MotoGP And WSBK Press Releases From The Final Day Of The Jerez Combined Test

Press releases from the MotoGP and World Superbike teams after the final day of testing at Jerez:

The Racing - Ducati Superbike Team positively concludes the final tests of the 2015 season at Jerez

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Friday 27 November 2015 – The Racing - Ducati Superbike Team has concluded the season positively with a three-day test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, where the team was complete once more with Davide Giugliano making his return after a four-month break.

Favourable weather conditions allowed the riders and team to fully exploit the available track time, successfully completing all of the scheduled work and establishing solid bases for next season ahead of the winter break. Davies and Giugliano completed a total of 177 and 169 laps respectively, carrying out various comparative tests and evaluating the latest updates developed for the Ducati Panigale R in its 2016 Superbike configuration.

Both riders provided positive feedback regarding the chassis and engine and appreciated the new electronics strategies. A great deal of work was also done with the new Öhlins forks, which have provided greater stability and riding precision. For Davide Giugliano this was also a first opportunity to meet with his new crew chief Aligi Deganello and electronics engineer Paolo Biasio, working intensely with them both over the three days.

The Racing - Ducati Superbike Team will return to the tracks on 22-23 January at the Portimão circuit in Portugal for the opening tests of the 2016 season.

Comments at the end of testing:

Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7), 1’40.774

“Fortunately the weather has been kind to us this time, so we've been able to carefully evaluate the new components and start work on the setting. Compared to last week at Aragón, we’ve come to some important conclusions. The new materials represent a step forward. The new fork in particular gives a more detailed, direct feedback. Despite the different weather conditions, we were also able to work with the configurations used in the September races, making some very useful comparisons. We concentrated on rhythm, and I was able to maintain a pace in line with my best time made on the race tyre.”

Davide Giugliano ( Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34), 1’41.047

“The outcome is very positive. The Panigale R has improved during my absence and so logically it has also changed. First of all, I wanted to find the automatisms and adapt myself to the bike in its current configuration before starting to work on a base setting. I’ve also met my new team, and it’s definitely exciting to work with people of such calibre. We concentrated on pace, considering that raw speed hasn’t been an issue in the past, carrying out solid work on used tyres. From a physical point of view, it went better than I expected though my arms did suffer a little. Up until now I’ve only been able to do some rehabilitation and training in the pool, but I’ll now start following a more structured training programme in order to be fully fit for the first tests of 2016.”

Pata Yamaha Closes 2015 with Positive Jerez Test

The Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team concluded 2015 winter testing with a positive three days of track action at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain, despite having to complete the final two with a solitary rider.

Sylvain Guintoli took charge of the YZF-R1's testing programme from Thursday morning onwards after Alex Lowes returned to the UK for specialist checks to his shoulder. Following an excellent day's testing showing highly competitive lap times and consistency, the British racer suffered a high-side at turn three late on Wednesday afternoon, dislocating his shoulder and preventing him from taking any further part in proceedings.

With both riders having made good progress on the opening day, Guintoli continued to work through extensive electronics control strategy tests, chassis and rider position settings, maintaining consistent pace and completing 167 laps by the close of Friday. The Frenchman heads into the winter break content with the progress made but eager to return to action in late January for a further four days of development before the team travel to Australia and the start of the 2016 Motul Superbike World Championship a month later.

The Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team would like to thank Guintoli for his hard work over a tough two days, taking on the sole responsibility for all remaining test items, and to wish Lowes a very speedy recovery. The 25 year old is currently awaiting the results of today's scans before commencing his rehabilitation. However, he remains determined to be fighting fit for the New Year.

With no further testing scheduled for 2015, Lowes and Guintoli are now looking forward to the action off-track - meeting their British fans as they visit Birmingham's NEC for Motorcycle Live next week. Both Yamaha riders will be appearing on the manufacture's hall 2 stand from 11:30am on Monday 30th November, with a full day of signings and two trips to the main stage also on the cards.

Sylvain Guintoli

"It has been three much needed and really interesting days here at Jerez. We have experienced a lot of different settings and geometries to try and get a better understanding of the YZF-R1 which was good. We also completed a lot of work with electronics, software and strategies so a lot of time-consuming processes that needed to be done. We have managed to collect a great amount of information and now we need some time to develop parts, so the boys will be busy over this winter but I already can't wait to see the progress made next year! It's a very interesting project, I really enjoyed riding the YZF-R1 around Jerez and I'm looking forward to carrying on the good work and development next year."



