Press releases after the three-day test at Jerez for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Fabio Quartararo at record pace
Repsol Moto3 riders complete positive three-day test at Jerez.
The Moto3 preseason saw further action this week at the Circuito de Jerez, with Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera undertaking three productive days of testing. Leaving the bad weather that affected last week in Valencia behind them, the Repsol riders put over 800 kilometers each under their belts ‒continuing to adapt to their bikes and preparing for the start of the World Championship in four weeks’ time in Qatar.
Quartararo, who dominated the Valencia test, was again the fastest and left Jerez track with a record to his name. After putting in 217 laps with his NSF250RW Honda, today he set the fastest lap ever recorded at the track with a Moto3 bike: 1:45.580. His teammate, Jorge Navarro, sealed the sixth fastest time of the three days by stopping the clock at 1:46.338 after 206 laps. Maria Herrera continued her adaptation to the Husqvarna and, after 189 laps, yesterday set her best time of 1:47.376. That placed her twenty-sixth on the combined timesheet.
The activity for the Repsol Moto3 riders pauses until March 11th, when they will begin three days of private testing at the Circuito de Almeria. The next official test will see them back at the Circuito de Jerez, from March 17th, and will be the last before the first race in Qatar on March 29th.
Fabio Quartararo 1st 1:45.580 217 laps 959 km
"I'm very happy with the work we have done during these three days of testing at Jerez, where the weather has been better than at Valencia. We have spent the three days working on the setup of the bike. Today has been very positive for the team, because we have focused on working with the first race of the World Championship in Qatar in mind and I am very happy with the results. I have to thank the whole team, because we have worked very well together."
Jorge Navarro 6th 1:46.338 206 laps 911 km
"These three days have been very positive for us, since the good weather allowed us to put in many laps and try many things out on the bike. I personally focused on finding my own pace, without using a slipstream or references, because what we wanted was to analyse the behaviour of the bike with every change we made. The truth is that we have found a pretty good base, but we still have work to do with used tyres. We know the points that we need to improve on with both the bike and my riding, and at the next test I hope to be better prepared."
Maria Herrera 26th 1:47.376 189 laps 836 km
"It has been a very positive test, and every time I am adapting better to the bike. The first of the three days of testing was very windy and we struggled to pick up the pace a bit, but on the second day we managed to set some quick laps and improve my pace and times. Today we continued to try things with the bike and we found a good setup. Although we still have work to do, I have noticed some progress. I can see the kilometres I have accumulated this preseason and now I feel more comfortable on the bike. We must continue to progress, and one of the areas where we need to improve is our braking."
Johann Zarco also fastest at second Moto2 Official Test
Ajo Motorsport rider sets best time of three days of testing at the Circuito de Jerez.
02/19/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
Johann Zarco reconfirmed his great preseason form with another strong showing at Jerez. After dominating the first test, held at Valencia seven days ago, the Ajo Motorsport rider was again the fastest and consistent in the Moto2 class. In the second session today, the Frenchman set the quickest lap of the week with a time of 1:42.121.
Zarco had already set an impressive 1:42.194 lap in the first session, before the Ajo Motorsport rider smashed the circuit record with a 1:42.121 that was unrivalled at the head of the timesheets over the three days. His last runout was used to complete a positive race simulation, which allowed his team to gather important data on the behaviour of his bike.
With these results, Zarco ends the first half of the preseason back on top and one of the men to beat in Moto2. Setting the fastest times at both Valencia and Jerez allow the Frenchman to be more eager than ever to get back on his Kalex next time out, when the final test of the preseason takes place at the Circuito de Jerez on March 17th, 18th and 19th.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"This last day of testing we again have very good weather. It is a pleasure to ride in such temperatures. We did not want to make a mistake because of the cold and luckily we were able to try some things on the bike, to confirm whether the setup for the suspension and chassis were the right ones. We have completed the testing we wanted to do and we are very happy with it.
We finished off with a race simulation. We cannot draw many conclusions from it, because you don’t compete against other riders at the same time, but it shows us that we are consistent and how I feel on the bike. It allowed us to also analyse the feeling with a full tank and empty tank and the differences in braking and handling with the bike. We have gathered a lot of information and we have the next test within a month. I will try to continue the good feeling, have a positive mindset and try to improve the times when we return to Jerez."
BASTIANINI AND LOCATELLI WRAP UP JEREZ TEST IN HIGH SPIRITS
The Junior Team Gresini Moto3 leaves the Spanis soil after three intense days of testing at the Jerez circuit, during which Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli were able to learn more about the characteristics of the Honda NSF250RW machine that they will use throughout the 2015 campaign.
