Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the test at Jerez:
Baldassarri and Marini complete successful second test in 2017
Following a first prosperous shakedown in Valencia the Forward Racing Team continued its testing program ahead of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship season with a two-day private test at Circuito de Jerez. Bright sunshine provided perfect circumstances on Wednesday, while both riders were forced to stay inside the pit box on day two due to mixed weather conditions.
On Wednesday Baldassarri carried out various modifications in order to improve his understanding of the new 2017 Kalex machine, whereby he recorded a fastest time of 1’42.292. For several runs the 20-year old continued his comparison with last year’s bike while working through his intense test schedule. At the end of the day he completed 75 laps and was noticeably satisfied about his progress.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Forward Racing Team’s garage Marini covered 66 laps on the 4.428 km track in the south of Spain, lowering his circuit record to 1’42.491. The 19-year old Italian mainly concentrated on improving his feeling with his new Kalex scoring a fabulous third fastest time of the test.
In order to continue their preparations for the upcoming season, Baldassarri and Marini will be back in Jerez in a few days, before the official IRTA test takes place at the same track from 8th to 10th March.
Lorenzo Baldassarri – 2nd 1’42.292
„I’m truly happy about our first day in Jerez. I already felt better with the bike compared to Valencia a couple of days before and I am getting more and more used to my new Kalex. On Wednesday, I checked the 2016 version again and compared both bikes, which made it clear, that we are going in the right direction. The second day was a real pity, as we had many things on our schedule, but the difficult conditions didn’t allow us to work properly. Luckily we’ll be back soon and we’re eager to continue working on the new machine.”
Luca Marini – 3rd 1’42.491
“Overall, we had a positive first day, yet we lost some time in the morning with a small issue. In the afternoon, I was able to improved my personal best here in Jerez, so I am quite satisfied. We still didn’t work too much with the setup of the bike, therefore our aim stays to understand our new Kalex better. Unfortunately, we had no chance to go out on Thursday, but with this kind of mixed conditions, it is always a big risk and very easy to crash. Anyway, I’m really happy about this second test. Now I’m already looking forward to the next outing here, with the hope that we can improve further.”
Jerez pre-season test 22-23 February 2017
In the two private test days dedicated to Moto3 and Moto2, at Jerez de la Frontera circuit, the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Team could use just one day, the first one. The sand fallen in the night on the track, together with the rain today, created unfavourable conditions for testing today. Yesterday, Romano did 48 laps, trying all the possible configurations: one lap, one change, one lap, one change and so on, by thinking more about removing doubts on the set up than getting the time. At the end he was 4th with a good 1:47.265. Jules Danilo turned much more, by doing 71 laps in total and closing with the time of 1:48.534.
Romano Fenati: "Yesterday it was a positive day and we respected what we fixed before: improving the feeling with the bike and working well. Today the track conditions were really bad and we did just few laps. We will continue to work at the next official tests".
Jules Danilo: "Yesterday we worked a lot and tried different stuff. I am working to restore confidence in the bike which is fundamental to be fast. This morning the track was really dirty and it was impossible to turn. In the afternoon, with the rain, I came back on track to try a couple of set up at the rear and to understand how to go on in the next IRTA tests ".
PRODUCTIVE ONE-DAY TEST AT JEREZ FOR JORGE NAVARRO
Jorge Navarro and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 wrapped up with positive results a private testing session held in Jerez de la Frontera, despite the bad weather: forced in the pits today because of a very dirty track after overnight rain, the Spaniard still could take full advantage of the first day of testing, yesterday, continuing his apprenticeship successfully aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine.
Navarro put in a total of 84 laps, clocking a good 1’43”499 working on his Kalex set-up looking to adapt the bike to his riding style, with good results. A job that will continue in the official IRTA scheduled always at the Jerez circuit from 8th to 10th of March.
“Yesterday was a very productive testing day for us: I could continue my apprenticeship and my feelings improved constantly. We made several set-up changes throughout the day and I think we are on the right path to adapt the bike to my riding style. Obviously there is room for improvement, both in terms of the level of my riding, both in terms of work to do to further adapt the bike to my style, but as said the direction is the right one. I can’t wait to get back on track here in Jerez for the IRTA tests, because today was not possible to test: the track was very dirty, then the rain was not enough to take advantage of full wet conditions, so we preferred not to use the second day of test in order to take advantage of it later in the season. Now I have almost two weeks to continue to prepare physically, in order to face the upcoming official test in the best conditions!”.