Jerez (Spain), 27 November 2015 - The MotoGP tests at Jerez came to a close, three days of hard work for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, as well as test rider Mike Di Meglio. Preparation for the 2016 season for the Italian team is decidedly demanding given the change in both tyre supplier and the electronics while awaiting the début of the new Aprilia prototype.

The riders used the RS-GP machines, continuing their apprenticeship with the new Michelin tyres and the spec electronics package. Proof of all the work done by both mechanics and riders are the myriad laps put in, 135 for Alvaro and 140 for Stefan. Bautista also had an unlucky accident on the last day of testing that forced him to end his sessions early. This was a precautionary measure because of pain that the Spanish rider had in the left side of his neck and shoulder.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

"Our tests on the new tyres and the 2016 electronics package are continuing. We still have a lot of work to do on both fronts but our sensations are good. In this phase it is essential to understand the reactions of the new package to the changes. We need to create an entirely new starting point which will give the riders a good feeling on the bike, trying to get the tyres to work as well as possible. The test schedule went according to plan, but it was a shame that Alvaro had to stop on the last day. We also had Mike Di Meglio collaborating with us on these three days as a test rider which goes hand in hand with the beefing up of the Aprilia Test Team. He is a world champion rider with a lot of experience and we’ll need that considering the hard work we have ahead."


“We finished the last tests of 2015 on a positive note. These three days were important to continue the work we had begun in Valencia, aimed above all at getting to know the Michelin tyres and the new electronics package better. We were able to take the best possible advantage of the time we had available, gathering a great deal of data with Alvaro, Stefan and test rider Mike Di Meglio who rode alongside the two team riders. Now we’ll begin the winter break but that doesn’t mean that we’ll be relaxing. During this period we’ll be working hard at home, gleaning from the experience of all the references we collected during this season in order to prepare as best as possible for the début of the 2016 prototype which will take place in the February tests.”


"It’s a shame I wasn’t able to finish the job today. Unfortunately, after the crash this morning I was feeling pain in my neck and we decided to stop in order to avoid any complications. I was able to go out with the new electronics and I found that it was better than the last test at Valencia. Now I’ll relax after this long season so that I can come back even more pumped up for the 2016 Sepang tests."


"Today we focused on the new electronics and there is really a lot to learn. This is a different kind of work than usual. It may seem boring because of the long breaks but right now that is necessary both to provide information to the engineers and to create a base for the Aprilia Test Team to work from during the winter break. We certainly weren’t concerned with lap times. The feeling still isn’t right to push hard but I’m confident that the work we did over these past days will help us in 2016. Now I’m happy to be able to take a few days of holiday and prepare for the new season as best as possible."

Positive test for Avintia Racing at Jerez

27/11/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP - MotoGP Test Jerez

The Avintia Racing team finished today two positive days of testing at the Jerez circuit. Some weeks ago Hector Barbera and Loris Baz got on their new Ducati Desmosedici GP14.2 and tried the new Michelin tyres for the very first time, and at Jerez they had the chance to test the new electronics that all riders of the MotoGP grid will be using from the 2016 season. For Barbera the test was almost perfect and his feeling with the new French tyres was great, but overall, he was really happy with the step made with the electronics that helps him going in and out of the corners. The Open Class Champion was only half a second slower than the fastest guys at Jerez, and his pace is really good.

It was also an important test for Loris Baz, because for him, the tyres and the electronics are not the only new thing to adapt, Loris also has to get used to the Ducati and his new team. But as his teammate Barbera, he had really consistent pace. In the last day he suffered a minor crash when he was trying to improve his lap times, but fortunately he could walk away with no injuries. Baz left Jerez satisfied after two positive days of testing and he goes on holidays looking forward to come back at Malaysia next February.

HECTOR BARBERA #8 / 1'39.9 @HectorBarbera

We could test a lot of new stuff and we collected useful information for Ducati. Yesterday was hard to find the best set up with the electronics, but in the afternoon we did a step and I had really good pace. Today we made some changes, but they didn’t work and we had to go back, but at the end I was lapping in low 1’40 quite easy, and this is very positive. I could not do the fast lap I would like to, but we didn’t really focus on that as our target was to have a constant rhythm, and we did it. If we had to race tomorrow I think we’ll be very strong. The electronics are better, it’s easier when you open the throttle and also the exhaust valve helps you to stop and turn the bike. It’ soon to speak, but id we look at the pace here, from the best factory bike to ours, there is only 0.5s, so I think everything will be more tigh next season. I’m also very happy with the tyres, I already had good feeling at Valencia, but here in a circuit with different grip I felt even better with the front and the grip with the rear is fantastic. I’m adapting very really well and I think I’m one of the few riders that didn’t crash. I go step by step, without taking risks and that why I didn’t push for a lap today. Now is time to rest and then train hard to get back at Malaysia.

