Press releases from some of the Moto2 teams after the two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Positive growth for the Athinà Forward Racing team at Aragon
It has been two positive days of work for the Athinà Forward Racing team busy on the track of Aragon, in Spain, for the private test organized by the team of Moto2 and Moto3 after the Spanish Grand Prix.
Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri could make the most of the two-days test on the track of MotorLand, they continued the development of the bike and improve the performance of their Kalex. Both were able to test the new material brought by Ohlins and have focused on tuning the suspensions to have the best possible feeling with the tires.
Corsi got very positive feedback, especially on the rear and he is flying to Le Mans with the aim of repeating the result of Jerez and shorten the gap with the leaders. His teammate Baldassari is satisfied with the work done on the Spanish track and he found the balance he was looking for on the front and will arrive on French soil convinced he can approach the Top10.
"It has been two days of very intense work. After many tests on the wet, this time the weather helped us and we were able to do several laps. We took the opportunity to try the new Ohlins material focusing on the improvement of the rear without thinking about the lap-time. I am satisfied, we managed to improve the setup of the bike and we are flying to Le Mans convinced we can make another step forward. "
"I am satisfied with the road taken in this test. They were two very positive days of work and we were able to try several new solutions. I got more confidence on the front and this will be one important weapon for the race at Le Mans. I’m fully prepared for the trip to the French: the goal is to be able to stay consistently in the Top10. "
MATTIA PASINI TO RACE WITH TEAM GRESINI MOTO2 AT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Mattia Pasini will take part to the Moto2 Italian Grand Prix, scheduled for next May 31st at Mugello, with Team Gresini Moto2, riding a Kalex. For the Italian rider, who will start the race as a Wild Card, this opportunity represents the return to a category in which he participated in 60 Grands Prix from 2010 to 2014.
To prepare the Italian race, Pasini today concluded positively two days of testing at Motorland Aragon, where he could get acquainted with the bike that he will use at Mugello, immediately putting in good lap times. Pasini’s crew chief in the garage will be well-experienced Mauro Noccioli.
During his career, Mattia Pasini won 10 Grands Prix (8 in 125cc and two in 250cc) and also raced in MotoGP, taking part to 14 races in the 2012 season riding a CRT class ART machine.
“Coming back on track in these two days of testing was fantastic, it was like coming back home after a long time! Actually I felt as if I had never stopped riding: I was able to be immediately fast yesterday morning, at the beginning of the first day of testing, while in the afternoon a small crash prevented me from improving my performance. Also today in the second and final day of testing we made a good job, despite a small problem slowed us down in the morning, when the track was in the best condition. However, in the afternoon we continued our work and we remained among the fastest riders, therefore I’m very pleased with how it went, and with the behaviour of the bike. I’m happy to return at Mugello, my home Grand Prix, where I have already won twice in the past. In addition I will be with a team with which I have always wanted to race, so I hope that this opportunity will be the beginning of a new era for me in Moto2! Of course we must be realistic: it won’t be easy. The other riders took part at all the previous races and made all the winter testing, while I stopped for some time. Nevertheless, I start this new adventure with great optimism, confident that I can do well”.
“I’m pleased to race again in Moto2 with an Italian rider and especially I’m happy to offer this opportunity to Pasini, which I think is one of the most talented riders: we have been talking about it for a while and finally we could realize our desire, racing together in the Italian Grand Prix. I’m convinced that Mattia can do well: Mugello is a track where he has already won in the past, both in the 125 and 250cc class and certainly this is a great opportunity for him to show his potential. In preparation for this race we had two days of testing at Aragon, where Mattia immediately marked good lap times, proving that in this period of inactivity he has been training hard in order to be ready for his return”.
SIMEON ENDS MOTORLAND ARAGON TEST AMONG THE FASTEST
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 leave Spain satisfied after completing a successful two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit: the 25-year-old Belgian rider has been working hard with the team trying some new suspension solutions from Ohlins, putting in many kilometers and scoring good lap times, always among the fastest riders on track.
The team was able to confirm the excellent level of competitiveness shown in the first four races of the season, also making some progress ahead of the forthcoming race, the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
“They have been two very positive days of testing, in which we were able to verify the performance of some new suspension solutions from Ohlins. We’ve been fast and consistent during the whole test: after the race in Jerez it was important to confirm on this track our level of competitiveness and we did it; our target was also to make a few more small step forward, to get to Le Mans even more confident, and I think that we can be satisfied also from this point of view”.
Successful Aragon test for Rabat and Márquez
Aragon, Spain – 7 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders, Tito Rabat and Álex Márquez, will now enjoy a well earned rest ahead of the French Grand Prix, after completing a successful two-day test at Motorland Aragon this afternoon.
Both riders used the perfect testing conditions to work through an extensive evaluation schedule, working with their respective crews to further refine the set up of their 2015 Kalex Moto2 machines.
Rabat tested different chassis and suspension options, going almost half a second under the lap record during his final runs in the afternoon of the second day. The reigning Moto2 World Champion now heads to the next race in France confident he can fight for his first race win of the season.
Márquez and his crew also worked their way through a long list of chassis and suspension changes, as the reigning Moto3 World Champion continued his adaptation to Moto2. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider declared himself happy with the progress made during the test, after confirming the set up changes made to the bike ahead of the Jerez race.
Tito Rabat: 1’52.9
“We did a lot of work during these two days, all of it positive, so I’m happy. We tested changes to the chassis, the suspension and pretty much everything else, and we were fast, which is always good. But there is still work to do, so we need to focus on this, keep working hard and keep pushing. I head to Le Mans more confident after this test. It’s a track I like and, although you never know what the weather will do, I feel that now we can fight at the front again.”
Álex Márquez: 1’54.2
“These two days were so positive for us because we managed to confirm many of the changes we made last weekend in Jerez. We now have a much clearer idea of exactly where we are with the bike and with the new parts we tested here in Aragon this week. I also made improvements to my riding style, particularly under braking and on corner exit, so it’s been a very worthwhile test. Now we head to Le Mans, a track I like, and I am confident we can continue to improve.