Press releases from Repsol and Marc VDS on their Moto2 test, including an update on the test of the Suter Racing CRT machine:
Moto2 - Estoril Test. 1st day
Extensive testing session for Marc Márquez in Estoril
The Repsol rider started two testing session at the Portuguese track and completed a comprehensive work program in the first day, thanks to the nice weather
The rain that fell in the weekend and hindered the preparations for the race last Sunday, gave way to very good weather conditions in Estoril both in the race day and in the testing sessions held yesterday and today. Taking advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures (22ºC), Marc Márquez was able to complete 80 laps today, which the Repsol rider used to look for solutions to the stability problems he had last weekend.
Running since ten in the morning until when the track was closed, Marc Márquez and his team focused on finding the best set-up for his chassis and suspensions, in order to adapt his Moto2 to the requirements of the Portuguese track. The Repsol rider was also able to test some new Suter components to keep analysing his bike's reactions and continue with his learning curve in the category.
Marc Márquez will have tomorrow a second test session before enjoying a well-deserved rest before the next round of the World Championship, next week in France.
1:41.4, 80 laps, 335 km.
"I am happy with the job we did today. We tested many new parts and some of them worked well right away, although some others we will have to check better to gain confidence. We were lucky, as the weather was good, so let's hope it remains the same tomorrow to be able to keep working.
We are focusing in keeping the same line we set today, so that we can keep improving for the next races. I want to thank my whole team, because they helped me a lot in improving my feelings on the bike".
MARC VDS CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL ESTORIL TEST
The Marc VDS Racing Team concluded a successful two-day test at the Estoril circuit in Portugal this afternoon. While Scott Redding and Mika Kallio worked on further improving the set-up of their Suter MMXI Moto2 machines, Damian Cudlin and Carmelo Morales continued the development of the BMW-powered Suter MVDS MotoGP bike.
Redding tested a number of new tyres from Dunlop, while also making a number of small improvements to the set-up of his Marc VDS Moto2 machine. The 18-year-old British rider declared himself happy with the progress made during the two days, despite crashing without injury late this afternoon.
Like his teammate, Kallio was also pleased with the progress made during the test. The Finn crashed twice in the same place during the Estoril race weekend, but changes to both the geometry and the front suspension set-up on his Suter MMXI machine led to significant improvements, making the bike easier to ride and boosting the Marc VDS rider's confidence.
The Suter MVDS MotoGP machine has undergone major changes since the first shakedown test at Jerez almost six months ago. The bike rolled out for testing at Estoril on Tuesday featured a more powerful version of the BMW S1000RR engine, a completely revised electronics package, carbon brakes and the latest specification Bridgestone MotoGP tyres.
Test riders Damian Cudlin and Carmelo Morales were quick to adapt to the revised bike, working with the Marc VDS Racing Team's technical staff to find a good base set-up, before switching their focus to refining the operation of the bike's electronic systems.
Two extremely positive days of testing at Estoril have given the Marc VDS and Suter Racing engineers the rider feedback and the valuable data with which to continue the development of the Suter MVDS MotoGP machine, ahead of the bike's next track test.
Scott Redding #45
"I think we got more out of these two days here in Estoril than we did out of our winter test program. We didn't try anything drastic on the bike here; it was more a case of making small changes just to refine the set-up of the bike further. We tried a few things that didn't work as we expected, but that's what testing is for. On the whole, the majority of the changes we made led to small improvements with the bike, so I'm happy with the progress we've made. I'm looking forward to Le Mans now, where I'm confident, collisions permitting, I can make up for the disappointment of finishing out of the points last weekend."
Mika Kallio #36
"The two days here at Estoril were important for me; to try and get a better feeling with the bike and improve my confidence so that I can push harder. I crashed twice in the same place during the weekend, including in the race itself, so we switched to a front-end set-up with slightly different geometry and modified front fork settings for the test. There was a definite improvement, the bike was easier to ride and I had more confidence to push into the corners. We will continue with the same set-up for the next race at Le Mans, where I hope we'll finally be able to realise our true potential after a difficult start to the season."
Damian Cudlin - Marc VDS Test Rider
"It took a little bit of time to adjust to the changes to the bike, mainly the Bridgestone tyres, the carbon brakes and the new electronics package, but I think we managed to work our way through the whole test program at Estoril. The bike has certainly been improved since the Jerez test at the end of last year, but there's still a lot of work to do. Getting the electronics package working properly will be critical if the bike is to be competitive, and this is what we were focussed on during the second day. We saw some improvements, and collected a lot of data, but we definitely need more track time if we're going to get everything dialled in properly. Overall it was a very positive test, and we leave Estoril with a very clear idea of the direction we need to take with the development of the bike."
Moto2 - Estoril Test. 2nd day
Marc Márquez leaves Estoril with further improvement
The Repsol rider completes two intensive test sessions in Portugal, where the good weather allowed him to gather more than de 600 kilometres
The two testing days scheduled for yesterday and today at the Estoril circuit for Marc Márquez and his team concluded successfully this afternoon for the Repsol rider, which leaves Portugal after spending nearly a week in Portugal. In this last day of work, Márquez was able to take advantage again of the good weather conditions to do another 70 laps with a fastest time of 1 minute, 41 seconds and 1 tenth.
Together with the 80 laps he did yesterday, Emilio Alzamora's pupil had a total of 600 kilometres of test in two intensive days where he tested different set-up solutions for his Moto2. The Repsol rider also tested some new evolutions supplied by the Swiss maker Suter, which allowed him to gather more information for the next races. These tests will also allow his team to know better about the requirements of the current 125cc Champion, gathering a valuable experience for the rest of the season.
When he was about to finish the day, the Repsol rider had a small crash without consequences in the last corner of the Portuguese track. Márquez lost traction on the rear tyre and fell, although he was not injured and there were no important damages on his Moto2.
1:41.1, 70 laps, 293 km.
"We followed the testing plan we started yesterday, testing new configurations and different technical aspects that will allow us to improve steadily. During both days we gathered very valuable data that will undoubtedly be useful for the next races and I am really satisfied with the performance level I achieved together with my team. We can get back home pleased with the job we did. Today I had a small crash in the last corner of the circuit but overall I am happy with the feelings I had on the bike during these two training days".