LORIS BAZ #76 / 1'40.2 @lorisbaz

I couldn’t do the fast lap at the end of the day because we had no grip with the new tyre, but overall I’m very happy with these two days of testing at Jerez. The pace is really good and I made my best lap in 1’40.2 with a 16 lap tyre, but the most positive is that I did almost 20 laps in that pace of 40.2, 40.3. So we didn’t do a fast lap as we wanted to, but our rhythm for the race is good. We have to work more with the electronics, today we improved a lot, but I’m not completely comfortable. These test were good to get everything sorted and have a base set up for Sepang. Right now we are more or less at the same level that with the Open Class software, but this have more potential so we have to keep working. I also had the chance to know better my new team and we made a good job during these two days working together. I’m happy because we tested a lot of things and the feeling was great. The winter will be long until February as I’m looking forward to ride my bike again. Now is time to relax, enjoy in the snow and think about next year.

Hernández completes final MotoGP test of 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015 18:01

Yonny Hernández concludes his fifth day with POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team in good form

Today saw the third and final day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez. Conditions were once again favourable for the MotoGP riders, although temperatures were a little cooler and the wind slightly stronger than previous days. It was also the last day of testing of 2015, as the winter ban comes into place from December 1st and will only be lifted in February of 2016. Plenty of work was undertaken in Southern Spain, and the signs are that the uniform electornics unit brought in by the MotoGP series organisers -and the introduction of a new tyre manufacturer- is establishing parity between riders. Most riders set very similar times in this week's test, although there is still a long road ahead until work is resumed at Sepang in early February.

Yonny Hernández has spent just five days with the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team, but has made a positive start to his association with the team. The Colombian rider feels at home in the outfit, and made continuous improvements over the course of this three day test. Focusing firmly on the new electronics unit which will be mandatory for all riders in 2016, Hernández put in many laps and made many modifications in order to better understand the bike and tyres. On Friday he matched his times from the previous day, most importantly setting a consistent and steady pace. Now he will return home, rest up and prepare well for his return to action next February.

Yonny Hernández: “Today we worked a lot with the electronics setup again, focusing on traction control. We increased the power as the day went on and I am liking it more and more. That led me to be improving my lap times progressively. The aim was to work hard, learn and find the limit of the tyres, but above all we had to be cautious and avoid crashes. I felt very comfortable with new tyres today. The feeling has been fantastic over these past three days, so I leave Jerez with a good taste in my mouth. I am looking forward to continuing working in Malaysia, but we will have to wait a little while for that.”

Honda WSBK enters winter break after successful test at Jerez

The Honda World Superbike Team completed a three-day test at Circuito de Jerez today in readiness for the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship. This was the last outing of the year for the Dutch-based outfit before the start of the testing ban, which will mean the WorldSBK teams have to stop their track activities until mid January.

Nicky Hayden made the most of the warm and sunny conditions to continue his familiarisation with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. The 34-year-old put in a remarkable total of 250 laps around the 4.423km (2.748 mile) Spanish track over the course of the three days as he worked tirelessly with the team on various aspects of the bike. The 34-year-old American evaluated new swingarms and tried different geometries, gearing, front fork and rear damper settings. In the afternoon of t he final day, Hayden got a successful first taste of Pirelli’s qualifying tyres, clocking in with a 1’40.193 lap time.

2014 World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark had to pull out from the test after the first day of action due to pain in his right forearm. Initial medical examinations performed at the Stuivenberg Hospital in Antwerp, Belgium, by Dr Geert Peersman, reported an overstressed muscle, with the presence of fluid, which was aggravated by the cold conditions encountered in MotorLand Aragón early last week. The 23-year-old Dutchman has received an initial treatment and will now take a week of complete rest before a further evaluation of his condition takes place.

Nicky Hayden

“We really must be thankful for the weather because, apart from temperatures a bit chilly in the morning, we had really great weather for three days; we needed it after missing so much time at MotorLand Aragon. We worked a lot in pretty much every area, because it’s still early days. We tested a lot of things and the team worked extremely hard over the three days changing wheelbase, gearing and more. They did a huge amount of work. Overall we take some positives out of this test. I had great fun on the qualifying tyre today and I was told my time would have been enough to be on pole position here two months ago. It’s clear that everybody has made a big step forward already so we still have a lot of work to do. But I’m happy and looking forward to everything, let’s see if we can keep going this way.”

