Times and press releases after the final day of the two-day private test for a select few Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Jerez:
Wednesday Moto2 times:
|1||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1:42.361|
Wednesday Moto3 times:
|6||4||Fabio DI GIANNATONIO||Honda||1:48.187||0.555||0.025|
|9||89||Khairul IDHAM PAWI||Honda||1:48.853||1.221||0.335|
Combined Moto2 times:
|1||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1:42.361|
|7||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||1:44.324||1.963||0.067|
Combined Moto3 times:
|7||4||Fabio DI GIANNATONIO||Honda||1:48.187||0.804||0.025|
|10||89||Khairul IDHAM PAWI||Honda||1:48.853||1.470||0.152|
RBA Racing gets ready for the 2016 season with two days of test at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Jerez de la Frontera was the second venue for the winter testing program of RBA Racing Team. Despite the perfect climate, Gabriel Rodrigo couldn’t take full advantage of the two days at the Andalusian track. After a heavy crash during the first day, the Argentinian rider hurt his left foot: because of that, he chose to travel back to Barcelona to recover and get ready for the IRTA official test of next week.
Juanfran Guevara progressed step by step, as he gets used to the KTM: together with his technical crew, the Lorca youngster worked on the setting, trying out different options and adapting his riding style to the Austrian machine.
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo:
“We started off quite well in the first day at Jerez: I felt good on the bike, just as we left it after the test in Valencia. We had a clear and quite long plan of things that we wanted to try out to improve the KTM setting. However, yesterday I wasn’t so lucky: I had to modify my line because there was a slow rider in the middle of the track and I crashed out. It was a heavy crash. I got out of it without any fracture, however today it was impossible to get out on track: since I hit my left foot, I didn’t have enough strength to move the gear lever. We have to leave for next week all the modifications we wanted to try out, but the good news is that we do have one test to work on the set-up of the KTM and, on top of that, there’s one week to recover and get 100% ready for the IRTA test.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara:
“During these two days we worked really hard: we tried different set-up options for the KTM, in order to improve when exiting the corners. With the modifications that we made, we put together some important information that will help us in handling various situation during the races. Drastic changes, together with working on the engine break, the direction angle and the height of the bike, were the key of this test. All the data that we put together will be very important throughout the season. Now we get ready for the IRTA test in Jerez, where we’ll get to some conclusions to finalise the set-up and to be faster. We’re looking forwards to Qatar.”
GOOD RESULTS FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 RIDERS AS JEREZ TEST COMES TO A CLOSE
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers completed today the second and final day of private testing at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio continued to work with good results on their Honda NSF250RW machines and also the lap times were good.
The 18-year-old rider from Rimini slightly improved his best lap time from yesterday, setting 1’47”632, while the 17-year-old rookie from Rome made a big step forward by substantially improving his yesterday’s performance, closing the test with a time of 1’48”187.
ENEA BASTIANINI (1'47"632 - 41 laps)
“Today we the track conditions were slightly worst than yesterday, then some setting solutions we tried on the bike didn’t work out as we wished. Despite everything we are happy: I had a good rhythm and at the end of the day I managed to set the same time obtained yesterday. However, there is room for improvement, both with regard to the race pace, where we are still lacking a few tenths, both in the flying lap. The changes we tried in order to improve the bike in the fast corners worked well, but they had an impact on the slower parts of the track, so we will need to find the right balance. We will try to do it in the next test and I’m convinced that we will succeed”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (1'48"187 - 38 laps)
“I’m really happy: this morning I was immediately faster than yesterday despite the cold and the wind, then in the afternoon, following another rider, I have improved further. Finally, in the last session available today, with the soft tyre, I got my best performance running alone. We worked a lot on the bike, with important changes that seem to work; in particular, we focused on the front end and on corner entry, finding already a good direction”.
“Two days of testing undoubtedly positive and very helpful ahead of the official test at the beginning of March: Enea has already proven to have found the right speed and he’s focusing with his technicians to refine the set-up of his bike, working methodically . Something is still missing on the race pace, but we are on the right direction. Fabio on the other side is facing his debut in the best possible way, growing well, and the performance achieved today confirms it. In a few days we will be back in Spain for the IRTA test, where we will try to find important confirmations”.
Good results in Jerez for Forward Racing
The first tranche of pre-season testing is over for Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini. The two Italian riders have completed several laps today taking advantage of the favorable conditions of the track of Jerez de la Frontera.
Baldassari completed 73 laps and was able to lower his fastest lap by posting a good 1:42.620 in line with the 2015 pole-position. Lorenzo is in great shape and ready to fight for the 2016 season.