Wind and rain affects work for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 at Jerez
Bad weather prevents Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 from completing scheduled workload, and the riders will undertake a further test at the Spanish track on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Arón Canet and Enea Bastianini took part in a private test this week at the Circuito de Jerez, although the pair were unable to complete all of their planned work due to wind and rain on Thursday.
Conditions on Wednesday were more favourable for testing, and Canet put in 78 laps and Bastianini 64, respectively, as they continued their work on setups from the recent test in Valencia. On Thursday, rain overnight and during part of the morning –combined with heavy gusts of wind- prevented them working further.
In order for the duo to recover the lost day and with the firm intention of coming into the first official test of the year -to be held on March 8th, 9th and 10th in Jerez- in the best shape possible, the riders and their crews will be back on track for another private outing on Tuesday of next week.
1:48,164, 64 laps, 287km
"We couldn’t complete the work we had planned"
"Yesterday morning we were able to work on different setup solutions, but at about 2pm the wind was very strong and we had to stop. In the afternoon we went back on track and completed a lot of laps, but we didn’t find a good compromise with the setup that allowed me to ride comfortably. Today the conditions were not good for testing, so couldn’t complete the work we had planned –which was to test all of the setup options we had pending since the last test in Valencia. However, we will be back testing again next week and in the following week we have the IRTA test; These days of testing will be very good for us to keep working and keep moving forward."
1:47.746, 78 laps, 345km
"We have drawn some very valuable conclusions for the first IRTA test"
"Yesterday we were able to ride quite a bit but, although the temperature of the asphalt was good, the wind did not allow me to ride at all comfortably -so I found it difficult to improve my times. However, apart from this, we were able to take steps forward with setting up the Honda and we drew some very valuable conclusions for the first IRTA test, that will take place at this track. This circuit is not one of my favourites, and the fact that I have a better pace every time I ride here motivates me a lot. Today the track was very dirty - with a lot of mud - because it was raining all night and during the morning, so we decided not to go out and use this day of testing that we have available to continue working here next week."
POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD FOR JORGE MARTIN IN JEREZ TEST
The Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 completed today a productive private testing session at Jerez de la Frontera circuit: with Fabio Di Giannantonio still recovering from the fracture of the right collarbone remedied last 9th of February at Valencia, the team was on track only with Jorge Martin. The 19-year-old Spanish rider, who yesterday put in no less than 62 laps, the best in 1’47”253, worked mainly on his Honda NSF250RW set-up, declaring himself satisfied with the progress made especially on corner exit.
Later, bad weather conditions didn’t allow Martin to take advantage of the second and final day of testing, today. The Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 will be back on track for the official IRTA tests scheduled from 8th to 10th of March, again at Jerez, where Fabio Di Giannantonio is also expected to return in action.
“We could take advantage of just one day of testing, but we still managed to do a great job! I think we took a big step forward compared to the previous test in Valencia, because I got a better feeling especially during acceleration; in general I’m satisfied with the behavior of the chassis, I adapted well to the bike and now I can ride it easily. I think that we are well prepared heading to the official tests scheduled here in Jerez early next month!”.
One day of testing for Mir and Loi
The two Leopard Racing team riders could only take advantage of one of the two days scheduled for testing. They will return to Jerez next week.
The World Championship is almost upon us and, after their baptism at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, the Leopard Racing team returned yesterday to the track in Jerez de la Frontera for the second test of 2017.
Once at the Andalusian circuit, the team saw its programme slowed due to bad weather conditions, blewing away the second and last of two days of testing. Crew chiefs and riders therefore decided not to go out on track today, wishing not to risk anything and to instead save their energy.
It was a profitable Wednesday however for the Leopard Racing: despite a lack of grip, Joan Mir and Livio Loi took advantage of all the time available to them, lapping continuously until the afternoon, and putting on their score sheets 75 and 67 laps respectively with the 6th and the 9th best time overall.
Testing continues next week, on March 1st, again here at Jerez Circuit.
Joan MIR: 75 laps, 6th (1'47.672)
“I am very happy with the day of testing, we worked well and we tried some interesting solutions. Too bad that we could not get on track today because of the bad conditions. It would not have allowed us to draw any conclusion. We prefer to work in the box and prepare ourselves better on the next test. Yesterday we were dedicated to development and I found myself getting on well with the Honda. There is still work to do, but I'm sure I can improve.”
Livio LOI: 67 laps, 9th (1'47.923)
“We are really happy with the day, we tried different things, so much so that at the end of the day we made a big step forward compared to the first run of the morning. I feel more and more in tune with the team, I'm sure that from now on we can do better, because the direction taken is the right one. I could get back in the saddle right now!”