Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after a (rather fruitless) first day of testing at a wet and windy Jerez:
NICO TEROL KEEPS PRESEASON FORM UP AT CIRCUITO DE JEREZ
ASPAR Team rider goes fastest in opening day of testing at Jerez, whilst Jordi Torres clocks ninth best time
Five days after concluding the first test of the year in Valencia, the Moto2 and Moto3 riders were reunited once again today at Jerez. This week sees three days of testing in Southern Spain, running until Thursday. Rain heavily affected proceedings, as it left the track wet enough to not provide regular riding conditions. Nevertheless, three Spaniards were once again at the top of the timesheets: Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and Julián Simón.
For the second consecutive test, ASPAR Team rider Nico Terol kicked things off with the fastest time. The Spaniard has had a great start to the preseason, showing that he is one of the men to watch in Moto2 this year. Today he was the fastest on the damp track, stopping the clock in 1'53.831 during the Moto2-only session. He concluded his day's work at around 4:30pm.
Teammate Jordi Torres also showed an excellent level in difficult conditions. Just like Terol, Torres began riding from noon until around 4pm, completing 56 laps with a best time of 1'55.101. Torres also experimented with rear end setup, as he looked to gain traction on a wet track.
1º Nico Terol 1.53.831 (45 laps): "I am very happy, because I felt very good riding in the wet today with my new Suter chassis. At the start of the day I took things calmly, but later on I easily picked up the pace. In fact, in the Moto2-only session I felt so comfortable that I pushed hard to see how far I could go. I of course left room for error and didn't take unnecessary risks. Afterwards we decided not to go out in the final combined session. Last week we started well in Valencia, today we were back in front despite the rain, so I am satisfied. I feel good and I intend to continue like this. In any case, we have to keep our feet on the ground continue with our working method and focus on getting used to the developments. I hope that tomorrow we can ride in the dry and that our magnificent feeling continues."
9º Jordi Torres 1.55.101 (56 laps): "This morning we began with a wet setup, as we knew that the conditions were not going to vary all day. It was good for me, to have a day in wet conditions and test out my feeling on the bike. In the morning we lost a lot of rear grip under braking, so we worked on resolving that issue. At the end of the morning we had found a way, improved considerably and finished third fastest. In the Moto2-only session we made a radical change to try and get even more rear grip, but I preferred the way that we used in the morning. We stopped at 4pm, the mechanics are now putting on the old chassis and tomorrow we will do a few tests with that. The forecast is dry, so let's hope that it's right."
Red Bull KTM Ajo starts testing at wet Jerez circuit
Luis Salom, Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin face wet conditions and strong wind on day one of testing at Circuito de Jerez.
19/02/13 - Circuito de Jerez
After positive tests last week at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Red Bull KTM Ajo moved on to Jerez for three days of further Moto3 testing. Day 1 was not as productive as hoped, as Luis Salom, Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin faced adverse weather conditions in Spain.
Rain, low temperatures (13.5ºC) and a strong wind that at times reached gusts of 30 km/h impacted the Moto3 and Moto2 test from the early hours of the day. Luis Salom was one of the first out, but completed just 3 laps. Riders eventually emerged from the pits, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis doing so 40 minutes after their teammate. Khairuddin undertook the most laps (15) and all three were inside the top ten on the timesheet.
In the Moto3-only session, conditions remained the same for the most part. When the rain stopped, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were some of the few to go back out. Sissis was the first, followed by Khairuddin and then Salom. Khairuddin took his best time to under the 2 minute mark, something achieved by only six riders.
Finally, the third and final session saw the wind and rain die down. That allowed the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to enjoy almost two hours of riding. Khairuddin and Salom were fourth and fifth fastest, respectively, breaking the 1’58 barrier, whilst Sissis placed ninth.
Testing at the Circuito de Jerez continues tomorrow and Thursday.
