2018 Jerez Moto2 Test Friday Press Releases

Press releases from some of the Moto2 teams after the first day of testing at Jerez with the new Triumph Moto2 engine:

Productive day for Brad Binder in Moto2 testing whilst Jorge Martin experiences misfortune

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider places eighth on the first day of testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto. Jorge Martin will miss the rest of the test due to a small fracture suffered to his right foot.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders began their preparations for the 2019 Moto2 season with the first of three days of official testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto. Brad Binder enjoyed a positive day, continuing work with the new KTM Moto2 bike. 2018 Moto3 World Champion, Jorge Martin, suffered a crash early in the afternoon, causing a small fracture to his right foot.

The track was wet in the morning after overnight rain, but Binder nevertheless ran a good pace in the opening hour. He took further steps forward as the day progressed, putting in 58 laps and placing eighth fastest thanks to a 1:42.740 best lap.

Jorge Martin had a difficult first day with Red Bull KTM Ajo. Despite his early adaptation to the intermediate class, the current Moto3 World Champion suffered a crash at Turn 2 early in the afternoon. A small fracture to his right foot incurred in the fall will rule him out of the rest of the test. He is currently travelling to Barcelona to undergo further examination and establish his recovery time.

The Moto2 test will continue on Saturday and Sunday at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"On the first day of the 2019 season for the Moto2 class, everyone is excited. It is very important for us to start with the whole team together. The day began very well but unfortunately Jorge Martin crashed in the afternoon, suffering a small foot injury. He is in Barcelona for a check-up, after which we will know more about this injury.

Brad [Binder] completed a large number of laps at the end of the day, but it is only the first day and today we focused on trying out many things. Tomorrow we will test the chassis and the electronics and we are sure to take a step forward."

Marquez and Vierge thrilled to kick off new Triumph Moto2 era in Jerez

Alex Marquez:

"The torque of the new Triumph engine is unbelievable"

“I am happy because so much was new for me today. As well as starting the challenge to understand the new Triumph engine I have a lot of new members in my team to work with as well, but it was a good day. Conditions this morning were quite tricky and we had to wait a while before we could begin testing. The bike is completely different and we need to put in a lot of work to get the right set-up and like always with such a new project we had a couple of small teething issues. My pace on the bike was good and my feeling is good as well because the torque of the new Triumph engine is unbelievable and it means you have a lot of fun riding. You need to pick the bike up more on the exit of the corner and that is something that I need to adapt to more.”

Xavi Vierge:

"I can feel so much more power compared to the engine we have been using in Moto2"

“Today was a very exciting day to start this new challenge and I have to say the Triumph engine is amazing. The torque is unbelievable and I can feel so much more power compared to the engine we have been using in Moto2, particularly when you open the throttle on the exit and accelerate. We need to work hard to adapt the bike and my riding style but I’m happy with how the first day has gone. With the Honda engine before you had to carry a lot of corner speed but I think the riding style now will be more like MotoGP where the exit of the corner is important to take profit of the engine."


Jake Dixon and Xavi Cardelús make debut with Spanish team as Moto2 enters new era with Triumph 765cc engines

Just days after the end of the 2018 season the riders were back on track at the Jerez – Ángel Nieto circuit today as a new era got underway for the Moto2 class, which has remained unchanged since it debuted in 2010. There may be a new engine supplier in Triumph, and new capacity of 765cc engines, but the names at the top of the timesheets were certainly familiar, with Lorenzo Baldasarri and Luca Marini – fifth and seventh overall in 2018 – setting the pace on the opening day. Brad Binder, who was third in this year’s championship, was eighth fastest today, half a second off the top, with the likes of Sam Lowes, Augusto Fernández, Remi Gardner, Marcel Schrötter and Moto2 rookie Nicolo Bulega all in the mix. Spanish pair Álex Márquez and Jorge Navarro completed the top ten on a day that saw Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martín, making his debut in Moto2, forced out of the remainder of the test after crashing and breaking his right foot.