Marini continued with his learning process on the new bike and was able to improve his personal best despite an engine problem at the end of the second practice round in the morning. Luca recorded a good 1: 44.257 and completed 69 laps today.
"I'm very happy, we were often in front and we have improved one step at a time. The feeling with the rear has increased but I think we still have much work to do before the season starts. I want to be well prepared and not to leave anything to chance. "
"Today we had some more problems with the bike than the other days but overall I'm happy with the progress we have made in these three days, especially considering everything is new for me. I followed Balda a couple of times and I'm doing my best to improve. Next week we come back here in Jerez to improve some more. "
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 conclude private Moto3 test in Jerez
Jorge Navarro completed a two-day private test in Jerez on Wednesday, ahead of the Official Test at the same venue this March.
Sun and pleasant temperatures allowed Jorge Navarro and his Estrella Galicia 0,0 crew to work intensely on the setup of his Honda NSF250RW, which he will ride in the upcoming 2016 season. The Spaniard focused on putting in a considerable quantity of laps during the test, racking up 94 over the two days –414km in total.
Although the aim of the test was not specifically to set fast times, but rather to try out new setups, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider topped the timesheets on Tuesday with a 1:47.383 lap. On Wednesday, with temperatures slightly down from the previous day, Navarro went out on track with the intention of using the three 55 minute sessions available. However, a mistake in the final run caused him to suffer a crash at Turn 4 -from which he escaped unhurt- and brought his test to a premature conclusion.
Also testing at the Circuito de Jerez were the Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0. Alonso Lopez, the reigning CEV champion, and teammate Jeremy Alcoba will compete in the FIM CEV Repsol together this season. Both formed part of the School Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 in the CEV 2015. The pair focused on gaining experience with their bikes for 2016 during this week's test. Jaume Masia, who placed fifth last season on the FIM CEV Repsol with Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0, worked on regaining his feel with his bike during his time in Jerez.
Jorge Navarro will be back at the Circuito de Jerez next week, taking part in the first Official Test of the year from March 2nd-4th. He will be joined there by teammate Aron Canet.
Team Estrella Galicia 00
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
94 laps, 414km
“The good temperatures allowed us to work intensely on our setups"
“These two days have been very productive and I am satisfied with my feeling on the bike. The good temperatures allowed us to work intensely on our setups and put in kilometres. I would have liked to have ridden a little more, but in the third session I made a mistake at Turn 4; I opened the throttle too early, lost the rear and highsided. Luckily I wasn't hurt. We can draw some good conclusions from this test, because the 2016 Honda works very well, I rode with a good pace and the feeling is very positive. Next week we will continue working at this same track, in the first Official Test of the preseason."
MOTO3 LEOPARDS SHARPEN THEIR CLAWS
In the last private test before next week’s official IRTA test, the Leopard Racing riders are pleased with the competitiveness of their KTM machines.
The Moto3 riders have made excellent progress with their crews and machines during the test and the bikes have made further improvements, especially in the suspension linkage area. The whole team has concentrated on refining the set up of the KTM RC 250 GP machine over the course of the test and both riders and technicians are confident they have found a good base setting for each machine to take forwards into the season.
As the development of the KTM machine continues, it becomes the smallest of changes that make the most difference and it is those changes that identify the important direction to follow to ensure man and machine are at their most competitive for the first round.
#20 Fabio QUARTARARO:
"They were two very positive days for me as I managed to get some good times and found a good rhythm. We have tried many things that allowed us to refine the bike, I am very satisfied and the whole team worked very hard to make this happen. From the first test today I have become increasingly more comfortable on the KTM, which in turn has improved a lot. I have to thank Christian [Lundberg] and our engineers and I'm confident that we'll be very competitive in Qatar."
#36 Joan MIR:
"They were two beautiful days here in Jerez, we continued to improve the bike and I think we have a good set-up on the eve of the IRTA tests and for the the start of the Championship. Today we were back at the base setting from yesterday, which gave us more confidence. I went out on used tires and I was keeping a good pace, however when the braking before the straight I closed the front and I crashed, fortunately without suffering injury or with any damage to the bike."
#55 Andrea LOCATELLI:
"Day by day we are improving and the bike now allows me to push harder. Together with the technicians we improved some details on the KTM and now I feel very comfortable when riding. Just at the end of the day, when I was trying to push, I got down to turn 12 and ended up in the gravel. We will come back here with another strong mindset for the three-day IRTA test and use the good setting we have to push forward."