2014 Moto2 And Moto3 Valencia Test, Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after testing at Valencia:


Marc VDS get 2014 off to a flying start at Valencia

Valencia, Spain – 13 Feb 2014: The Marc VDS Racing Team got their 2014 Moto2 campaign off to a flying start at the opening test of the season in Valencia. Tito Rabat dipped under the outright circuit record to top the timesheet, while Mika Kallio ended the three-day test seventh on combined times.

An unseasonably cold Valencia welcomed the riders on the opening day of the test, with strong winds making conditions on track less than ideal for testing. Undeterred after a winter spent at home in Finland, it was Kallio who conquered the cold to post the fastest lap on day one. Rabat, while not a fan of the cold or the wind, still ended the day eighth on the timesheet.

Both Marc VDS Moto2 riders took advantage of the much-improved conditions on the second day, with Rabat setting a blistering pace in the final timed session. The 24-year-old Spaniard’s lap time of 1’35.155s was the fastest of the day, almost 0.4s quicker than second placed Tom Lüthi. The return of the wind on the final day meant that nobody, including Rabat, was able to improve on this time.

Moto3 rider, Livio Loi, made significant progress over the course of the three-day test, eventually finishing 11th on combined times and within one second of the fastest time of the test, set by Niccolò Antonelli.

The Marc VDS Racing Team depart Valencia this evening, destination Jerez, where the second three-day test of the 2014 season will take place from 18-20 February.

Tito Rabat: 1st - 1’35.155

“I’m very happy for the feeling with the bike and with the team during these three days in Valencia. We worked very well, trying many different things on the bike - suspension, swinging arm and fairings – and we learnt a lot. We made improvements to the bike and also found a good rhythm during our race simulation today. Now we need to head down to Jerez to confirm everything at a different track, under different conditions and, hopefully, make one step more.”

Mika Kallio: 7th – 1’35.690

“Overall I’m quite satisfied, mainly for the progress made over the first two days. I was fastest on day one, but slipped to third on day two. The plan for today was to try to make a few fast lap times, to close the gap to the top, but the feeling with the soft tyre wasn’t so good and I couldn’t take advantage of the additional grip. Rather than chase a time, we decided instead to work on a solution to the problem I had at the race here last year, when my rear tyre was almost completely destroyed. Over the race simulation today they was a significant improvement in both the grip and the endurance of the rear tyre, which was positive, but we need to confirm this and a number of other things at Jerez next week.”

Livio Loi: 11th – 1’40.394

“After some of the issues I had last year with my feeling on the bike, here we’ve focussed on testing different settings to find the best base set up. My feeling has improved and this can be seen in the lap times, as well as the reduced gap to the front-runners. Today was also very important; in the past I’ve had problems when it’s been windy, but today I was able to maintain the same gap to the front despite the wind, which is a big step forward. Now we head to Jerez, where the goal is to make another step.”


Hafiq Azmi concludes positive Valencia test

SIC-Ajo rider clocks 18th fastest time at end of three-day Moto3 test in Valencia

02/13/2014 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

Hafiq Azmi concluded the opening three days of Moto3 testing in style on Thursday, continuing his impressive adaptation to the class at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain. The SIC-Ajo rider made consistent improvement in an intense test, setting a fastest time of 1:40.734 yesterday which placed him 18th on the combined timesheets.

Cold temperatures and strong winds did not impede Hafiq Azmi from springing a surprise in the Moto3 class, ending the opening day sixth fastest with a time of 1:41.120. That was his fastest time to date at the Valencian circuit, and left him behind only more experienced riders like Miller, Fenati and Kent. The 2014 rookie continued to progress on Wednesday, besting his time by almost a second under improved weather conditions.

Today, Hafiq Azmi concluded the test with a good third day, in which more comprehensive improvement of his quickest lap time was only prevented by strong winds of up to 40km/h.

Having finished off his second test of the preseason, the Malaysian rider will be able to further work with his KTM Moto3 bike from next Tuesday at Jerez, where a three-day official test will be held for the lower cylinder class.

Combined Standings - 3 Days

1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:39.454

2. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:39.462 +0.008

3. Danny Kent (Husqvarna) 1:39.726 +0.272

4. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:39.885 +0.431

5. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:40.060 +0.606

18. Hafiq Azmi (SIC-Ajo) 1:40.734 +1.208

Hafiq Azmi - SIC-Ajo rider

"These three days have been a completely new experience for me. I rode with the rest of the Moto3 riders, most of them have more experience than me and I could judge my level. The truth is that I had a good feeling with the bike; I'm happy about that. I’m not so happy with the lap times, but I know I can improve my riding and get faster.