The Ángel Nieto Team returned to the intermediate category of the World Championship today at Jerez, the circuit that also carries the name of the 12+1 World Champion. Making their debuts for the team on the KTM chassis were Jake Dixon and Xavi Cardelús, the British rider getting his first outing with a new team and bike, after finishing runner-up in the British Superbike Championship in 2018, and lapping just two seconds off the fastest time. Andorran rider Cardelús kicked off this new era with the Ángel Nieto Team with more than fifty laps of the Jerez – Ángel Nieto circuit as he steadily adapted to the KTM.

25th Jake Dixon 1’44.401: “It has been a good first day, which we spent learning the bike and how everything works, from the team to the tyres, which is all new to me. I had a good feeling from the first run and I was able to enjoy myself on the KTM. I am looking forward to the next two days of testing here at Jerez and to continuing to learn with the team before the first race.”

30th Xavi Cardelús 1’45.686: “I am pleasantly surprised by the new bike because it is pretty powerful and more adjustable in terms of the maps, the power and the engine braking. I am happy with the team at the end of this first day, they have helped me in everything I have needed. We needed to make some adjustments to the fuel tank so that I could get comfortable and straight away I noticed the difference on track. I am happy but it is a little bit of a bittersweet feeling because I know I could have gone even faster if we had found a solution to the fuel tank issue earlier. Anyway, we have two more days here to give our best.”

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and Khairul Idham Pawi complete first day of new Moto2 chapter

New team and engine for Malaysian rider, who finishes first day of testing at Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto in 20th position.




A new era for the Moto2 World Championship got underway today at the Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto, as the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team and its new rider Khairul Idham Pawi got to try the new Triumph engine for the first time. A first shakedown provided the first information about the new package and saw the Malaysian rider finish 20th fastest, feeling satisfied with his new team and bike.

Pawi completed three of the four available sessions today, choosing to skip the first one, which took place in damp conditions after overnight rain, and clocked up a total of 62 laps. As the day progressed the 20-year-old made steady improvements to finish the day with a best lap of 1’43.816, enough for a position in the top twenty on the first outing.

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and Pawi will aim to continue their assessment of the new bike tomorrow as they look to gather more data and improve his feeling on the bike during two three-hour sessions on track.

Fausto Bencivenni - Crew Chief

“Today was a good start to this test. We were able to run inside the top twenty from the start in all sessions, even though we are getting to grips with a completely different bike to what we are used to. The whole team have enjoyed a good feeling at the start of this new era with Pawi and we hope to continue to improve and get ourselves inside the top fifteen by the end of the test.”

#89 Khairul Idham Pawi

“Today was my first day with the team, I was really excited to get here and to join this great PETRONAS Sprinta Racing family. I felt good at the start of the day but later on suffered some chattering on both the front and the rear. So far, the feeling on the bike with the new engine is really impressive and in general everything went well. We just need to get together with the team, analyse the information we have gathered today and find some things to help us improve tomorrow.”

First day at Moto2 school for Bezzecchi and Öttl

Just a few days after the last Grand Prix of the 2018 season, the Moto2 World Championship was back on track for the first official 2019 test at the Circuito de Jerez today. Thereby, the newly formed Red Bull KTM Tech3 team was present with the intermediate class rookies Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl, who both together with their crew got a first taste of the new challenge.

While both highly motivated riders, Bezzecchi and Öttl went faster with each run throughout Friday; the newcomers started their adventure with a lot of work on their seat position and riding style, coming freshly from the Moto3 World Championship. After a damp morning and three further sessions in dry conditions, Bezzecchi concluded his first Moto2 day in 26th overall, while Öttl followed 0.988 seconds behind his new teammate.

Marco Bezzecchi

Position: 26th – Time: 1’44.428 – Laps: 55

“This start has been quite good. We worked a lot on the bike because in the beginning the riding position and the balance of the machine were far from now. In the end, we went better and better. Unfortunately the track temperature dropped a lot when we just found our best condition of the day, but anyway, we discovered many important things for tomorrow. I know that I have to improve my riding style a lot, but overall it has been good.”

Philipp Öttl

Position: 29th – Time: 1’45.416 – Laps: 54

“Today has been a very interesting day for us. We were learning the bike together with the team and I think in the end of the day, we found a good direction to go to for tomorrow. I was working a lot on my riding style, which I need to adapt to the Moto2 bike, as it is much bigger and a bit heavier than my previous machine. I think we can cope with this and overall, I have a good feeling.”

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