Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams present at the Valencia test:
DI GIANNANTONIO FRACTURES RIGHT COLLARBONE IN VALENCIA TEST
Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider Fabio Di Giannantonio had a difficult end to the first test of the year, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia: the 18-year-old racer from Rome suffered a crash today at Turn 4, towards the end of the second and last day of testing. After being taken to the Valencia hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone. After the medical checks, it will be decided whether to return to Italy to undergo the surgery to reduce the fracture.
On the other side of the garage, Jorge Martin instead ended the test in a very positive way: the 19-year-old Spaniard put in a total of 62 laps today, the best in 1’40”181, and he was very pleased with the work done on the bike.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
“Yesterday, in the first day of testing, we made just a few laps because of the strong wind and already this morning the second day of testing had not started in the best way, since I had immediately a slight crash. However, later we continued the test making a good job; in the final stages of the day we were doing some last set-up tests and probably because of cold tyres I made a high side, crashing and braking my right collarbone. It’s a shame, but my morale remains high: now I just need to get back in shape as soon as possible!”.
“After a first day in which actually we didn’t had the possibility to ride because of the strong wind, this morning we could finally start to work on the bike. I’m happy because I felt comfortable right from the first laps; later I struggled a bit when opening ther throttle, but then I was able to change my riding style and to adapt it better to this bike. I’m starting to understand it more deeply and now I love to ride it! Although actually I can’t do a real comparison with the 2016 Honda, because I didn’t ride it a lot, I really like the new frame! We made a good step forward, but I think there is still room for improvement, especially with regard to the corner exit. I can’t to get back on track for the test scheduled later this month at Jerez, where I believe we can do again a great job!”.
2017 preparation gets underway for RBA Racing with a test at Cheste
RBA Racing finished two days of private testing today, as the team gets ready for the beginning of the Moto3 World Championship.
It was an important test for both riders, who could get out on track for the first time on the 2017 KTM machines and start to work with the new team members. It was a positive shakedown test for Rodrigo and Guevara, who will be back on track next week, on 18th and 19th February.
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo:
“Yesterday we couldn’t really do much during the first day on track, since it was very windy. However, it was useful in order to get to know the bike and to get rid of the dust from the winter break. In the end the feeling wasn’t too bad, in spite of the conditions. Today, since the beginning, we improved the lap times on used tyres and worked on my riding style in each run, as well as on the set-up of the bike. The training we followed during the winter was essential: physically I’m 100% all the time, and that allows me to focus totally and work on the KTM. Here at Valencia we started from the setting we had last year. We’re already at a similar level compared to 2016, and this is really important, especially if we consider that this is the first test. We have a great base and it can be of some use also next week, in order to get ready for the first IRTA test and mainly for the Qatar race. I’m very happy with the work done by the team, both by the new guys and the ones that were already here. I’m looking forwards to the next test and to keeping up this line.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara:
“I’m happy with these two days of test. It was fundamental to have this shakedown as soon as possible, in order to find out where we can improve and the points on which to focus to put in an effective preparation. After a two-month break, eventually we could get on the bike: KTM did an impressive job during the winter and we could find the improvements for which we were hoping. Now we’ll start adjusting the bike as much as possible to my riding style. On the other hand, this was also the first chance to work with some new guys in the team: it’s essential to create a strong group before the Championship. I’m happy with how this test went and I’m looking forwards to coming back to Cheste next week. It’s important to start working now, so we can be ready as soon as possible.”
Bendsneyder and Antonelli get back in action in Valencia
Bendsneyder sets fastest lap of two days of testing in Valencia, whilst Antonelli takes big steps forward in his adaptation to the KTM machine.
02/09/2017 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain
The current Moto3 Team World Champions returned to action this week at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where they completed their most recent preseason test last November. Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli were satisfied with their work, with the Dutchman being the fastest of all the participants in the test with a 1:39.756 lap.
The pair had a difficult first day on Wednesday, with high winds and poor track conditions in the early hours of the test. Despite this, they completed 43 and 42 laps, respectively. With much more favourable weather on Thursday, both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders improved their times on Day 2. Antonelli -64 laps- was very happy with the behaviour of the bike, which he rode despite not being one hundred percent fit yet. Over the course of 74 laps, Bendsnedyer had a good feeling that is positive for the coming season, and on his final run clocked the fastest time of the test.