Bastianini covered 52 laps today, closing the combined classification of the three days in twelfth place with a lap time of 1’46”700. However, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini is not worried about the gap to the fastest rider: Enea worked mainly on race pace without using the soft tyre. His team mate Locatelli (64 laps today) made constant progress over the three days and also today he managed to lower his lap times from yesterday by 0.4 seconds, going down to 1’47”171, 22nd fastest in the combined classification, with a gap of only six tenths of a second from the top ten positions.
ENEA BASTIANINI (12th - 1'46"700)
“We managed to do a lot of work in these three days: some solutions have not proved to be valid, but we still collected some valuable information. The last session today was also positive: I was able to be fast working on race pace and I got my best lap time, 1'46 "700, without soft tyres. In addition, I made some little mistakes. Basically, I know that I could get a better performance, therefore I’m not worried about the gap from the fastest. In general these three days have been very helpful because I could learn more about the bike, which in Valencia seemed very similar to the one I was used to ride in 2014, while here it turned out to be very different to ride”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (22nd - 1'47"171)
“I’m happy because in these tests we made a great effort: we worked well, trying many things looking for the best direction to take for the future. Therefore I would like to thank the team, who helped me so much. Today I managed to improve again a little more my lap times from yesterday, although frankly I expected something more, but I made a few mistakes and in the end the position is not so good. However, the outcome remains positive: we are getting to know the bike and finding what I need to achieve a further improvement. We are all very close and we need to do just a small step to be in a more advanced position. Now we look forward to the next test”.
Rabat and Marquez conclude successful Jerez test
Jerez, Spain – 19 February 2015: Preparations for the 2015 season are back on track for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, following a successful three-day test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
With the weather at Jerez far better suited to testing than at Valencia one week ago, the team’s two World Champions, Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez, took maximum advantage of the almost perfect conditions to complete an extensive test program.
A gearbox problem saw Rabat crash heavily at turn five on the opening day, leaving the reigning Moto2 World Champion with severe bruising on his left arm. Undeterred, the 25-year-old Spaniard continued working to improve feedback from the front of his 2015 Kalex Moto2 machine, eventually ending the test with a best time of 1’42.392 and third position on the timesheet. Rabat declared himself satisfied, especially with his speed and consistency over a full race simulation today.
After three days of dismal weather in Valencia, Marquez was able to get his transition from Moto3 to Moto2 back on track at Jerez. The reigning Moto3 World Champion focussed mainly on reducing his braking distance into slower corners and improving turn in with the heavier Moto2 machine. It is an approach that paid off, with the 18-year-old Spaniard improving his lap time by almost three seconds over the course of the three-days, ending the test 16th on the timesheet.
The conclusion of this test marks the start of a month long break for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Moto2 riders, but they will return to Jerez on 17th March for the third and final preseason test.
Tito Rabat: 3rd – 1’42.392
“The first day we had a problem with back shifting and I had a big crash at turn five as a result, but on the second day we got a lot done with the new bike and found many answers to many questions. Every day we saw an improvement with the bike, especially the turning, and we came to a lot of conclusions about how we move forward so I’m happy with what we achieved here at Jerez. We also saw that a lot of riders are able to run a fast pace, so this year looks like it’s going to be more difficult than last year. But, I will continue in the same way; focussing on my own performance and looking for more improvements.”
Alex Marquez: 16th – 1’43.254
“Here we made a big improvement with my riding style and also with the lap time, but the most important thing is that I have the bike under more control now. I didn’t put together a perfect lap, but I definitely have a better feeling and I'm also more comfortable on the bike, which will be important for the next test. We have more test days before Qatar, so we need to continue working step-by-step, but overall I’m happy with what we’ve achieved here at Jerez this week.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“After the wash out in Valencia the better weather conditions here at Jerez allowed us to get our preseason test plan back on schedule. Tito had a big crash on Tuesday through no fault of his own, but that didn’t stop him being both fast and consistent while working to improve feedback from the front tyre. Alex has made a big step forward with his transition to the Moto2 bike, as the steady improvement in his lap time shows. Overall it’s been a very successful test for the team and we’re now looking forward to an equally successful third and final test here at Jerez next month.”
THREE DAYS OF CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS FOR SIMEON AT JEREZ
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 closed today the official Moto2 test at the Jerez Circuit completing another good day of work: the 25-year-old Belgian rider collected 64 laps aboard his Kalex machine, setting in the forst morning session his best performance, 1’43”043, which puts him in eleventh place in the combined classification of the three days. However, Siméon showed a very steady pace, replicating in the afternoon almost the same lap times and resulting the fifth fastest rider on track in the third and final session today.