The truth is that I did not expect to take the sixth fastest time on Tuesday, but I always try to work to be as high up the order as possible; if that is in the top 10, then even better. Next week I have to keep working to get a better feeling with the bike and test some new setups. Every day is a little closer to the first race in Qatar."


ANTONELLI THE FASTEST MAN OVER THE THREE DAYS OF TESTING AT VALENCIA

The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 has been an absolute protagonist in all three days of testing at Valencia. After topping the time sheets in the first two days, today Niccolò Antonelli was again among the leaders with the fourth fastest time, 1’40”127, despite having completed only a few laps following a ‘highside’ in the morning. However, the time obtained yesterday by the 17-year-old Italian - 1’39”454 - remained undefeated, so “Nicco” remained the fastest over the three days of testing.

Antonelli’s teammate, Enea Bastianini, was also involved in a crash in the last corner of the track, after which he was unable to continue the test. The 16-year-old rookie from Rimini has therefore completed only 28 laps with a best time of 1’40”722, the 13th on today’s time sheets, but still maintain the eighth position in the combined classification over the 3 days.

Now the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 is ready to move to Jerez, where three more days of testing are scheduled from 18th to 20th of February.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (1'40"127 - 28 LAPS)

"I’m disappointed about the fall: it was very windy this morning, I went on the dirt and as soon as I accelerated the bike launched me with a 'highside'. It was my mistake, I could definitely be more careful, but the wind certainly did not help me. After the fall I lost a lot of time, because at first I was not remembering anything of what happened, so they took me to the Medical Center. The important thing however is that now I'm fine: in the afternoon I went back to the track and although I was not in great shape I could set the second best lap time of the afternoon session, so for today it’s okay. Now we are already focused on the next test in Jerez”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'40"722 - 34 LAPS)

“While I was running in today’s second practice session, in the last corner, also because of the strong wind, the front end 'closed' and I slipped. Unfortunately, following the fall the bike was really damaged and therefore I was not able to continue testing, losing the rest of the day. This is the first mistake in six days of tests, between Almeria and Valencia, but of course I would rather avoid it: I was plannign to try some new parts, but we'll do it next week. Jerez is a circuit I like and we are already well under way with bike set-up, so I hope to continue to stay in the top positions”.

FABRIZIO CECCHINI (Technical Coordinator)

“Today, the strong wind has been annoying our riders; it was a pity mostly because both riders had a great desire to continue to work on their bikes and the falls prevented them from carrying out any program. However, we are very pleased with the outcome of these three days: Niccolò has been the fastest in the combined classification, so it could not get any better than that, while Enea impressed by closing eighth overall over the three days, the first of the rookies. We still have much work to do for the forthcoming Jerez test: regarding Antonelli, we will focus on weights balance, trying a different positioning of the ballast, in order to find the ideal balance; with Bastianini we will try to continue with the good work done so far”.


First Official Test in Valencia ended for Randy Krummenacher

Valencia, February 13, 2014 - The first official Moto2 test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia are ended for the Moto2 Iodaracing Moto2.

In the three days spent on the Valencian track, Randy Krummenacher and the team have worked hard to resume the rider’s confidence lost in the long stop period after his injury last year at Silverstone.

A total of 167 laps were carried out during the three days of testing, 67 of which done today. The team and the rider did not go in search of the absolute chronometric result , but the confidence of the rider in all the sessions on the track. Just the last day in Valencia was very successful for Randy Krummenacher, who was able to cope better and longer driving.

At the end of the three days of testing , Randy has clocked his best time of 1.37.151 .

RANDY KRUMMENACHER - MOTO2 RIDER - "I'm pleased with how went these days in Valencia. I was not fast , but what the important for me was to regain the confidence with the bike and the track. Today was supposed to be the worst day for me, but I managed to do the 67 laps on a track and this is a very positive result. I am sure to improve in Jerez de la Frontera in the test next week . "

The Moto2 Iodaracing Team and Randy Krummenacher they’ ll be back on track starting next 18 to 20 february for the second official test ever, in Jerez de la Frontera.


THREE DAYS OF CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS FOR BALDASSARRI AT VALENCIA

The Team Gresini Moto2 and Lorenzo Baldassarri ended today the official Moto2 test at Valencia: over the three days spent at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo the young Italian Moto2 rookie was able to complete a total of over 200 laps, constantly lowering his lap times and taking a very important step forward in understanding the Suter machine he will use in the forthcoming season. At the end of the test Baldassarri resulted 23rd among the 31 riders testing on track, with a best time of 1’36”926.

