laps.
Enea and Fabio will be back on track tomorrow for the second and final day at Valencia, after which the team will move to Jerez De La Frontera for another two-day test on the 23rd and 24th of February.
ENEA BASTIANINI (25 laps)
“To be back on track, no matter what, is always a good sensation: it means that finally the races are approaching! Basically we used this first day to regain the necessary confidence with the bike, although the arrival of rain didn’t allow us to put in many laps. We didn’t work on the bike setup yet, but only small adjustments regarding my position on the bike and things like that. However, it was a useful day, we enjoyed it: it’s always nice to get back on track at the beginning of the year. Tomorrow, we will start to make the first setup adjustments and surely lap by lap we will find out the direction to follow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (32 laps)
“It was a good day because I like the new bike and it seems to work very well! Obviously, I still need to get the right feeling to be able to push harder and I want to do it gradually, without rush into things. Therefore today I didn’t push a lot, I just tried to take step by step the necessary confidence. Unfortunately because of the rain I could only complete 32 laps, which are not many. Tomorrow we will continue to work, hoping that there will be the opportunity to put in more kilometers”.
2016 season has started with first test
RW Racing GP and Livio Loi have started their campaign for the 2016 Moto3 World Championship today in Valencia. Yesterday RW Racing GP spend all day to build the new Honda, that was delivered as a do-it-yourself-kit, in parts and pieces. This morning Livio Loi got the first taste of his new best friend for the rest of the year.
This first day in Valencia isn’t so much about lap times yet. “It is a shakedown to get the basic set up of the bike right,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen tells. “We got the new bike on Tuesday and spend all day building it from scratch yesterday. It is quite different from last year’s bike, and this test gives us and Livio the opportunity to get used to it.”
It also gives the team the opportunity to get used to two new team members, Spaniard Adria Requena and Briton Philip Stiles. “It is important everybody gets to know each other and understands each other well before the start of the season,” Janssen explains. “Both Adria and Philip are experienced mechanics, but new to our team, and both chief mechanic Hans Spaan and our rider have to get used to them as well as the other way around.”
This morning Livio Loi got a first taste of the new Honda. “It is different, but it also feels familiar. It is great anyhow to be back on the bike after training my butt off during the winter. Today is about getting the basic set up right, seating position, that kind of things. Tomorrow we will try a few different things and concentrate a little bit more on lap times.”