Over the three days spent in Spain Siméon collected no less than 214 laps, always growing and improving the feeling with his bike: the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 will be back in action from March 17th to 19th, again at Jerez.
XAVIER SIMEON (11th - 1'43"043)
“I’m satisfied about the valuable information collected in these tests: I have a good feeling on the bike and I can keep a good pace, although of course we have to keep working to close the gap with the fastest riders, because something is still missing. Today I would have liked to go below the 1’43” mark, but we didn’t succeed and I’m a little disappointed for that, but we are only at the first test of the year and we are on the right direction. I’m confident that we can close the gap”.
Red Bull KTM Ajo conclude second Moto3 Official test at Jerez
Karel Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira continue to improve their times at Andalusian track and finish seventh, eleventh and fifteenth, respectively.
02/19/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
Red Bull KTM Ajo continue to make progress in the 2015 preseason, concluding the second Official Test today. With favourable weather conditions once again at Jerez, Karel Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira continued to improve their lap times, finishing seventh, eleventh and fifteenth, respectively, on the combined timesheet for the three days of testing.
Low temperatures at the start of the morning –dropping to 9ºC– made it impossible for the Moto3 riders to begin the final day improving their times. However, as the hours passed and the track temperature rose, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders managed to best their times from yesterday. Binder came out very fast in the second session and, along with his two teammates, smashed his previous best lap times. Binder set his fastest lap of 1:46.607 –seventh– and Oliveira a 1:46.774 –tenth. Hanika lowered his times even further in the final session and closed the three-day test with a time of 1:46.427 –putting him seventh on the combined timesheet.
The next Moto3 Official Test takes place from March 17th to 19th at the same track, in what will be the final days of testing before the first race of the year in Qatar.
#44 Miguel Oliveira
"The truth is that this last day of testing at Jerez has not been as positive as we had expected, but we are still progressing. In the end we were unable to find the optimal setup for going fast. Despite this, we are working at 200% to find the best setup for the bike. I trust in the team, in KTM and the possibilities of the bike, and I am sure that at the next test we will have much better performance. This is what preseason is for; to improve. That is what we are doing with each passing day."
#41 Brad Binder
"Gradually we have managed to improve various aspects of the bike, but we are still feeling a little chatter on fast corners and that has hindered us a little with our lap times. Besides that, I feel very good on the bike and I think we are slowly reaching the level we need. Obviously we will continue to work hard and see where we are when we return to this track. We will try to improve the handling a little to remove the chatter, but it is something that will take us a while."
#98 Karel Hanika
"The three-day test here at Jerez has been quite positive. Today we made big improvements. When the conditions improved these last two days I felt very comfortable on the bike. We have a setup that is well suited to what I need, but we have to find another for when the weather or track conditions are not favourable. For the next test we have to improve the suspension and my riding style a little. If we can do that, then I am sure we will lower our times. I'm still satisfied with the time we set and the consistency that I have shown lap-after-lap."
Back home with a good feeling
RW Racing GP and Livio Loi go back home with a good feeling after the three day test in Jerez. Although a peak result in the final session would have been nice for the records everybody was really satisfied with the results of three days of testing.
Like the days before the team experimented a lot with the settings of the bike, although the Honda NSF250RW is quite perfect and easy to ride by itself.
In the final session Livio Loi went out on soft tyres to set a fast time. He went out with the idea to have a slipstream, but just missed the tail of Niccolo Antonelli. When Loi closed in, Antonelli closed the gas. Loi therefore set his best time of 1.46,737, 13th best overall for the three days, all by himself.
The team now heads back home to finish the final details and get the bike in the right colours for the next and final test in four weeks time.
Livio Loi: “Off course I would have loved to peak with a fast lap, but looking at the analyses sheets, I see a number of consistent fast laps of 1.46 and 1.47. I missed the tow. That’s a pity but it doesn’t really bother me. Looking at where we come from and looking at how things are going now, I’m really, really happy and satisfied.”
Husqvarna Factory Laglisse riders complete Jerez Moto3 tests
Husqvarna Factory Laglisse riders Isaac Vinales and Maria Herrera continued with pre season preparation this week, completing the second round of official IRTA Moto3 Pre-Season Tests at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
The tests, used by teams to refine bike set-ups and fine-tune performances ahead of the start of the 2015 World Championship season got off to a difficult start on the opening day Tuesday with high winds tempering riders’ desires to set fast laps.
The three-day tests nevertheless started positively for Vinales who came away at the end of day one with the fastest lap on the combined sheets, with the Spanish rider recording a 1:46.817 in the final of three sessions. His teammate Maria Herrera, one of only two women riders in the Moto3 paddock was more comfortable on the circuit when the wind dropped in the afternoon as she worked on improving times.
