Press releases from some of the Moto3 teams involved in the post-race test at Jerez:
LEOPARD RACING SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES JEREZ TEST
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent and Hiroki Ono successfully concluded a one-day Moto3 test in Jerez today, whilst team mate Efren Vazquez missed this opportunity due to healthy issues.
After a brilliant race from Danny Kent last Sunday, that saw him take his third win in a row this season, the Leopard Racing team returned to the Circuito de Jerez for an unofficial test today. Kent and Hiroki Ono spent the extra track time usefully and were able to gather positive insights as the main target was to test new tyres brought by the official supplier of the series, Dunlop.
Still elated from his stunning victory, Kent had every reason to smile after a busy Tuesday under a sunny and bright sky in Andalusia. He and his crew got several confirmations in terms of bike settings but also a tyre test with new types and compounds went successfully.
For Hiroki Ono it was somewhat of a ride through the pain barrier after his nasty crash during Sunday’s Moto3 Gran Premio de Espana. The young Japanese rider and his crew therefore just focussed on tyre testing.
Meanwhile Efren Vazquez already left Andalusia early Sunday afternoon in order to undergo medical checks and treatment in his home town in northern Spain.
The FIM Moto3™ Wolrd Championship continues in shortly more than a week with the Grand Prix of France in Le Mans, round five of this year’s series.
#52 Danny KENT:
"It was an important test for us today, because we were able to confirm a view things in terms of the bike’s setting which we wanted to try and sort out since time. But you know for such tests there is less time during a race weekend. Well, we confirmed what we have and use is good, but we also tried and sorted out some further stuff for the future. Anyway, this test was mainly scheduled for tyre testing which was also a success as we got a new front and rear. The main thing for this that we have a very good feeling for the front as well for the new option of the rear slick. This is good for our mind because we start to use them already in the next races. In general it was an ever positive test so we can look forward to Le Mans with confidence."
#76 Hiroki ONO:
"Honestly speaking it was a tough job for me today because I still feel a lot of pain in my right shoulder after my crash last Sunday. In particular the left hand corners were the most difficult challenge to master. However, it was important to jump on the bike and continue working on track straight after this nasty fall, even the lap times were not as good. Our plan was to try and test many different things but due to my condition we just focussed on tyre testing which was ok in the end as we gained valuable results with it."
Positive day of testing for Red Bull KTM Ajo at Jerez
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder take advantage of day at Jerez Circuit to test new setups for KTM and take an important step forward.
05/05/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
After taking their best results of the season so far with their first podiums of the year on Sunday, Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder lengthened their stay at Jerez through Tuesday for an intense day of testing. A good day's work was used to develop the KTM for the coming races. Their Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate, Karel Hanika, missed the day after returning home for surgery on his right hand.
At Jerez, Oliveira and Binder completed more than 60 laps on Tuesday. This track time served to make important and very positive improvements for the coming races. Although it was not the main objective of the day, both the Portuguese and South African riders were able to ride very fast, feel very comfortable on their bikes, enhance their feeling on the fast corners and confirm a big step forward taken with the setup of the KTM.
Satisfied with the weekend at Jerez and this day of testing, Binder and Oliviera will not ride their bikes again until Friday May 15th, when the fifth event of the year -the French Grand Prix- begins.
Meanwhile, Karel Hanika traveled to his home country on Sunday after suffering two big crashes at the Spanish Grand Prix, undergoing further medical examination. The Czech rider will be operated on tomorrow to treat a scaphoid problem in his right hand.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"The test has been very positive. We've been trying different settings that have mainly given us more stability on the fast corners, which we liked a lot. It was a very rewarding day for us. We have also set very fast lap times, so I’m very happy with how everything went. After the preseason with such bad weather, it is nice to enjoy a day like today. We have drawn very good conclusions."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today was a really, really good day for us. From early in the morning we went out willing to work hard, because KTM had brought us many settings to try. Most have been very positive! I have a feeling that we have improved the bike a lot today. My pace was very good, matching the pace in the race but riding alone. I'm very happy with how the day has gone and I'm sure all the work today will help us at Le Mans."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"Today was a very important day of testing for us because, as I have said many times, our bike is still under development as it is completely new for this year. As we saw at the Grand Prix, the bike is evolving race after race. Big thanks to KTM, who are always helping with our work with the bike.
