Press releases from the Repsol Media Service after the first day of testing at Valencia:
Moto3 class begins 2012 testing in Valencia
Repsol’s Álex Márquez, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Viñales undertake first test of the year
After a long winter break, the Repsol Moto3 riders - Álex Márquez, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Viñales - today had the opportunity to ride their new bikes for the first time in 2012. They did so at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, where low temperatures greeted the riders for the first of three days of fine-tuning and analysis.
Track temperatures barely reached 12ºC, but that did not impede the riders too much on Wednesday. Márquez, Oliveira and Viñales were mainly looking to get a feel for their Moto3 machines and learnt much about the characteristics of their bikes on day one.
After a final afternoon run, the riders called it a day with positive reactions to their first testing session of the year - despite Márquez and Viñales - both suffering small crashes caused by the cold track surface.
Testing at the Ricardo Tormo track continues on Thursday for the Repsol riders and their Moto3 bikes.
Álex Márquez 1:45.1, 28 laps, 112 km.
"It was a positive opening day. Despite spending the winter off the bike, the feeling today was not bad at all. I started calmly in the morning and built from there. I had a crash on a right hander towards the end of the morning, but there was no damage done and I am fine now. I went out again in the afternoon and was once again able to get a fast pace going. I can say that we are feeling good after day one".
Miguel Oliveira 1:43.2, 34 laps, 136 km.
"I felt really good on this first day and was really keen to get started. It was a positive first time back after two months without swinging my leg over a bike. Although I went out slightly late because of the early cold, I was still able to record a good time. The track was cold, but at least today was useful for seeing where I am in relation to other riders".
"After going so much time without riding, we decided to use this first day to shake off the cobwebs and get my feel for the bike back. It was cold out there and the asphalt barely got up to temperature. I am happy with the initial feeling with the new bike; we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, the whole team has.
I had a small crash at the end of the day, but it was no big deal. I am already raring to get back on the bike tomorrow to continue this first stage of my adaptation".
Maverick Viñales becomes new Repsol rider
2011 Rookie Of The Year in 125cc signs with Spanish energy company for inaugural Moto3 campaign
Maverick Viñales and Repsol are joining forces in 2012. The 17-year-old from Roses in Spain has become the latest addition to the select group of riders sponsored by Repsol in the motorcycle World Championship.
With the signing of the breakthrough rider of last season, Repsol have strengthened yet further their dream lineup. Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa (MotoGP), Marc Márquez (Moto2), Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins (Moto3) are the six stars present for the company in all three Grand Prix classes.
The agreement between Avintia Competición and Repsol - which provides Viñales with the energy company support - runs until the end of the year.
Despite his tender years, Viñales has already shown his talent on both a national and international level. He began his career in the Campeonato de España de Velocidad (CEV) Spanish Championship, finishing second in his debut season and missing out on the title by just four points. He went one better in 2010, claiming the 125cc title and also becoming European Champion.
One year later, Viñales shone on the world stage. He placed third overall in the final year of the 125cc World Championship and claimed nine podiums - four of which were race wins. He was the logical choice for his colleagues in voting for the Rookie Of The Year award.
Maverick Viñales will be part of a new category in 2012, as Moto3 takes over as the initial class for young riders. He joins fellow Repsol riders Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins in a star-studded team. He is currently preparing for the upcoming season and will in fact be testing from today until Friday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
Repsol have been present at the highest level of competition for over 40 years and are one of the main sponsors in the MotoGP World Championship. The company begins 2012 with aspirations of victory in every class.
"I am very excited to be riding for a sponsor like Repsol this season, as Repsol have been a force behind a great number of victories in the World Championship. Many great riders have received their support and I am honoured to be joining this elite group.
The big three current Repsol riders - Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez - have won titles, and this is my aim for 2012. I can only hope to follow the path that other Repsol riders have established in the World Championship and take many wins this year. Now it is time for me to test in Valencia and we will be trying out many of the improvements that have been made over the winter".