Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of testing at Valencia:
FIRST MOTO2 TEST DAY IN VALENCIA
After the first 2013 MotoGP official test duing last week, today Moto2 and Moto3 debut for the first official test of 2013 season. The two classes are scheduled together during the morning, then at 12.50 started one hour only for Moto3 class, from 14 to 15 just Moto2 class on track and after untill 17 all classes again together.
Johann Zarco debuts with Came Iodaracing Team on the new Suter MMXII 2013. The French rider, Rokie of the Year 2013, has focused his work on finding a good feeling with his new bike and a good base on wich work during next days. At the end of this thay the Came Iodaracing Team rider has done 25 laps with 1’38.140 as best time, got during the hour dedicated to Moto2 class. A little crash during the last minute of the practice, without any problems both for rider and bike, has closed the work day.
Johann Zarco, Rider Moto2 # 5: "Today I worked a lot on finding a good feeling with the bike, because I tested it just one time last November after Valencia race. I’m satisfied because the Suter bike is very good, has good feed-back at every changes and we have found a good base for next days”.
Salom starts strong at Valencia test
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finishes second in first day of testing in Valencia. Khairuddin and Sissis place fourth and ninth, respectively.
12/02/13 - Ricardo Tormo circuit
After a first test one week ago in Almería, Red Bull KTM Ajo today began the second runout of the year at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo de Cheste, Valencia. Luis Salom once again showed strong form reminiscent of the end of 2012, finishing the day 0.156 off the day’s fastest rider, Maverick Viñales. That was despite a light crash today. Zulfahmi Khairuddin was also amongst the frontrunners, with the fourth best time, whilst Arthur Sissis was ninth on the timesheet.
The day began calmly, due to the low temperatures and strong winds in Valencia. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders elected to wait until an hour after the 11:30am track opening time to undertake their first laps, eventually riding with more gripo n track thanks to the slight temperatura increase. Salom, Sissis and Khairuddin gained confidence with their machines in a near-three hour runout alongside the Moto2 riders. On day one, Luis Salom had a small crash at Turn 5 that prevented him from completing more than 5 further laps. Times were significantly slower to those clocked at the recent Valencia GP.
At 12:50pm the second session began, featuring only Moto3 riders. Luis Salom quickly improved his times, placing 32 thousandths of a second behind fastest rider Maverick Viñales. Khairuddin was also quick, third at 0.781 off the top, whilst Arthur Sissis was thirteenth at 2.845 off.
After a one-hour break, two further hours of testing took place in which everyone dropped their times. After 26 laps in the three sessions, Luis Salom recorded his best time of 1’40.871. He was 0.156 off Viñales. Fourth was Khairuddin with a time of 1’41.788 from 54 laps. Arthur Sissis was ninth from 45 laps, with a fastest time of 1’42.690.
“We've come here from Almería, where we already had a good feeling with the bike. This morning I had a small crash, but I am still happy with the results that we obtained. The bike is working very well, the team are working hard and we have put in a very good time for the first day here.”
“In the morning I focused on understanding the bike a little better, adapting to it and feeling comfortable riding. I began to go pretty fast and was putting in some strong times. It is the first day and I am happy with the results from today. I don’t think that I could have gone any faster than I did. I am close to the times that I put in here last year, but we can still improve a little more.”
“I am very happy. The bike is working perfectly and we had a good pace for the entire first day of testing. Thanks to my good feeling on the bike we were able to put in fast times with ease. We were able to undertake a lot of laps and I felt full of confidence on the corners and under braking. It’s clear that we have to improve a bit more in some aspects in order to get closer to the top, but I’m sure that in the coming days we will only get better.”
NICO TEROL STRIKES FIRST AS MOTO2 PRESEASON GETS UNDERWAY
Aspar Team rider starts the year as the fastest rider on track with Torres half a second behind him in seventh
After a long and quiet winter the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia was ringing to the sound of four-stroke Grand Prix engines again today as the 2013 preseason got underway for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. 32 riders from the intermediate category lapped from 10am until 5pm, an hour of which was kept exclusively for them. Three Spaniards dominated the time sheets and only two of them were able to break the 1'36 barrier, Nico Terol leading the way from compatriots Julián Simón and Pol Espargaró.
Aspar Team rider Terol started the new year in the same form that he finished 2012 and his podium finish in the final round of the season here at Valencia remains fresh in the memory. His best effort today of 1'35.926 is well inside the circuit record (1'36.611) and close to the outright Moto2 lap record (1'35.191). It was set on last year's bike during the exclusive Moto2 session (2pm-3pm). Tomorrow he will run comparative tests with the new machine. Jordi Torres has already started work on his 2013 chassis and made gradual progress with the set-up to finish just half a second shy of his team-mate.