Michael van der Mark

“I’m very disappointed that I could not make the most of this test, as the severe pain in my right forearm didn’t allow me to continue riding. It’s a shame because this was a great chance for us to keep working on the bike before the winter break, especially given the perfect weather conditions we encountered. We still need a week to fully understand what we need to do but it looks like it’s a small issue that can be solved quite quickly. There is nothing I can do now, I just need to wait and be ready for January.”

Pieter Breddels - technical manager

“Despite Michael not being able to ride in the last two days, it has been overall a very productive test. With Nicky everything went smooth, we did a lot of laps and went through a lot of things. I think we’ve made a good step forward. Today we tried some qualifying tyres and the lap-time Nicky was able to set is promising. All the big teams were testing here so this has been a good benchmark for us and we’re very happy with how it went. We can now enter the winter break in a positive mood and we will keep working hard in order to be ready for the next test in January, when we will try new items and especially a new engine upgrade, which will soon be available to us.”

Ducati Team riders on track at Jerez for final test of the year

Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso were out on track on Friday at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain for the final test of the year before the traditional two-month ban comes into force. Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro, who lapped on Wednesday and Thursday, handed over the Desmosedici bikes to the two regular team riders who began testing shortly after midday.

The work mainly revolved around adapting the GP15 to the new Michelin tyres and perfecting the unified software that has been introduced for next season, as well as some modifications to the Desmosedici’s balance in view of 2016.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29), 1’39.6: “The test went well, because we always managed to improve our times on every exit and this is an important aspect. We worked on the bike set-up with the new tyres and I am pleased that we managed to adapt well. I can confirm what I said at Valencia: I like the way the Michelin tyres behave and I have a good feeling, so it has been a positive day. We never used a new tyre to set fast times, I did my best time of 1’39.6 on my final run with a tyre that had already done 26 laps.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04), 1’39.7: "The balance is very positive, especially if we compare it to the tests we did after Valencia. Ducati have done a lot of work in these three days. We made steps forward with the balance of the bike and, more importantly, we found a precise direction for development over the next two months. Of course there is still room for improvement from the point of view of the management of the tyres and the electronics, but we gathered a lot of positive feedback to enable us to prepare for the first tests of 2016 in the best possible way.”

These three days of testing at Jerez bring an end to the Ducati Team’s track activities this season. The next time that the riders go out on track will be from 1 to 3 February 2016 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia at the IRTA tests.

Repsol Honda Team conclude final test in Jerez

The final three day test of the year has ended in Jerez, Spain, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa collecting valuable information for the HRC technicians to return to Japan with to analyse.

Both riders spent the majority of this test on the 2016 specification bike and Magneti Marelli software, and on this final day both Marc and Dani carried out a final comparison between the 2015 and 2016 engines with the new software. Marc had two crashes on this concluding day – a high side in turn three and lost the front in turn one – thankfully avoiding injury and completed a total of 67 laps with his best time of 1’39.17. Dani did a total of 77 laps with his fastest time of 1’39.93.

This has been an important test in order to prepare for the 2016 in the best way possible. There is now a testing ban through December and January and the next time the riders will be on track is in Sepang at the beginning of February.

Marc Marquez

1’39.17 67 laps

"Today I had two crashes; One big high side in turn three, I entered the corner on the gas with consistent power but suddenly the rear wheel became very aggressive and it launched me, luckily I was ok. The second one happened whilst I was doing an engine comparison as you must be on the limit to get the best feedback and the brake point with the Michelin tyres can sometimes be unpredictable. Anyway, we had a good three days and got a lot of information which we will now give to HRC, my feeling is that we have a little more potential with the new engine compared to the old one, but we’re still not at the level I’d like. I know Honda will work hard over the Winter to improve everything for Sepang. I’d like to thank all the team for their hard work during the test and this year, now it’s time for some time off!"

Dani Pedrosa

1’39.93 77 laps

"Today we did many laps as the temperature was a little warmer so we started earlier and finished later. We managed a lot of runs testing some things where I was losing the way. It’s still not clear about the engine as we’re having some issues and we’re not sure if it’s due to the engine or the Magneti Marelli electronics. In any case, we must work with these electronics so we have to find the best compromise and in this moment we have a lot of information but it’s not apparent which is a better fit. We did two long runs with each to have a better comparison, but I need to speak more with the technicians about this to determine a direction. It’s been a busy year, and I’d like to thank everyone at Honda for their support, now it’s time for a break!"

