Valencia Moto2 & Moto3 Test - Rain Stops Play As Bagnaia, Antonelli Fastest

Rain has been a factor at both the Moto2 test at Valencia and the World Superbike test in Jerez on Tuesday. In Jerez, the track dried up as the day went on, while at Valencia, the weather got worse as the day went on. It started cold and wet, and that was enough to persuade most teams to pack up and go home.

A few riders did ride on Tuesday, however. The Moto2 rookies dominated the timesheets, as riders who had the most to learn in the wet. Pecco Bagnaia was the fastest Moto2 rider in the wet, ending just ahead of Miguel Oliveira on the KTM. Fabio Quartararo took third spot on the Pons Kalex, while Remy Gardner was fourth fastest on the Tech 3 bike.

Of the Moto3 riders, it was Niccolo Antonelli who ended the second day quickest. The Italian, who has made the switch to the KTM Red Bull Ajo team, was a couple of tenths quicker than Fabio Di Giannantonio, while Bo Bendsneyder was third fastest, half a second behind his new teammate. 

For a full list of times, see the screen grab on the GPOne.com website.

The Valencia test was the last of the preseason for Moto2 and Moto3. They now head home for a well-earned rest to recover from the stresses of 2016. They take to the track again in February of 2017.

Below are press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the Valencia test:


Brad Binder undergoes successful surgery on left arm injury

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider operated on in Barcelona to treat fracture of left radius, suffered in a crash yesterday at the Valencia circuit.

11/22/2016 - Barcelona, Spain

Current Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder underwent surgery on his left arm this morning at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus -Barcelona-. Dr. Xavier Mir and his team operated on the South African’s fracture-dislocation to his the left forearm, suffered yesterday afternoon in preseason testing at the Valencia circuit.

The crash occurred at around 3pm, when he suffered a highside at Turn 9 and experienced the misfortune of his bike falling onto his arm.

Dr. Xavier Mir, surgeon:

"Brad Binder suffered a fracture-dislocation of the left forearm known as a 'Galeazzi Fracture,' which consists of a fracture of the radius and a dislocation of the ulna at the wrist. In this case the radius was very displaced so we had to put it back in place, fixing it with a plate and seven screws. This movement caused the ulna to put itself in place. He has a small lesion of the interosseous membrane and this, without causing any problem, will delay somewhat the recovery of the rotation of his arm by about three weeks. In principle, we believe that in four or five weeks it will be cured."

The injury prevented the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider from taking part in the final day of Moto2 testing at the Spanish track. Binder will now have up to two months in which to recover, taking advantage of the winter break. It is expected that the he may be fully recovered in four to five weeks.


MOTO2: BAGNAIA IS THE FASTEST ROOKIE AT VALENCIA TEST

The young talent of the Sky Racing Team VR46 closes the two-day of testing in third place, best rookie. Good job also for Manzi, sixth in wet and 14th overall.

Valencia (Spain), November 22nd, 2016 - Francesco Bagnaia closes the two days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia with the third lap time, best rookie and the fastest rider in wet conditions. Positive step forward for Stefano Manzi, 14th in the combined standings and sixth under the rain.

After its debut last week in Jerez de la Frontera, it continues the approach to the new category for the two young Italian riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46. Pecco, 90 laps, signs a best lap time of 1.36.024 (dry) which means the Top3 with just a second gap to Nakagami (1.34.761 ed). For the first time on the track in wet conditions, Bagnaia marks an excellent 1.48.173, best time of the day. Positive feelings also for Manzi, who continues the set up of his Kalex. Stefano, with 102 laps, in the rain scored a good 1.50.313 (6th) and closes in the 14th place overall (1.37.326).

Pablo Nieto

I'm really pleased with what I have seen on track. The new Moto2 team started this adventure on the right foot. Yesterday, we continued our approach to the new bike and today we were able to test in wet conditions. Pecco was fast in both situations and closes this second test not far away from the top guys. Stefano yesterday struggled a little bit more, but he has already made an important step forward compared to Jerez and, under the rain, he was able to ride as he wanted. We close the 2016 in the best way: we expect a lot of work, but we are confident for the next season.

Francesco Bagnaia

Two positive days of testing. In dry conditions we worked hard to close the gap with the top guys and we made a step forward. We were able to ride under the rain proving to be competitive in both conditions. In the wet I immediately had a good feeling and this is a great start if we think to 2017. I'm very satisfied and I can enjoy my holidays.

Stefano Manzi

After the Jerez test I could not wait to get back on track to continue the development of the new bike. Compared to the last week, in dry conditions I have made an important step and I'm closer to the top guys. The weather gave us the opportunity to test in the wet: I was immediately fast and I was able to push as I wanted.