Vinales was hampered on day Two of the tests with a slight injury to a finger after crashing in the first of three sessions. The injury affected his ability to brake and he was unable to improve on Tuesday’s times. Herrera said she felt much more confident and put in a 1:47.376 lap time to equal her best time on the Jerez circuit.
At the end of Day three Vinales was positioned sixteenth fastest to be exactly in the middle of the field of 32 riders and it was his Day One time of 1:46.817 that stood as his best lap. Herrera rounded off her tests at position 26 on the time sheets.
Isaac Viñales: “After yesterday's crash I didn't feel comfortable riding the bike when it came to brake due to the pain in my finger. We tried several settings but we didn't find a solution to adapt the bike to my personal way of riding. It is important to recover from my injury as soon as possible. We have to achieve the feelings we need to be among the fastest riders of Moto3.”
Maria Herrera: “I am really satisfied with these tests since we tried quite a few things with the bike. I’m getting more and more good feelings but still I have a lot to improve. I don't like the way I am braking so we will solve this little by little. It makes me very happy that I could match my best lap time. The work done by the team during these three days has been magnificent.
Team Manager Gelete Nieto: We are satisfied with the work done during these three days of testing, I think that the balance is positive because we could do a lot of laps and try different settings. There are still some tests left before we start the season so we will be able to improve even more, especially the frame of the bike.
Riders have one more round of official tests, also at the Jerez circuit, on March 17-19, to just precede the opening Moto3 GP at the Losail Circuit in Qatar on March 29, a night race that is traditionally run under lights.
Encouraging progress for Schrotter and Cardus at Jerez
Marcel Schrotter got to grips with his 2015 specification Mistral 610 to finish the second test of the year in 13th place in the combined standings, with a best lap time of 1’43.176. The young German spent his time adjusting and getting used to the new chassis, which is exclusively designed and built by the Tech3 Team. With the season opener in Qatar fast approaching, Schrotter made the most of the available track time to complete a phenomenal 215 laps over the three days, with his efforts seeing his best time from Tuesday improved by almost a full second. This left him in 6th in the final session and only half a second separated Schrotter from 3rd. He now confidently awaits the next Moto2 test in Jerez in a month’s time where he will intend to further utilise the new Mistral 610 and continue his climb up the field.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team garage, Ricky Cardus concluded a positive test in Andalucía after making further steps forward with the 2015 version of the Mistral 610. The Spanish rider completed the first day with a 1’45.587 yet dug deep and continued his efforts as he grew accustomed to the new bike. As the temperature increased in the following days, he proceeded to set his fastest time of 1’43.979 on the 4th out of 11 laps in the final session. This equalled a huge improvement of a second and a half from his quickest time on Tuesday in the fierce intermediate class. In addition, he completed a staggering 208 laps around the Jerez circuit, highlighting his determination for the forthcoming season.
Marcel Schrotter - 13th - 1'43.176
"It was a tricky test across all three days for us because the team and I had to learn the new bike which was a bit challenging. We didn’t have the chance to run as much as we wanted in Valencia, due to the weather and here when we began, we didn’t have much direction to go towards. However, we made some good progress by collecting as much information as possible. Today we tried contrasting setups with the bike but none of them gave us a huge advantage initially. However, when we went back out for the final session we reverted back to the setup we used yesterday evening and were able to easily improve again. This was even on used tyres and I managed to go quicker than the whole day. It’s unfortunate at the moment that Ricky and Louis are a bit behind because it would be useful to have more data especially with the new bike. Yet, of course for me, it’s also positive to be in front of them. With the bike setup that we had tonight, I felt really confident and it was the best way to close these three days. So, I’m now looking forward to returning here on the 17th March and I must also give a big thank you to the team who did a great job and worked non-stop between the sessions."
Ricky Cardus – 23rd – 1’43.979
“All in all, it was a bit of a difficult test for me although we had three full days of riding and I completed a lot of laps, which meant that I was able to progress step by step. On the first day, I was a bit lost and it wasn’t such a positive time. However, we turned it around and on day two we improved and then made further advances today. I had a stupid crash that didn’t help matters at all when one of the riders disrupted me on track, so I crashed. I landed on my shoulder which is in a bit of pain, but overall, it’s nothing I am too worried about. I’m still a bit behind my teammate, so of course we need to continue working but I am certain that we will be a lot more competitive and fully prepared when we arrive in Qatar. Marcel has shown that the bike is fast so we just have to improve my feeling as well as riding style and then I am sure I can be where I want to be.”