1. Danny Webb (Suter Honda) 1:56.924
2. Brad Binder (Suter Honda) 1:57.351 +0.427
3. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:57.383 +0.459
4. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:57.512 +0.588
5. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:57.881 +0.957
9. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.573 +1.649
"It was a very good day, because we were able to try a lot of things. In the morning we stopped, because we wanted to see if the weather would improve, but when it didn’t we went back out again. Our pace in the wet was good, so we are happy. On rainy days like this, you aim to make the rider comfortable on the bike and see what can go wrong with the bike in such conditions. These are important days, because in a Grand Prix weekend you can experience such conditions in practice or a race. We will now have an idea about how to setup the bike. I am very happy, because the team and I have worked very well."
"In the morning it was very tough, as there was a lot of wind and it rained a lot. We were unable to do many laps. The weather improved in the afternoon, but the asphalt was still wet and we tried to setup the bike as best we could. I put in a lot of laps and was able to drop my times. On the final laps the track was drier and I could go faster, although our wet setting is still good. The important thing today was to get a good setup in the wet, as we hadn’t tried that out before."
"Today the weather wasn’t too good. In the morning the trac kwas completely wet, although in the afternoon it dried steadily. I am very happy with the bike and I think that we got some good times. I think that if the weather improves tomorrow, we can have a good test and try out some new things with the bike. The most important thing today was adapting to the wet with the new bike. Nobody had ridden the new KTM in the wet, so riding in these conditions was positive."
SECOND DAY OF TESTING STARTS IN THE WET
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger takes sixth best time at Jerez, whilst teammate Eric Granado makes maiden wet Moto3 run
A grey day in Jerez, full of intermittent showers and gusty winds, kicked off the first of three days of testing in Southern Spain. The Moto3 riders had moved on from Valencia to Jerez for this latest test, which runs through to Thursday. The wet track allowed plenty of special adjustments for the conditions, in terms of riding and setup. The best time went to Danny Webb, followed by Brad Binder and Jack Miller. The track was open from 10am until 6pm, and the majority of riders defied the conditions to use almost all of the allotted time.
Just as in Valencia, MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger was one of the men to beat in Moto3, taking the sixth best time of the day. The German had planned a day of small adjustments, focusing on the rear of his machine in a search for traction. On the penultimate of his 53 laps he took his best time of the day, a 1'57.904.
Teammate Eric Granado rode a Moto3 bike in the wet for the first time today. The Brazilian also felt good, concluding twelfth and making the most of every minute out on track.
6th Jonas Folger 1.57.904 (53 laps): "The weather was pretty bad today. It spent the whole day raining and then stopping. Nevertheless, we were able to work on many things. Basically, we started with a base wet weather setting and focused on improving rear feeling. We took small steps forward during the day and were able to make a big leap forward in the final run. The improvement came after modifying the suspension firmness on the rear and changing the riding position. I felt a lot more grip at the end of the day, which allowed me to ride quicker and more confidently. I am very happy, and I think that we have found a solution in the wet that can be very useful in the future."
12th Eric Granado 1.59.098 (49 laps): "Today was a different day to all of my previous ones on a Moto3 bike. I rode in the wet with this bike for the first time. We had waited before going out this morning, but then we saw people riding without any problems and that there was little risk, so we got to work. We used last year's bike and really didn't focus on anything in particular, instead looking to get a feel for the wet track. This was a good day for me, because I gained a lot of confidence in these conditions. I am happy with learning a lot without taking any risks."
IT RAINS FOR THE FIRST TEST DAY IN JEREZ
It rains in Jerez de la Frontera for the first test day of Moto2 and Moto3 classes, but all the riders were on track for testing different set up with rain tyres.
Johann Zarco has worked a lot on his Suter MMX2 doing 71 laps of the Spanish track and finishing in 6th position with 1’54.833 at 1.002 from Terol’s best lap. The Came Iodaracing Team french rider has tested different solutions for his new bike on the wet, condition that he likes, trying to find a good feeling with it and doing a very consistent pace during the long runs.
Johann Zarco, Pilota Moto2 # 5: "It was a very usefull day, we need to practice on the wet and today we could test different solutions for our Suter and my team has got a lot of datas good for preparing the 2013 championship. I’m very happy because I have a good feeling with my Suter, we had good feed-backs at every regulation ant that permits to us to find the right way to work on it”.