Bastianini fastest at Valencia test

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 conclude day of testing at Cheste, where Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet both take a step forward with the setup of their Honda bikes.

Four days after acquainting themselves with their Honda bikes at the Circuito de Jerez, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders continued working with their 2017 machinery in a day of testing in Valencia this week. Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet took part in their second and final post-season test of 2016, with the aim of going into the winter break in positive fashion.

Tuesday’s action was hindered by rain, and thus the Estrella Galicia 0,0 pair only went out on track during Monday. With the weather conditions favourable on that day, they were able to work intensely on new setups and on getting maximum performance from their bikes. Bastianini, increasingly familiar with his new Estrella Galicia 0,0 crew, was the fastest rider of the test, with a time of 1:39.762. He completed a total of 81 laps -325 km- which he used to strengthen the foundations of a workplan that will be followed at his next testing outing –when he returns to Valencia on February 8th and 9th.

Just 4 tenths off was Canet (1:40.178), who put in a total of 90 laps of his home circuit -361 km- with his 2017 machinery. The Spaniard is preparing for his sophomore season in the World Championship, following a positive end to his rookie year.

Canet will take advantage of the break to undergo surgery and remove the plate from an operation on a left tibia fracture, whilst Bastianini will do likewise to remove a plate from his right arm.

Enea Bastianini

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

1:39.762, 81 laps, 325 Km

"I felt very comfortable with the 2017 Honda and it suits my riding style very well"

"After the test at Jerez, where I had my first contact with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0, at this test we worked a lot with the new bike. We focused on finding a good setup. Although we only went out on track yesterday, we had two days of very effective work because we were fast even with used tyres. Therefore I am very happy with our testing. I felt very comfortable with the 2017 Honda and it suits my riding style very well. I was able to do many laps and this helped me to understand the bike well in all circumstances. Now I will take advantage of the next few weeks to rest up and prepare well for preseason. I will also take advantage of the time off to removed the plate from my right arm."

Aron Canet

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

1:40.178, 90 laps, 361 Km

"The 2017 Honda is quite competitive"

"Yesterday was a great day of testing in which we were able to ride a lot -90 laps- and complete our work schedule. Today it rained and we decided not to go out on track in order not to take unnecessary risks. We continued to work in the way we established at the Jerez test and we continued to try different setups to observe the behaviour of the front and rear, and the feeling is even better. We rode fast and I felt very comfortable on the bike; I think the 2017 Honda is quite competitive."


Red Bull KTM Ajo finish 2016 work before the winter break

Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli complete two days of testing in Valencia, in which they rode for the first time in the wet.

11/22/2016 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 lineup for 2017 returned to Valencia this week, for their final two days of testing before the winter break. Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli were able to continue the work with their new KTM begun last week at the Jerez Circuit, and additionally had the opportunity to test for the first time in the wet.

The pair put in more than 80 laps on Monday, as well as 40 in the wet on Tuesday, as they continued looking for the perfect setup for their new chassis and new engine for 2017. Bendsneyder and Antonelli gathered important data that their crew will use over the next two months to analyse and develop the behaviour of the KTM.

Due to the winter testing ban, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will not get back on their bikes until next February. Until that time, they will be resting and training on their own.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"These testing days in Valencia for the Moto3 team have been very good. It was dry on Monday and wet on Tuesday. I am happy that we have had these different conditions because we are testing the new chassis, the new engine and many other new parts for the bike in all kinds of conditions. This is very useful to get as much information as possible for the winter break. It has also been important for our riders. Bo [Bendsneyder] continues to progress and has shown great potential for the future, and Niccolo [Antonelli] has shown great improvement, taking a step forward and working very well with the team."

#23 Niccolo Antonelli

"We had a very good two days of work here at the Valencia circuit. We have improved our feeling with the KTM with respect to the first day of testing. Day after day, lap after lap, I felt better on the bike and with the team we have found a good path to going faster. I am very happy to go into the break having found such a good feeling on the bike; I will have to work hard this winter, but I am happy with the final result of these first few tests with the team for the 2017 season."

#64 Bo Bendsneyder

"These two days of testing in Valencia have gone well: The first day was dry and the second was wet. This helped us in the end, as we were fast in both sets of conditions, we have had a good pace and we have worked well on our setup. We've tried a lot of things and all the data we've gathered is very good for next season. Now we have a little break, but I'm looking forward to training again in order to face next season well."


Bittersweet test for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team in Valencia

Miguel Oliveira takes step forward with setup of his KTM, whilst Brad Binder suffers an injury on the opening day.

