Press releases from Repsol and Gresini after the first day of the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Jerez:
Repsol Moto3 riders back to work in Jerez
Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez continue preseason testing with three days in Southern Spain
The countdown to the start of the 2012 season is truly underway, with the Repsol Moto3 riders continuing their testing schedule at the Circuito de Jerez. Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez were in action on Thursday for the first of three days onboard their new bikes.
Favourable weather conditions - sunshine and temperatures of 15ºC - were complicated by a strong wind. Maverick Viñales worked further on his FTR and was very satisfied with his first day of testing, in which he was able to record competitive lap times.
Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez had equally positive feelings about day one, in which they focused on setting up their Moto3 machines. The Portuguese rider racked up more than 70 laps in an intense day of riding, in which his fastest time was 1'49.2. Márquez was once again standing in for Alex Rins and he rode 35 laps, stopping the clock at 1'50.6.
All three will be back on track on Friday for the second of three days of testing, with the hope that the wind will drop and allow for a faster pace.
"The first day of this test has been rather positive. It was very windy, but in general the conditions were better here than in Valencia, because the track temperature was higher and there was more grip. We are happy with how competitive the chassis of our bike is and we will continue working on the engine. We have a good pace going, so we hope that tomorrow and the day after we can take further steps forward".
1:49.2, 70 laps, 310 km.
"We have started this test in a good way. The feel is a little better than it was last week in Valencia and we are closer to our rivals. We are on the right path and we know what works and what doesn't - that's why we keep on pushing. Tomorrow we will try out some more things to further improve our setting. Both my bike and I have room for improvement, so we are glad to have two more days in Jerez".
1:50.6, 36 laps, 159 km.
"I feel better initially here in Jerez than I did last week in Valencia. We still have a couple of days ahead of us and want to make the most of them to work out our best setting".
SECOND TEST OF PRESEASON UNDERWAY AT JEREZ FOR MOTO2 AND MOTO3 TEAMS
Following tests at Valencia last week a host of Moto2 and Moto3 teams were back on track today further south in Spain at the Jerez circuit, including Team Gresini with Gino Rea, Rattapark Wilairot and young Niccolò Antonelli. The busiest of the three riders was Rea with a total of 55 laps and a best time of 1'44.4, whilst Wilairot clocked a 1'45.7 as the best of his 30 laps. Antonelli continued the job of gathering experience on board the Honda Moto3 machine, completing some vital base set- up work over 43 laps with a best time of 1'51.4. The trio will be back on track tomorrow, with the Moto2 pairing planning more set- up work on the 2012 version Moriwaki and Antonelli set to continue the intense learning process he faces before the start of his rookie season.