The next meeting is now scheduled for February 18th at Jerez, for another three days of testing: in addition to Baldassarri, next week Xavier Siméon will also be back on track aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (1'36"926 - 66 LAPS)

“Like in the first two days, the work we did today was crucial to understand the behavior of the bike: doing many laps is so important because at every session I can understand some more aspects in which I can improve. The next tests are scheduled in Jerez, a track where last November I have already had the opportunity to try the Moto2: I will have more references and therefore it will be interesting to see what level I reached. It’s an excellent opportunity to continue the great work that we are doing”.

FABRIZIO CECCHINI (Technical Coordinator)

“Baldassarri is showing a steady improvement, working without pressure, and his performances over the three days in Valencia proves it. Lorenzo is very good at giving to the technicians useful information with regard to his feelings on the bike, a quality that is unusual for a boy that is just 17: for this reason I am convinced that in the next test we can make a further improvement”.


TORRES AND TEROL COMPLETE POSITIVE VALENCIA TEST

MAPFRE Aspar riders keep up consistent pace and gather plenty of data from multitude of laps

Despite weather conditions improving in terms of temperatures, a strong wind at the Valencia circuit did not allow the Moto2 riders to go faster on Thursday than on Wednesday. The times were speedy, however, and as close as ever in the intermediate class. Again there was a change of top rider, as Maverick Viñales followed in the footsteps of Mika Kallio –Tuesday’s fastest man- and Esteve Rabat –quickest on Wednesday. The difference was small, and the Moto2 field will be as packed as ever when it heads to Jerez next week, for the next round of three testing days.

Besides the times, the MAPFRE Aspar riders were using the Valencia test to gather a wealth of data. Jordi Torres and Nico Terol put in an enormous amount of laps for the third consecutive day, finishing off the test with their homework well and truly done. The MAPFRE Aspar duo were amongst the most consistent in the class, always amongst the frontrunners with their steady pace. Jordi Torres eventually set a best time of 1’35.643, whilst Nico Terol’s top lap was a 1’35.779.

6th Jordi Torres 1.35.643 (84 laps): "We worked hard over these three days, and our goal was to gather as much information as possible. It's our second full season in the World Championship, so we are still in need of a lot of data. The new chassis will allow me to be very precise when entering corners, we are happy with it and it's pretty similar to last year’s frame. It turns in a lot, but we still need a little bit more at full lean. Something very positive is that we have found a lot of grip when exiting corners. Besides putting in many laps during the test, we were always up there in terms of pace, so I'm happy overall and I hope to continue like this at Jerez."

8th Nico Terol 1.35.779 (70 laps): "Work, work and more work. That is how I would sum up this test. We have put in a lot of laps over the three days. We have worked to bring the new chassis up to speed, mostly. Much progress has been made but I did not get the feeling that I wanted, still. I lack some confidence with the front, which for me is very important because I use it a lot in my riding style. After trying out a lot of things, by the end of today I found a pace in the high 1’35s. I know we have room for improvement, so I'm calm about how this test in Valencia went. I'm happy because we worked very well, although it is true that I would have liked things to have worked with a little more fluidity."


RW Racing GP content with Valencia test

After three days of testing RW Racing GP leaves Valencia pleased with the results. Ana Carrasco ran 80 laps on the last day and improved to 1.41,214. Scott Deroue could only run a few laps before he crashed. He didn’t improve his best lap time set on day 2 but still was satisfied.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen left the Ricardo Tormo track in a good mood. “It was a good test. We’ve learned a lot, we shifted a lot of work and everybody is happy. I saw smiling faces around me in the garage, so that’s good. I’m glad we went to Almeria first to make sure everything was set up to make it possible to use the full three days here in Valencia. For sure we still have much to do before the first race, but we still got time.”

Next week already testing continues with three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in Jerez.

#9 Scott Deroue: “The day was too short for me unfortunately. Already after a few laps I crashed. I entered a corner too early and was kicked off by the bike. I’ve tried to continue, but my back hurt and I wasn’t confident. It’s a pity because I was hoping to improve my lap time. Thank you to the mechanics who managed to get my bike back in mint-condition. All in all I’m satisfied with the past three days. I’m looking forward to Jerez: a track I know well from the Rookies Cup.”

