Wednesday Testing Press Releases From Almeria, Cartagena and Jerez

Press releases from the Gresini Moto2 team, the Aspar Moto3 team, and the Crescent Suzuki WSBK team after testing:


After two productive days of testing at Valencia last week, the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon were back on track today at the Circuit de Almeria to take part at the final test session of 2014 before the winter break. The 25-year-old Belgian rider made the most of the time available by completing no less than 105 laps of the Spanish track, continuing to deepen the knowledge of the Kalex chassis. Always running on good lap times, Xavier made several changes to the bike the set-up, finding at the end of the day a good compromise that allowed him to adapt the behaviour of the bike to his riding style.

The test will continue tomorrow in what will be the final day of testing of the year for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2.


“I’m happy with the outcome of this first day at Almeria: I could cpmplete many laps, trying various set-up solutions that allowed me to make a big step forward compared to the first test at Valencia. My lap times were good and above all we were able to progress throughout the whole day and this is certainly a good sign; furthermore, we were able to adapt the bike to my riding style, so I’m satisfied. This is the last testing session of the year and it’s important to make the most of it: today we started in the best way, doing a good job”.

Guevara and Martín end MAPFRE Aspar Team’s preseason test in Cartagena

Riders continue experimenting with new Mahindra prototypes for 2015, with very positive lap times

Cartagena hosted two days of testing yesterday and today, in which the MAPFRE Aspar Team riders were able to ride alone and at will, testing the Mahindra prototypes for the 2015 season. Pecco Bagnaia was put in charge of testing the bike yesterday, and today it was the turn of Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin. Yesterday the conditions were excellent throughout, but today overnight rain forced the riders to delay their start until after noon.

These circumstances were not a problem, as both Guevara and Martín made the most of the half-day and even extended their track time –originally scheduled to conclude at 5pm- until past 5:30pm. The work plan was similar to that of the first day: Accumulate the greatest number of laps possible to push the engine and frame of the new Mahindra, with a similar prototype to that which will be used in the Moto3 World Championship next season. The MAPFRE Aspar riders were again surprised with the handling of the chassis and with the different alternatives offered by it in terms of setup, as well as with the resistance of the engine -which is becoming more robust and reliable with every test.

Juanfran Guevara 1.37.8 (71 laps): "This morning we started a little late because it rained overnight and the track was still wet. From the start we went out on track with the base prototype for next season. We tried some things with the suspension and chassis, but mostly we focused on different engine parts. We also worked on engine braking. Today was a day of many runs but few laps, had a lot to test and that’s why the runs were so short. The truth is that the first impressions with this new engine are very positive, and this test has helped us to see where we can improve. I guess, with all the data gathered, during the winter break Mahindra will work to improve even more".

Jorge Martín 1.38.4 (64 laps): "Today was very positive. I felt comfortable from the start, and we have also got to ride pretty fast at the end of the day. The only ‘but’ is that when I was riding fastest and improving the most, we had to stop to change the gearing. That cost us a little pace. Afterwards the temperature dropped and so we did not continue to improve. Other than that, I am very happy, I feel very comfortable riding the new bike. This bike is a little stiffer than the one I tested previously, so it is harder to turn it in, but when I open the throttle and brake it is very stable and very secure."

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki on form in third day at Jerez

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Randy de Puniet and Alex Lowes completed another full day of testing at Spain’s Jerez circuit today with second and third fastest times in the FIM Superbike World Championship class.

Feeling confident on his newly acquired Suzuki GSX-R, de Puniet recorded 74 laps of the Andalućian track, setting his quickest time on a Pirelli qualifying tyre – a 1’41.296 – on his 54th revolution. Continuing to evaluate the new 2015 engine-spec late in to the afternoon, before the rain called a halt on proceedings, the Frenchman concluded the day content with the progress made so far.

Disrupted by a red flag as he left pit-lane on a qualifier, Lowes’ fastest time of 1’41.321 - set on his 63rd of 68 laps - was enough to claim the third fastest of the day. Working on race-rubber for the entire duration, including a full race-simulation and a number of practice-starts, the British racer was pleased with his Yoshimura-powered machine’s development over the past two-days having found a setting that allows him to improve the lap-time on new tyres.

Greeted with thick fog as the track opened for Wednesday morning, the Spanish sun soon broke through to leave largely cool but bright conditions for the majority of the day. The rain returned with less than ten minutes to go, having allowing the Suzuki racers to work through a full programme as the development of their respective GSX-R machines continued.

With the weather looking ominous for the remainder of the week, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will decide overnight whether to return for their final day of testing at 10:00hrs local time (09:00GMT) tomorrow.

Randy de Puniet:

“It was a very good day! We had a full day’s testing which was very interesting and in my situation I needed a day like that. We worked very well and I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and I think we have done a great job with the few laps and the three day’s that we have had. We are becoming more comfortable as a team and working together and I have a good feeling and am starting to enjoy riding the bike. It’s a great start, my teammate is also doing a good job which is great as we can work together to be very strong for the first race. We can see we are near the top of the timesheets and this is important, even if it is only the winter tests, and it is good to finish the year like this. I hope the weather will be good for tomorrow, but in the wet conditions on the first day my feeling was very good too, so if the test finishes tonight, for me its fine and we will see what happens next year.”

Alex Lowes:

“Today was good - on race tyres, set-up and understanding the bike. We worked a lot on old tyres and got more out of the day race-wise than yesterday; we didn’t use a qualifier, we just concentrated on race-tyres and hopefully, fingers-crossed, it will help us by the time we get to Australia. We are testing, so some things didn’t work, some did, and we are slowly finding a new base-setting for the bike which is different than I had last year and I think it’s in the right direction. We are working hard and thinking about the races and hopefully I’ll be in a better position come Phillip Island.”

Paul Denning- Team Manager:

“Another positive day’s work here in Jerez with good track conditions all-day apart from the early morning mist. Randy’s third day on the Crescent GSX-R has seen him look more comfortable and more aggressive lap-by-lap and his understanding of the bike and Pirelli tyres is improving all the time. He had never used a Pirelli qualifier before, so he used a couple of those and took big steps forward in lap-time and then when returning to the race-tyre his pace was immediately better than before, and also very consistent. Today was Randy’s first on the 2015 engine-spec and, as Alex had reported, the engine character is an improvement and with some more refinements on the power-delivery settings, it can be better again.

“Alex had another stellar day, including a full race simulation early on, and despite running into a few technical delays during the day which is often the case in testing, as soon as the right setting for him to push hard was in the bike the pace on race-tyres was shockingly fast and a lot more consistent than we saw here last winter or over the course of the race weekend.

“With the rain that has now arrived it looks like our dry-testing is over, we will decide tonight whether to run any wet-testing tomorrow but for the moment we can only summarise that it has been a good start to 2015.”


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