Pre Break Tests Complete At Record Pace For Kawasaki Riders

After four post-season winter tests the entire Kawasaki Racing Team have learned much about their all-new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R machines, particularly the riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. They left a four-day test session at Jerez in Spain as the top two riders on the time sheets, in addition to demonstrating the strongest pace on race tyres.

With four days on track this past week at the 4.423km long Jerez circuit, including a rest day on Wednesday, both Sykes and Rea exploited their ‘Winter Test Four’ opportunities to the maximum on the new Ninja, despite Rea missing out on some track time today after a fall that damaged his bike in the early afternoon.

Using a qualifying rear tyre to get a feel for the new Kawasaki on the same rubber the riders will use for Superpole qualifying in 2016, Sykes set a best lap of the tests today with a 1’39.313. This was well under his own best lap set at the 2015 Jerez race, of 1’40.292.

Rea was also running at a very high tempo when he tried a qualifying tyre, setting a 1’39.524 lap, in addition to a 1’40.1 best on race tyres. His race pace, like that of Sykes, was class leading in a test attended my most of their top rivals at some stage.

Sykes and Rea had pushed their machines to the limit at this test in late November, given the dry and relatively warm track conditions on each and every day. Each bounced back from falls at certain times as they tried new and sometimes experimental settings at their maximum potential. Each completed the tests in good physical condition and with positive feelings about their new machine and its possibilities for the 2016 season.

Winter Test Four is the last of the 2015 calendar year but the team will return to Spain for more track time on the all-new Ninja ZX-10R in January, after the end of the test ban period. After those sessions they should be at full readiness for the first round of the new season in Australia on February 28th, which will be preceded by the usual official organisers’ test at the host circuit of Phillip Island.

Tom Sykes stated: “We did a great time on a race tyre and also on a qualifying tyre. We have been fast on both of those over this week, so I am happy with that, but the big picture was working for race distance. Even this afternoon the track felt in bad condition compared to Monday and Tuesday, yet we have still improved our performance on used tyres. We still set some good lap times even after 22 laps. This was the most rewarding thing for me because this is something we have struggled with this year. If we can keep working in this way, with this mentality for the tests in January, then this is all we can ask for. It has been great so a real big credit to the mechanics because we had a few offs at the beginning of the week and they had to work hard. With the amount of changes they have made to the settings they have not stopped. Thanks to Marcel and Danilo for doing a good test plan and giving me what we need.”

Jonathan Rea stated: “All in all I am really happy because we have done lots of race simulations and tests already in November, which for me is unheard of. We used a Q tyre today, which was really good. It opened my eyes a little bit to where we can improve the set-up of our new bike a bit further. For the rest, pretty much until yesterday, we had finalised the main items to test. So today went back to a front set-up and confirmed some things with that. Everything was going OK and I was making runs on race tyres. I’m sure I could improve my lap time today, but I’m really happy with the job. The bike seems to be working already as a good base and I am happy to finish the test healthy and enjoy the break until we resume again in January.”

Marcel Duinker, Tom Sykes’ Crew Chief, stated: “Tom had two very little crashes on Monday and a little bit bigger one on Tuesday but that is part of the job. Really, it has been a very good test because we have done all the items over short and long distance. We have made three race simulations over the three days and every time we did one the pace was better. We have done 345 laps over these four days. We tested a qualifying tyre today and we had a very good result with that. He feels the bike well over one lap but more than well over race distance. We have achieved out goals and we can enter our six week break with a happy face and concentrate then on the first January test.”