#22 Ana Carrasco: “I’m happy. The bike feels good. I had some issues with braking when entering the corners, but with some new settings we managed to get that under control. There’s only one corner I’m still struggling with. I’m satisfied with where we are now and hope to improve again in Jerez next week.”


JUANFRAN GUEVARA ENDS THIRD DAY OF TESTING AT VALENCIA THIRD FASTEST

ASPAR Team rider improves lap times for third consecutive day, clocking third fastest time on final day of testing

The highest temperatures of the week greeted the Moto3 and Moto2 riders on the third and final day of testing in Valencia. Temperatures reached just short of 25ªC at the track, and the sun was out. Only a light afternoon wind prevented a perfect day for the riders, and the majority of the participants decided to use the entirety of the day by riding through to 5pm. The fastest times of the day did not improve overall, but it was a positive day for all involved and the timesheets were as close as ever. Miller was the quickest on Day 3, with Juanfran Guevara the big surprise with the third best lap.

For the third day in a row, Juanfran Guevara improved on his personal best times at the Valencian circuit, showing his speedy adaption to the ASPAR Team and to the Moto3 class. The Spaniard clocked a surprising 1’40.112 lap time at midday, making him the third quickest on the day’s combined timesheet. The impressive performance gives reason to suspect that Guevara may be challenging the top guns in the Moto3 category in the imminent future –in what is supposed to be a learning season.

3rd Juanfran Guevara 1.40.112 (50 laps): “I am very happy, because we did a great job over the three days. Today we also saw that the setup we found yesterday is great. In general I am satisfied; I enjoyed riding and the times came relatively easy to me. For a first official test of the year, we have obtained a lot of data and the most important thing is that we have a good base for the rest of the season. I leave Valencia very excited, because we have improved with every day and the times have been fast. My adaption is going the right way, so I hope to continue like this next week at Jerez.”


Miller ends Valencia test with top Thursday time

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider concludes Valencia test with the fastest time of the final day. Karel Hanika gets back on his bike and improves his times from Tuesday.

02/13/2014 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team had reasons to be happy upon departure from Valencia, having undertaken three positive days of testing. Jack Miller dominated the final day of testing and teammate Karel Hanika –absent through a right wrist injury on Wednesday– got back onboard his KTM for another day of improvements. In the combined timesheet from the three days, the Australian claimed the second fastest time of 1:39.462, with his Czech colleague twenty-third with a 1:41.258.

Gusts of wind reaching up to 40 km/h prevented the Moto3 riders from continuing the upward trend of the previous days, and the smaller cylinder class was unable to lower times from Wednesday. Nevertheless, the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo decided to focus on their main objective: Testing out a multitude of setups.

Karel Hanika returned at 10:35 a.m, with a bandaged right wrist and the desire to put in further laps. He rode 47 laps of the track on Thursday, with a best time of 1:41.258 –a personal best for the test– in the second session. His technicians, team and the rider himself opted for a cautious approach, and Hanika sat out the final session.

Teammate Jack Miller made the most of every minute, pushing hard to end the test with a great lap time. He did so, with the fastest lap of the day. He dominated each session, although he was unable to lower his times from Wednesday. He was, however, the only man capable of breaking the 1’40s, setting a best time of 1:39.773.

After this final day at Valencia, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will be back in action from next Tuesday, with three days at Jerez.

Combined Standings - 3 days

1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:39.454

2. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:39.462 +0.008

3. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:39.726 +0.272

4. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:39.885 +0.431

5. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:40.060 +0.606

23. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.258 +1.804

Jack Miller

"Today was a good day, in which we again tried many different configurations that KTM let us work on. Every day we are getting better and better, and for me it's a great learning experience. This is also a good way to work with the team: We explain what our feeling with the setup is and we adapt that to the bike. At every moment we are studying something. For the test next week we are in good shape and I think we can continue taking things in this direction.

We still have room for improvement. Valencia is a strange track, all the bikes I've ridden here have suffered with the front grip, but I am very happy with my lap times despite the cold and wind. I'm happy. Our pace is pretty good, I can maintain it for a series of laps and the bike and tyres also hold up well. We'll see what happens at Jerez."

Karel Hanika

"Today I feel much better than yesterday, I was able to do a few laps on the track, so that pleased me. My wrist hurt a little, so we decided not to risk things and did not participate in the last session. Nevertheless, I believe that in the morning we did a very good job with the team. Clearly, if we had not had the crash we could have been a little better with everything and done more laps, but it went well. Looking ahead to Jerez, I want to improve my feel with the rear of the bike and I'm sure we can do that. Next week I'm sure I'll be ready to have a very good test."


