It's the last chance to get it right. On Wednesday, the wheels start turning for the final tests of the year, with Moto2 and Moto3 hitting the track at the official test in Jerez, while the MotoGP teams assemble at Qatar. At this stage of the preseason, the teams and factories should be running through their final tweaks ahead of the opening race in just under three weeks' time. There is not enough time to make any major changes of direction. If you haven't got it right for this test, you are in for a very long year indeed. Just ask Honda about 2015.
Press releases issued after the private test held at Jerez last week:
2016 PREPARATIONS FINALLY BEGIN FOR SAM LOWES IN SUNNY JEREZ
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:
The Leopard Racing team issued the following press releases after the first test of their Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Barcelona:
LEOPARD RACING BEGINS THE 2016 NEW ADVENTURE
At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Leopard Racing team make their 2016 debut in the intermediate Moto2 class.
After winning the World Championship in the lightweight Moto3 category, for 2016 the Leopard Racing team rises to the intermediate Moto2 class. A whole new project and a challenge but ready to face it with the knowledge and professionalism available.
Suter will not be competing in the Moto2 championship in 2016. In an official statement on their Facebook page, the Swiss engineering firm announced they would not be applying for a constructor's license for Moto2 in 2016, and concentrating their efforts on working with Mahindra on their Moto3 machine, and supplying a range of parts for various teams and factories in the series.
Forward Racing issued the following press release, announcing that Luca Marini will be riding for the team in Moto2 in 2016. Marini, who is Valentino Rossi's half brother, is a product of the VR46 Riders Academy, and that Academy will be providing support to the Forward Racing team.
Luca Marini in Moto2 with Forward Racing
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying:
Navarro, Quartararo and Herrera ready for final race of 2015
Second and fourth row starts for Jorge Navarro and Fabio Quartararo, respectively, with Maria Herrera just 9 tenths off the top in twenty-second.
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 face final round of the 2015 season
Valencia will be the final destination for the Moto3 World Championship; a last round of the 2015 season that the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders arrive at very motivated. For Navarro, the Valencian Grand Prix is a true ‘home race’, and teammate Quartararo returns from injury for the season finale.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying practice at Sepang:
Seventh front row for Miguel Oliveira
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third position in qualifying for Malaysian Grand Prix. Karel Hanika and Brad Binder to start from fifth and sixth row, respectively.
10/24/2015 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia