Press releases from Suzuki Ecstar and Estrella Galicia Marc VDS ahead of this weekend's MotoGP test at Qatar:
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR READY FOR QATAR PRE-SEASON TEST
Team Suzuki Press Office – March 12.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is ready for the final pre-season test at Losail in Qatar that begins this weekend as the team prepares for the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP™ Championship at the end of the month.
Team riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales are both eager to test the GSX-RR at Losail in order to evaluate their machines under new and different track conditions. The recent test at Sepang in Malaysia provided encouraging results, due to the effective set-ups tested and also the improved electronics.
The Qatar test will be an important appointment because it will be the first appearance of the new GSX-RR livery in a MotoGP™ official event, with the ECSTAR logo prominently displayed on the bike fairings and rider leathers.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
“We were all looking forward for this final test in Qatar. It will be very close to the race therefore we will face real race conditions and see how our bikes and riders can improve further. In Malaysia we had pretty encouraging results: both riders are happy with the bikes and we had positive improvements in set-ups and electronics. In Losail we will test the final version of the software, which will be used in early races, and we will work mainly to get ready for opening GP of Qatar. Since we are a young team we don’t have many previous data to rely on, so this is the chance for us to gather information that we will use in the race at the end of the month.”
“I can’t wait to get rolling in Qatar. We have been testing the GSX-RR only in Malaysia and I’m very curious to see how it behaves on other circuits. We will work hard to get ready for the race, we will probably test some long runs with the main objective of finding the best set-up and as much data as we can. In Sepang I tried some new fairings and we will probably get some more evolutions on this, as well as consolidating the huge job we made on the traction control, which has already given good results. I’ve trained a lot during last past few days, my knee is not 100% fit yet, but I’m very eager to test my bike on this track because I like it very much.”
“I like the Losail circuit, I have won and got some podiums so I’m curious to test my MotoGP machine and compare it to my previous experiences. I’m still learning how to manage the GSX-RR and how to help my engineers to tailor it to my needs, but I feel that both the bike and I are improving very quickly. In Qatar we will work to find a good set-up for the race, which is the most important thing since we don’t have any reference. The electronics have been greatly improved at Sepang and we can rely on this, moving forward to find a good set-up and be competitive on a single lap as well as the overall pace.”
Qatar beckons for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Gosselies, Belgium – 12 March 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS and Scott Redding head to Qatar this week for the final MotoGP preseason test of 2015, which gets underway on Saturday 14th March under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit.
Redding made significant progress during the two earlier tests in Sepang, but is keen to take advantage of the consistent track conditions in Qatar, a track he likes and one at which he has gone well in both junior classes in the past, to unlock more of the secrets to a fast lap aboard the factory Honda RC213V.
The 22-year-old Briton is confident that he can further close the gap to the front runners during the final preseason test in Qatar, before returning to the Losail International Circuit for the first race of the 2015 season, which takes place on the last weekend in March.
“The track conditions were a limiting factor in Sepang, because they changed as the temperature rose throughout the day. It meant that it was difficult to judge progress from the lap time, because the track conditions were actually the biggest variable, not the set up or my riding style. In Qatar the situation will be different, with fairly consistent track conditions across the day – or night, as we’ll be testing under floodlights – so the lap time will show clearly whether changes to set up or my riding style have had a positive or negative effect. Qatar is a very different track to Sepang, so we know we’ll have to make some changes to the set up, which gives Chris Pike, my Chief Mechanic, the chance to learn a bit more about the bike. From my side I still need to work a bit on my riding style if I’m going to get the most from the bike. I’m looking forward to the test and I’m not too concerned about lap times, as I’m confident that they will come.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott still needs time on the factory Honda RC213V to get a better feel for the bike, but he also needs consistent track conditions to properly assess whether changes bring an improvement or not. This was missing in Sepang, where the window for a fast lap was very narrow and the track changed significantly as the temperature went up. Qatar will be much better as the track conditions won’t change so much over the course of each day. Equally as important, Scott won’t have to ride in the gruelling heat and humidity that is such a feature of the Sepang tests while also trying to understand better the bike. I’m confident that at this test we’ll see him close the gap to his more experienced factory rivals, with the goal being to close to within a second of the fastest time.”