11/22/2016 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

The second and final test of the 2017 preseason before the winter break was a bittersweet one for the new Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 project. On one hand, Miguel Oliveira was able to test with the new KTM in all kinds of conditions -yesterday in the dry and today, for the first time, in the wet. On the other, a crash on Monday for Brad Binder caused him a fracture of his left radius, for which he underwent successful surgery in Barcelona today.

Oliveira and Red Bull KTM Ajo gathered a wealth of data from the test in Valencia. Yesterday, the Portuguese improved his feeling and dry setup, accumulating important laps after those put in last week in Jerez. On Tuesday, however, he completed his first 28 laps in the wet, riding cautiously and getting a feel for the KTM in these conditions.

The next test for the 2017 season will take place in February, when the winter ban ends.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"These four days of post-season testing have been very important for this new Moto2 project. In Jerez we had two days of very good weather, and in Valencia we had one day with good conditions and one with wet weather, but this has also been good for us. We must test ourselves in all kinds of conditions. The project is still beginning but we are convinced and very happy with what we have improved over recent days. The bad news has been Brad Binder's injury. We don’t like what happened, but it’s something that happens in this sport. Fortunately, under the care of Dr. Mir, he has already been successfully operated on and now Brad has time to recover. I give him encouragement and hope he has a speedy recovery!"

#44 Miguel Oliveira

"These two days of testing have been very positive. On the first day the conditions were more favourable than today and we were able to do a lot of dry laps; I felt very good with the bike -which is improving- and the team have worked very well. We have not been able to test what we had scheduled for today because it rained, but we took advantage of this to ride our first laps in wet conditions. I end the first four days of 2017 preseason testing happy and eager to start again in February."


DI GIANNANTONIO AND MARTIN WRAP UP LAST TEST OF THE YEAR AT VALENCIA

The Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 completed today two important days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, which hosted only two weeks ago the last round of the 2016 season. Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Martin continued to work on their Honda NSF250RW machines, taking advantage of dry conditions yesterday, while today’s tests were carried out on the wet.

Fabio Di Giannantonio, who yesterday set a best time of 1’40”313 on the dry, was satisfied in particular with the work done today in wet conditions, in which he managed to reach a great feeling with the front: the 18-year-old rider from Rome was the second fastest on the track with 1’50”693. After the good results obtained in Jerez de la Frontera, on the other side of the garage Jorge Martin continued to build his confidence with the bike and the team: the Spaniard, however, was slowed by two crashes in the first day, and by some technical issues today, putting in only 17 laps.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO

“Yesterday morning we started the test using with the same set-up used in the race weekend, then we tried some changes in an attempt to get some improvement. We got a good lap time, then the conditions got worse: it was quite windy and so we preferred not to take risks, waiting to get back on track today. This morning we went immediately out on track in the wet and the feeling was positive, although unfortunately I had a small crash. Later we performed some set-up tests for the wet conditions, also trying new parts that gave positive results: my feeling with the front has increased more and more and at the end of the day I also set the second fastest time, so I’m really satisfied”.

JORGE MARTIN

“This test has been a bit complicated: yesterday I had two crashes that made me lose confidence. Today, given the conditions, we wanted to try a wet set-up, but a technical issue halted our work. However, both in Jerez that here in Valencia I found myself very well with the team and I think we can have a good season together. Now I want to train hard over the winter to be ready to restart the test in February. I’m already looking forward to getting back on track!”.


POSITIVE FIRST TEST FOR PEUGEOT MOTOCYCLES SAXOPRINT WITH NEW RIDERS

The team’s new riders Jakub Kornfeil and Patrik Pulkkinen got a first taste of what they’ll face in next year’s championship during a two-day test at the Valencia circuit.

It was the first opportunity for Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT to welcome all new team members in their garage, starting preparations for the 2017 championship. But all eyes were set on Jakub Kornfeil and Patrik Pulkkinen who will ride the team’s Peugeot Moto3 machine next year.

Weather conditions during these testings’ in Valencia were mixed with dry conditions on Monday which allowed the riders and their crews respectively to get the first sensations. Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil, one of the most experienced riders in the highly competitive Moto3 class, showed his potential form the very first exit to get familiarized quickly with his new environment and also to new machine for him.

On the other side of the garage, young Patrik Pulkkinnen from Finland, made his first contact with World Championship riders on track during the last two day. Pulkinnen, a Red Bull Rookies Cup graduate and obviously overwhelmed about this fact riding at world level now, delivered a solid debut in the team and aboard a new bike with a lot of more horsepower to lap 93 times in total without making any mistakes around the 4 kilometres long tricky circuit.