Today was really, really positive day. We've drawn good conclusions and our riders were able to set very quick lap times, riding faster than the pole position time from the weekend -although that was not the main objective of the day.
This test gives us great confidence for the future."
PRODUCTIVE DAY OF SET-UP TESTING FOR BASTIANINI AND LOCATELLI AT JEREZ
After last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 remained at Jerez de la Frontera to carry out today an important day of testing: Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli made the most of good weather conditions working hard on their bikes’ set-up, with the aim of deepen the knowledge of their Honda NSF250RW machines. A job that has proved fruitful and that will serve as a basis when the team will be back on track in ten days for the first free practice for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
The only inconvenience was a fall for Andrea Locatelli in the morning, caused by the synthetic grass on the track which was still wet after rain. However, the 18-year-old rider from Selvino was able to continue testing, completing much of the work he had planned.
ENEA BASTIANINI (54 laps)
“It was a positive day of testing: at first I struggled a bit at the beginning to find the right set-up, but after performing various tests, we found the right direction. The thing that pleases me most is that I felt immediately the changes to the bike: this is good ahead of the next Grand Prix, because lately we have often spent too much time to find the right set-up at the beginning of the race weekend. Towards the end of the day I was able to be fast and to maintain a good pace, so now we look forward to Le Mans confident that we can be fast from the first practice”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (40 laps)
“The fall in the morning slowed down a bit our program, but we still managed to complete most of the work we had planned; in particular, we tried various changes to the gearbox and also new tyres that we will have from the next Grand Prix, reaching a good feeling. We studied in depth some aspects that were not yet entirely clear, so we will arrive at Le Mans with a lot more information that will certainly be useful both to me and to the team. We look forward to the French challenge with optimism”.
“Today we completed a very important day of testing, sharing a lot of work between our two riders and collecting valuable data which will definitely be useful for the rest of the season: we wanted to do it, because during the winter bad weather often halted our work on the bike. We tried many things in every area of the bike, from chassis to engine and suspensions set-up and now we can say we know it more deeply. This is confirmed by the good lap times set at the end of the day by Enea and also by the positive feelings reached by Locatelli, who despite a fall in the morning was able to continue testing and complete a good job”.
Productive day of testing for Quartararo and Navarro at Jerez
After a day off following the Spanish Grand Prix, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 work on different chassis configurations in a testing session at hot Circuito de Jerez.
Winter testing, held during the months of February and March, was characterised by bad weather that prevented Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 from completing their planned workload. Today, the team led by Emilio Alzamora used an in-season test to further advance their work with a Honda machine that has already proven to be very successful. Today’s work focused on two main areas: Testing different chassis setups and improvements in the behaviour of the chassis, suspension and swingarm.
Due to high temperatures, track conditions were not ideal. Adding to the problems, Jorge Navarro suffered a crash –from which he escaped uninjured- midway through the test. He was, however, able to continue with his work plan. At the end of the day, when the Spaniard was riding at the limit to take full advantage of the new setup for his bike, he suffered another crash. Nevertheless, Navarro concluded the test very satisfied with the work done.
Looking ahead to the next round at Le Mans, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 have gained valuable information for the setups of both bikes, which will be back on track for the French Grand Prix on May 15th, 16th and 17th.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
1:46.460, 98 laps, 433 km
"We tested different setups for the race at Le Mans that worked very well".
"It's been a day that has required great physical effort, since we put in more than ninety laps. We tested different setups for the race at Le Mans that worked very well. Little by little we are improving our feeling with the bike, We now know better where the limits are and the possibilities of improvement with the setup. The whole team have worked very intensively today; We have tried everything that we were unable to test in preseason, although the track conditions were not the best. It was very hot and towards the end there were some strong gusts of wind."
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
1:46.402, 98 laps, 433 km
"We have found a good base with which I felt very comfortable."
"It was a very positive day because we were able to work hard on the bike, in order to improve the feeling that we had experienced so far with it. The plan today was to work on the setup; this morning we went out with the race setup and saw that the conditions were similar to during the Grand Prix, so we focused on working on the chassis. The truth is that we have made the most of this test, trying different settings for the forks, shock absorbers, variations in the height of the swingarm and more. We have found a good base, with which I felt very comfortable. That gave me the confidence to ride on the limit and I think that my excessive desire to do a good job was what saw me make some mistakes. The team did a great job and I want to thank them for their great effort today."