Rins and Marquez satisfied after three days of testing in Valencia

Honda pair leave Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia happy with work carried out. Next Tuesday they test again, at Jerez.

After putting more than 1,488 kilometres under their belts, the Moto3 riders concluded the first official test of the 2014 preseason on Thursday. Alex Rins and Alex Marquez made the most of the three days of testing to continue the development of the new Honda NSF250RW. The riders dedicated their time to adapting to their new machines alongside their respective crews, and collected valuable information for further development.

On Thursday the high winds returned and complicated the work on track, preventing riders from improving their times from the previous day. Alex Rins ended the day with a best time of 1:40.711, whilst Alex Marquez stopped the clock with a lap of 1:41.480. Marquez did not ride during the afternoon due to accumulated fatigue in his right shoulder.

After the good feeling experienced at this test, Rins and Marquez move on to Jerez, where they have three days on track in their next testing appointment. They will use the trio of days to continue adapting to their new bikes and fine-tuning their setups.

Alex Rins

1:40.711, 80 laps, 320 km.

"I’m pretty happy with how we worked with the team in terms of the chassis and suspension, and although the times are still not what we were after, we are feeling good. The weather conditions were not the best today, it was very windy, but we were able to maintain a good pace and collect a lot of data to develop the bike."

Alex Marquez

1:41.480, 47 laps, 188 km.

"I am pleased these three days of testing. Today I stopped testing early, because my right shoulder is still not 100% recovered and I prefer not to force it, in order to go to Jerez in better shape. Overall we are happy with the work done these three days, although the difficult conditions of strong winds prevented us from making as much progress as we would have liked. We need to keep working on the development of the new bike and the parts provided for us by the HRC technicians."


Husqvarna riders do their homework at Valencia

Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo end three-day test with the third and the twentieth fastest times, respectively, on the combined timesheet.

02/13/2014 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

The Husqvarna Moto3 riders ended Thursday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit with positive conclusions drawn from their three-day test. Danny Kent took the third fastest time of the three days -1:39.726- and Niklas Ajo was twentieth quickest -1:41.127. Overall, the Brit added 1,778km to his personal testing clock, with Ajo contributing 1,470.

The wind was a big factor on Thursday, preventing riders from lowering their times from yesterday. However, Danny Kent was the first rider in Moto3 out on track, at 10.10 am. After checking the conditions for the day and seeing the possibility of further improving his times as unlikely, the Red Bull Husqvarna man focused exclusively on testing various things. His experimentation was interrupted by a couple of crashes, which did not prevent him from going back out. In the end, his best time in the first session -1:40.675- was the ninth best of the day.

Niklas Ajo came close to improving on his best from Wednesday, adding further kilometres to his testing tally. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider’s 1:41.184 was almost dead even with his previous best. Eighteenth on Thursday, Ajo finished satisfied with his testing, although disappointed with the limiting effects of the weather.

With data to analyse after three intense days of work, the Husqvarna Factory Racing squad travels to southern Spain next, where from Tuesday they will start a new three-day test at the Circuito de Jerez.

Combined Standings - 3 days

1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:39.454

2. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:39.462 +0.008

3. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:39.726 +0.272

4. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:39.885 +0.431

5. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:40.060 +0.606

20. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:41.127 +1.673

Danny Kent

"Today was windier than yesterday or Tuesday. We also had two crashes, although one was not my fault, and we have been testing different things. It is precisely for this reason that we are here, to try new things and to be ready for the first race of the year in Qatar. I think, overall, the test was not too bad, but there are things we can improve on in terms of both my riding and the bike. Now I am waiting impatiently for the test at Jerez."

Niklas Ajo

"I think we've improved a lot with every day, it is true that the lap times were not as fast as we might have expected, but we've been consistent. We set the same lap times throughout the whole sessions and we were able to try some new things with the bike. We tried to relax to find the best possible feeling and I'm happy with how things went. After these three days, we head to Jerez in good shape. Today was much windier than yesterday and it was more difficult to set good times, but still we matched those from yesterday. However, this does not matter, we're talking about the first test and the timesheet doesn’t really matter. It will be important at the final test, at Jerez, but before that we need to focus on the next test and continue our hard work. We want to improve our pace because we are now consistent, but the lap times are still slow. Improving them is the next step."


Positive beginnings for Tech3’s Schrotter and Mariñelarena at first Moto2 test

Tech 3’s Marcel Schrotter and Álex Mariñelarena today completed the first of three pre-season tests at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana in positive spirits, in preparation for the 2014 Moto2 World Championship.

