Valencia has not so far been a lucky venue for Tech 3's Moto2 team. The team was scheduled to test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in December, and were confronted with snow, a rarity in this part of Spain. Returning to the track for this week's test alongside some of the World Superbike teams, they were spared snow, but instead had to deal with two days of rain and a cold and wet track. So when the sun came out on Thursday morning, the team breathed a collective sigh of relief. As Herve Poncharal put it: "We got here on Monday and since then we have only had 4 hours on track, but finally we got some work done."
Poncharal was delighted with the way the final day of testing went for Tech 3's own bike. "I am very, very happy, we made a big step forward," the Tech 3 team boss told MotoMatters.com. "We didn't find any chatter with the chassis, which was a problem we had at earlier tests." The chatter had been solved at a previous test with a revised chassis, but the conditions were such that the team hadn't been able to confirm the changes had fixed the problem entirely. In the better conditions - "Not good, only decent," Poncharal qualified - neither Yuki Takahashi nor Raffaele de Rosa encountered the chatter.
With one problem solved, Takahashi and De Rosa could concentrate on other areas of the chassis. "We couldn't test everything, but we got a lot of work done," Poncharal said. "With the two riders, we could test a lot more things." De Rosa and Takahashi were running their own programs, each with a specific area to test.
Poncharal was particularly impressed with Yuki Takahashi. "Yuki is excellent at getting the bike set up," the Tech 3 boss said. "His feedback was excellent, his answers were excellent. You can see he has four-stroke experience." Was that down to the 7 races Takahashi had contested aboard the Scot Honda MotoGP bike? "He has more experience than that. He has worked with HRC and raced the Suzuka 8 hour race," Poncharal explained.
The team were particularly pleased with the times both riders had set. Poncharal was especially impressed with Takahashi's lap time. "This is better than Toni [Elias]'s time set after Valencia with good weather," he said. The team's next test will be at Barcelona's Montmelo track on February 17th - 19th.
Tech 3 Moto2 times
|1||Yuki Takahashi||Tech 3||1'37.5|
|2||Raffaele de Rosa||Tech 3||1'38.4|
See the times set at the Valencia post-race Moto2 test for a comparison.