Content with their first contact of the year with the new KTM bike, the young pair of riders will be putting in further laps at the end of the month at the Jerez Circuit.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"I'm glad to be back at work and getting out on track again. We have been lucky with the weather; here in Valencia you never know what the weather is going to do in February. Yesterday it was very windy, but it was not bad conditions to start off the year. We had begun our testing with the new riders and the new bike in November, so we weren’t starting from scratch. Today, on the second day, there was much less wind. I am very satisfied with how we’ve started 2017; we’ve put a lot of kilometres in and got a lot of useful information for the next test at Jerez."
#23 Niccolo Antonelli
"The test was good, but in the end we weren’t able to set a fast time. The most positive thing is that we have been able to try out many things, and this will work out very well for us. I’ve worked hard but it is still not enough, because my shoulder is not at 100%; we will see how it evolves ahead of the start of the season. The bike from now and that from November are very similar; things have changed as we have been testing things and introducing modifications. The KTM is a very good bike, but I still have to work more to understand it better."
#64 Bo Bendsneyder
"The test went well. We had already tested the new bike in the test last year, so we were a little more prepared. The feeling is very good with this bike; the chassis allows for a smoother riding style and I think it suits my way of riding a bit more. I like it very much. We tried many things today and at the end of the day we had some problems that we were able to solve. We have set quite good times, so I’m happy. In the afternoon, as the temperature lowered, we tried to set a fast lap time but it was getting harder every time, even with new tyres. However, the pace was very good."
Oliveira strong at Valencia test in teammate Binder’s absence
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider sets fastest Moto2 time of the first two days of action in 2017. Brad Binder, recovering from an injury to his left arm, is unable to participate.
02/09/2017 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain
After a two month break, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia welcomed the new Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 project for testing this week. Miguel Oliveira was the only one of the two riders back onboard his KTM, however, since reigning Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder remains sidelined with an injury in his left arm. He was replaced for the two-day test by Ricky Cardus. Oliveira was the fastest rider on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Strong gusts of wind and a poor track surface early in the day made it a difficult return to work for the intermediate class riders in Valencia. Oliveira, who set a 1:37.162 top time on Wednesday, was able to make the most of more favourable conditions on Thursday to lower his best lap to 1:35.887. Rather than focusing on hot laps, the Portuguese was looking to regain his feel for the bike and try out new setups. He put in a total of 129 laps over the course of the test.
Binder will again undergo a medical examination in two weeks’ time, in order to assess whether he will be fit to join Oliveira for testing at the Jerez Circuit later this month.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"It was a shame that Brad [Binder] couldn’t be here, after injuring his hand and undergoing two operations. The goal is for him to be back in time for the Jerez test. Once again, Miguel [Oliveira] has demonstrated his professionalism, gathering a lot of useful data during these two days in Valencia with the new KTM Moto2 bike."
#44 Miguel Oliveira
"We’ve had two days of hard work and a lot of laps, especially today because the temperature was ideal for riding and there was much less wind than yesterday. We did a very good job and were able to test a lot of things, focusing on improving the rear of the bike. We didn’t look for a fast lap and instead did some race preparation with used tyres. The setting for the shock has changed, although this was something we had already taken into account. At Jerez, a very different circuit to this one, we will be able to try softer tyres and continue working on the rear. We already have many ideas in mind for what we want to test there."
Valencia pre-season test 8-9 February 2017
The Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Team came back on track, yesterday and today, at Valencia circuit for the first two private test days of the season, organized by the Monlau team. The real protagonist of the first test day was the strong wind which didn't allow Romano Fenati and Jules Danilo to give their best. Team and riders preferred to avoid risks and preserve bikes and energies for the second day. Today was the right day to get the rust off, especially for Romano, who, apart from the latest tests in Valencia in November, was out from tracks for a long time. He concentrated on the new bike and on the feeling with the team. Anyway, he got the third time (01.40"106) but ,to say the truth, no one of the riders came close to the record of the track, still one second lower. One second is separating Jules Danilo. The French rider is trying to find back the feeling with the bike and he needs time to know his team, partially renewed. We come back home with positive feelings, considering that riders used just the chassis version 2017. In fact their Honda bikes still have the old engine and livery.
Romano Fenati: "It was a positive day! Unfortunately we couldn't turn a lot yesterday because it was very windy and conditions were prohibitive. We preferred to avoid risks and preserve bike and energies for today and it was the right solution. We worked well for the whole day and now we just have to improve. We will continue the work at Jerez in the next test sessions".
Jules Danilo: "This morning we started well, then for a long period in the afternoon, I was not feeling confident with the bike. We concentrated on the front as main problems were there but in the last ten minutes we decided to change the set up at the rear and the feeling came back immediately and I started to improve. I am still far from where I expected to be but we have the time to find the right way and, with the new team, to understand how to work well together".
Canet and Bastianini return to action in Valencia
Estrella Galicia 0,0 duo, Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet, finish two days of testing at Spanish track focusing on improvements to the aerodynamics made by Honda.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team brought an end to their winter break this week, undertaking a two-day test in Valencia on Wednesday and Thursday. The track had been the scene of their most recent Grand Prix outing, back in November.
Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet returned to action after having recovered from their respective surgeries in December of 2016, and used the test to regain their feel for riding.
Although the sun was out on Wednesday, strong gusts of wind caused difficulties on track, and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 pair decided against putting in many laps. Conditions on Thursday were hotter -14ºC- and less windy, allowing them to progress with their workload from 10am to 5pm.
Focusing on improvements to the aerodynamics made by Honda this season, Canet -after a total of 77 laps- clocked the second fastest time of the test with a time of 1:39.807. Bastianini was 8 tenths off his teammate after completing a total of 75 laps.
The duo and their team will continue their work on track at the next test, which will take place on February 22nd and 23rd at the Circuito de Jerez.
1: 40,626, 75 laps, 300km
"We’ve gone further in the direction in which we have to work this season"
"Yesterday it was very windy and we only did four laps in the morning. I also had a stomach problem and didn’t feel very well. Today, although I felt a little better, I still wasn’t at 100%. In the morning I was able to ride quite hard because I felt energised, but then in the afternoon I wasn’t able to improve. However, I think the day has been very productive because we completed many laps and this has allowed us to go further in the direction in which we have to work this season. In addition to the aerodynamics, we also focused on finding a good compromise with the rear setup to help me improve my pace."
1:39,807, 77 laps, 308km
"We have worked intensely with the new fairings"
"We couldn’t draw many conclusions yesterday; it was very windy and we decided not to take unnecessary risks, so we didn’t put in more than three laps. Today the conditions were better for riding, so we went out on track in the first hour. Unfortunately, on my third lap, when braking entering Turn 10 I lost the front and crashed. It reduced my confidence and hindered me on the following laps, but as the day has progressed I gradually regained my feeling. This allowed us to work intensely with the new fairings and see how the Honda for 2017 has improved aerodynamically. In general, the conclusions after riding with the 2017 Honda are good; we have been fast and I feel we have taken a step forward, so w
2017 begins in Valencia for the Leopard Racing team
The riders Joan Mir and Livio Loi were out on track for the first private test of the 2017 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, where they got acquainted with the Honda NSF250R.
The Leopard Racing team starts at the same circuit where last November they ended the 2016 season ,celebrating the second step of the podium Joan Mir, a result that allowed the Spaniard to win the Rookie of the Year.
The 4 Km track named after Ricardo Tormo opened the 2017 season for many Moto2 and Moto3 teams. For Leopard Racing it was a significant event, changing to Honda machinery for the World Championship Moto3, the brand with which we won the world title in 2015 with. On the other hand, it also marked the arrival of Livio Loi to the team.
For the first time together, the two new teammates put their wheels on the track for the first two days of private testing, gathering a multitude of data and information, transmitted to the driven technicians under the careful supervision of Christian Lundberg. The goal is to become familiar with the NSF250R and define a good base set-up for the start of the season.
Positive lap times for both riders, who today (yesterday saw high winds slow track activities) completed 64 and 58 laps respectively. Testing continues on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd, at the Jerez Circuit.
#36 Joan MIR:
“I’m very happy, it was a very positive test for us. I got acquainted with the new Honda. There is still work to do but I was immediately at ease; now we have to refine it and step up more. After these months, there is a great desire to continue working.”
#11 Livio LOI:
“These first two days have been really positive. With the new team there was immediately understanding and we did a good job. We tried so many things, outlining the way forward. We must continue to grow and look forward. Do not wait to get to Jerez for the next test.”