After this encouraging begin of a new chapter to the team’s still young history, Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT heads into the winter break now to make their homework in order to be well prepared before pre-season testing’s continue in February.

Jakub KORNFEIL, 1´40.985 (65 Laps) / 1´52.644 (31 Laps):

"It was a successful first outing for us together with Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT team. The Peugeot Moto3 is a very nice bike. Yesterday morning, when I went out on the track for the first time I could feel it even if the seat position was completely different to the bike I used this year. For this we must change a little on the bike in this regard for the future. But in general I like the bike already a lot. The bike is small and easy to ride so it’s nice to play with it. For all this I know already from my first outing that I will like this bike. During the first day, we didn’t change so much to the settings but we were improving all the time which is very promising. In the afternoon, we put in a new tyre for the first time and I was able to set a 1´40.9. So, I’m happy for this even though we just made some basic setups and some other small things of course. The target for the first test was to adapt and learn this bike so we didn’t take notice too much about lap times. Also on the second day I felt really good with the bike in rainy conditions. We just did 19 laps and we could see immediately there is so much potential there. I didn’t push to the limit and risk anything, just riding around and try and get a feeling under these conditions. For sure I could have gone much faster but shortly before lunch time the red flag came out, otherwise I could have improved this lap by half of a second easily. So, this gives confidence too because I feel comfortable in the wet and also on a dry track. In general, I feel good with the chassis and we have a lot of grip even Valencia is a track without that much grip. About the team, I must say that I’m already settled well with my crew and all people in this team. They’re all very nice, I like them and I also like their way to work in the garage. These first two days proved out that we’re already a team. I feel very comfortable in this team.“

Patrik PULKKINEN, 1´42.402 (64 Laps) / 1´53.725 (29 Laps):

"I have to say that I’m really impressed to be a World Championship rider now. Again, I want to thank all people in Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT for giving me this awesome chance. A dream becomes true and I got a dream team, so everything is really perfect - not just almost. From the very first moment I felt great in the team when I arrived for our first test together here in Valencia. I liked the bike immediately because it’s so smooth and easy to ride, it doesn’t make any crazy things. I would say, it’s like almost made for me. In my opinion, this test went very well for us. I was improving all the time and I also had the feeling that I could improve even more. Of course, there are still some little things but as soon as I learned all this kind of things, I’m sure that I’ll make progress soon and get more speed. I’m surprised too how it went in the wet today. Much better than I expected because normally I’m not so fast in the rain but with this bike things changed obviously. It’s also in the wet very smooth to ride. Yeah, I like it a lot. I already look forward and can’t wait for our first test next year.”

Florian PRÜSTEL (Team principal):

"Our first test with Jakub and Patrik went well overall despite the weather wasn’t so good during the second day. But we’re pleased to welcome these ambitious riders in our team and to start with both of them our new challenge. Both Jakub and Patrik were impressed by our Peugeot Moto3 machine from the beginning and they felt comfortable with, just after a couple of laps already. They did a really good job with their crews respectively, in the dry as well under today’s rainy conditions. Beyond that, they showed spirit and eagerness to get familiarized quickly to their new environment. We’re happy how this first test for the new season worked out at all. But before we head into the winter break now, we want to thank the entire team for their great job done during the last season and the same we would like to express to our sponsors.“


Valencia Test: 21-22 November 2016

Romano Fenati and Jules Danilo faced, today and yesterday, a second session of test at Valencia circuit: the last before the winter break and the last with the Honda version 2016. During the first day Fenny and Jules found good weather and track conditions, while today, in difficult climate conditions, the two riders could do just few laps. A good balance in the first day where Romano closed the top five with the time of 1'40.171, by doing 72 laps in total. Eleventh laps more for his teammate who worked on the feeling at the front. This morning, with cold temperatures and rain, both riders came back on track just for few laps which have been useful, especially for Romano, who could take the measures even on the wet, condition which normally is not ideal for him.

Romano Fenati: "We had other two positive days as we improved, lap by lap, and this is the sign that the work with the team is proceeding in the right way. Now we will have the winter break, where I will continue to train and prepare in order to be ready for the next tests where we will try the new Honda 2017".

Jules Danilo: "In these two days of test, here in Valencia, we turned both on dry and wet conditions. Yesterday we concentrated on some small modifications on the bike in order to find back the feeling, especially when entering in the corner. On dry conditions we still have some things to improve but, after the winter break, we'll come back working on the new bike. This morning, on the wet, I did few laps but I felt comfortable and I did good lap times".


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