1st Nico Terol 1.35.926: "I have enjoyed the winter and trained hard, which has helped me start out with a great feeling from the first day of testing here at Valencia. It was hard to get comfortable because it was windy and the track was dirty but I am happy with the feeling I had with last year's bike. We wanted to try the 2012 version today and move onto the new chassis tomorrow so we can compare. We set a fast time, the fastest of the day, but the main thing was that my times were consistent and my feeling was good despite not riding for a while. We all know you don't get anything without working for it in Moto2 so it is good to start out so strongly. The podium at Valencia was the step up in quality that I was missing last year and it gave me the motivation to work hard this winter. So far the results are showing so I hope this continues."
7th Jordi Torres 1.36.457: "I struggled a bit to get a feeling for the bike this morning, basically because it has been two months since I rode it. I have done a little bit of enduro over the winter but other than that I've hardly touched a motorcycle so we started off slowly and built our pace without taking unnecessary risks. I started to feel more confident and comfortable this afternoon. We decided to get straight down to work with the 2013 chassis and it was a long day of testing all the new material. The good thing is that the new chassis offers a lot of options in terms of playing around with the stiffness although today we just focused on trying different geometry settings to get the bike working better. It's great to finally be a full-time Grand Prix rider at last and all this work in preseason will serves me really well when the racing gets underway."
Niklas Ajo kicks off preseason
Avant Tecno KTM rider takes part in Valencia Moto3 Test, his first outing since injuring his knee.
12/02/13 - Ricardo Tormo circuit
Niklas Ajo today undertook his first laps with the new KTM Moto3 bike at Valencia. The Avant Tecno KTM rider participated in Day 1 of the Moto3 Official Test, returning to action after a winter skiing injury.
Low temperatures in Valencia and a strong wind prevented the riders from going out until 11:30am. The Finn was finally able to get onto his KTM and attempted to put in laps, but completed just five with the track still too cold.
In the second and third sessions (of 1 hour and 2 hours in duration, respectively) the Avant Tecno KTM rider regained confidence on the bike. With 13 laps in each session, Ajo concluded his day early at 4pm local time in order to conserve his leg and keep strong for the coming two days. His best lap on Day 1 was a 1’43.594.
"Today I had my first encounter with the bike, as before I had a skiing accident and injured myself. My leg is not completely recovered and it still hurts a little, so I decided to end the day early today. I don't want to make things worse on the first day. I felt good with the bike and have a good understanding with my new team, so I'm happy with Day 1."
JONAS FOLGER MAKES STRONG START TO PRESEASON AT VALENCIA
MAPFRE Aspar rider fifth fastest on opening day of 2013 testing with his new team-mate Eric Granado in 23rd
Three months after the final race of the 2012 season and with some private testing already under their belts the 2013 preseason got officially underway at Valencia today. The first day of a three-day test took place in sunny and warm conditions although strong winds early in the day called for a cautious approach. The day started with a combined session for Moto2 and Moto3 before each category was afforded an hour exclusively for them, and then the track was again opened to both for the final hour. Three Spaniards (Viñales, Salom and Rins) dominated the timesheets followed by a Malaysian (Khairuddin) and a German (Folger). It is still early days but it's fair to say the championship favourites are already laying down their markers.
MAPFRE Aspar Team riders Jonas Folger and Eric Granado stretched their legs following the long winter break on last year's machines but tomorrow they will switch to the 2013 version Kalex. The German was quickly on the pace, clocking up 48 laps as he got into the swing of riding a Grand Prix bike again, whilst his new Brazilian team-mate Eric Granado also focused on racking up mileage as he prepares for his rookie season in this category.
5th Jonas Folger 1.42.093 (48 laps): "I was looking forward to getting back on the bike after such a long break. It was a pretty positive day, mainly because we were able to try things with the whole bike and get into the swing of riding it again. We didn't look at the lap times, just concentrated on my feeling with the bike, and in general I am happy with it. Tomorrow we'll start work on the new bike and compare the data with what we already have. I can't wait to try the 2013 Kalex."
23rd Eric Granado 1.43.937 (62 laps): "It has been a positive day even though we started late because of the wind. It took a while for the track to et up to temperature but I felt comfortable. I rode the same bike as at the Almería test last year and as the day progressed I was able to improve my lap times. I am not looking at my position overall - I'm just pleased with the way I have adjusted to the bike because this is all new to me. We will try the new bike tomorrow and I'm sure it will be much better. Today was a good opportunity to shake off some rust and get a feel for riding this kind of machine."