The all new rider line up tested the Tech3 Racing Team’s exclusively self-designed and engineered Mistral 610 and eased back into the racing after a lengthy off season. Additionally, both riders explored different set ups, and became accustomed to the new 2014 spec Moto2 bikes.

Although the weather in Valencia did not initially provide ideal conditions for the Moto2 riders on the opening day with cold winds chilling track temperatures, Wednesday and Thursday were warmer and supplied the Moto2 riders with good conditions for the opening test.

Marcel Schrotter joins the Tech3 Racing Team having already spent several years in different classes in the World Championship. The German rider began the test by familiarizing himself with the Mistral 610, before exploring set-ups which would suit his riding style. Working relentlessly with his new team, Schrotter pushed forward and set encouraging lap times, despite a minor crash on Tuesday afternoon. This incident did not lower his confidence, and he proceeded to better his lap time to 1:36.684 which was one and a half seconds quicker than his initial time set on Tuesday. The Bavarian rider finished the testing session in 19th.

Álex Mariñelarena continued his learning experience of the Mistral 610 at Valencia as he begins his first, full time campaign with the Tech3 Racing Team this year. The young Spaniard’s time on track was restricted due to an early fall in the Tuesday session. He was uninjured but consequently lost track time due to repairs. However, the former CEV Buckler race winner regained his confidence and continued to push onward during the following days, and lowered his lap times. Mariñelarena finished the test with a best time of 1:37.015, having amassed 25 laps on the final day. His final placing was 25th.

Preparations for the season opener at the Losail Circuit in Qatar on the 23rd with Tech3 Racing Team’s Moto2 riders aiming to optimize the testing time before the season begins. The next testing session will commence on the 18th of February at the Circuito De Jerez, Spain.

Marcel Schrotter – 19th – 1:36.684:

“I am happy with how the test went. There were a few issues yesterday and this morning, with the bike suffering from chatter. This was unfortunate as the team and I were unable to work through our test schedule which we planned. Once this was solved, I had a good feeling with the bike and improved quickly. There are still six days of testing left, and I am confident that I will be prepared and be closer to the front as Qatar approaches."

Álex Mariñelarena - 25th – 1:37.015:

“Overall, I am quite happy. I was disappointed to have crashed on the first day, which meant that we lost the whole day of testing. On the second day, the team had to change the engine, which meant that we lost even more time. However, once everything was repaired on Wednesday afternoon, I was happy with how the bike felt and was also pleased with some of the other improvements the team made. I am feeling really confident and am looking forward to Jerez. I want say a big thanks to my Tech3 Racing Team for all of their work this week as well.”


The new FORWARD KLX – The Forward Racing Moto2 bikes for the 2014 season

The NGM Forward Racing team will present its new Moto2 technical package for the coming season in occasion of the Moto2/Moto3 official pre season test in Jerez, scheduled from the 18th to the 20th of February.

The NGM Forward Racing team will line up a new technical solution: the Forward KLX. This new Moto2 project has been developed thanks to the experience gained in the past years through the collaboration of the best Moto2 chassis producers and it is based on the 2013 Kalex chassis. The team started to work at this project after the Valencia test of last November and the development continued at Almeria in occasion of the test session organized together with FTR. The NGM Forward Racing Moto2 team can count on the support of all the technical partners of our MotoGP team as Ohlins, Brembo, Akrapovic, 2D and FTR itself.

Marco Curioni - Managing Director

“We will face the coming Moto2 season with a new and innovative project. We have applied our idea of the "philosophy" of the Open category in MotoGP to the Moto2 class, choosing not to be tied to partnerships that don’t give us the freedom that we need. We believe that the 2013 Kalex chassis still represents the best solution in Moto2, so we decided to buy it with the idea to complete it in those technical areas where we have seen space for improvements. We are working on several aspects such as the swing arm, the aerodynamics and the electronics, choosing the best that our partners can offer. This is our Forward KLX project, that reflects our vision of the Open class."

Simone Corsi

“I'm very happy with the opportunity of riding a Kalex 2013. For sure this chassis will be competitive, considering that it was World Champion last year. We decided not to test at Valencia last week in order to continue the development and be ready for Jerez test. I’m looking forward to ride the new machine."

Mattia Pasini

"I’m very pleased to start the 2014 season with this new project. I’m determined and motivated to do my best to get important results. I look forward to the Jerez test and to work on the bike in preparation of the championship”.

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