Pere Riba, Jonathan Rea’s Crew Chief, stated: “The 2016 bike is a positive step because it is much faster. We have to keep working and understanding the bike, but we are really happy. Johnny crashed two times over the test pushing the limits of the bike and we understand very well. It is good to have this chance now than in the season. We have already made some race simulations and we used one qualifier to understand where we are with those tyres. With that we did a 1’39.5 on that and with a race tyre we did a 1’40.1. We have collected a lot of information and now we will study and understand it all for the next tests.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “We finish today as the last one on track for the 2015 season. It is not the last day of the 2016 Winter Tests as we will continue in 26th and 27th of January in Jerez again. We improved the areas we needed to focus on, comparing with last year's performance, and we succeeded. The new base roadgoing model Ninja ZX-10R is really a big step forward. Johnny and Tom made, of course, a fantastic job. They even worked too to find the limits of the bike, to understand the areas they cannot cross into on a race weekend. I’m sure with all the information we got from these days everybody will work hard to prepare the items we need to start the 2016 season in Australia. The overall idea in the next tests will be to confirm all the inputs and data to set the performance for race one in Australia. Thanks again to Kawasaki, ELF, Motocard, Monster, Akrapovic, Bubel, MRA - and all the sponsors, suppliers, fans and everybody who is pushing us every weekend to improve our performance. And the very last thanks to Tom and Johnny for their pure spirit to push the limits every lap corner and every lap they ride with the KRT Ninja ZX-10R WorldSBK bike. See you in 2016.”

Redding, Petrucci, Guidotti and Romagnoli talk about Jerez Test

Jerez tests mark the end of the 2015 activity for OCTO Pramac Racing who can enjoy the winter break with the certainty of having done a great job both in terms of “welcoming” Scott Redding and approaching the new Ducati Desmosedici GP.

The two days of work in Jerez saw Danilo Petrucci (64 laps completed today, 43 in the first day) and Scott Redding (50 and 54) setting interesting laptimes while working to become familiar not only with the new bike but with the Michelin tires and the new electronics package.

Scott went out this morning with a new set of tires lapping in 1'38.9 just two tenths of a second slower then the fastest time recorded by Jorge Lorenzo in the last Grand Prix in Jerez. Petrux managed to mantain a very consistent race pace recording a quickest lap time of 1'39.2 with used tires.

Scott Redding - OCTO Pramac Racing Team # 45

We did very well in these two days as we were able to lower the laptime by more than a second. The feeling grows run after run and also with the tires things are going well. I feel I have a lot of confidence with the bike. We worked on the weight distribution finding a good pace. I am very satisfied with these tests and I look forward to going to Malaysia.

Danilo Petrucci - OCTO Pramac Racing Team # 9

Two days very positive. I was fine with the tires and the new software. Maybe I missed something in the fast lap but the race pace is very good. The conditions were more favorable compared to the race but I have been lapping very quick and this makes me happy. I thank the team who did a great job during these two days and throughout the season. The feeling with the bike has improved a lot. I go on vacation happy.

Giacomo Guidotti - Crew chief OCTO Pramac Racing # 45

The Jerez test was much more productive than that of Valencia where we put the bases by introducing the new electronic and beginning to discover the tires. These days have been very intense in terms of set-up and we are very happy because Scott was very quick this morning with the new set of tires. We're going home with a lot of data and information to work with and with a lot of confidence.

Daniele Romagnoli - Crew chief OCTO Pramac Racing # 9

A positive test as we managed to complete the work that we had planned, trying to gain confidence with the tires and with the new bike. We got a good set-up on which we will start to work again in the next test at Sepang. The bright spot was lapping in a fairly consistent pace even with the use tires as we didn't manage to do often in the 2015 season.

Eugene Laverty successfully undergoes left arm operation with Dr. Xavier Mir

Friday, 27 November 2015 18:58

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider undergoes 1.5 hour operation, will be discharged today and will need four to six weeks to complete recovery process

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Eugene Laverty underwent surgery on Friday morning to treat an injury to his left arm -suffered in a crash at the final test of 2015 in Jerez on Thursday. The Northern Irishman was diagnosed with a distal fracture of the left radius, a contusion to his head and a dislocated right shoulder by the hospital where he was taken in Jerez, with further injuries being discovered upon his transfer to Barcelona. Early on Friday morning, Laverty travelled from Seville to Barcelona, where he was examined at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus by renowned surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir.

A 3D scan at the facility discovered further damage. In addition to the metaphyseal fracture of the distal radius with avulsion of the left ulnar styloid, Laverty was also diagnosed with a small fracture of the first thoracic vertebra, and a fracture of the coracoid aphophysis in his right shoulder. Both the shoulder and vertebra can be treated with rest, although a surgical procedure was required for his left arm.

The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider entered the operating theatre at around 3pm, undergoing an operation that lasted ninety minutes. Dr. Xavier Mir and his medical team performed an open reduction of the fracture and fixed it with a titanium plate. He is likely to leave the medical centre this evening. In the first week of recovery, rigid immobilization of his wrist will be required, and following this the first stages of recovery will be carried out. In the second week, the stitches will be removed and a further X-ray taken to confirm the success of the operation. From then on, Laverty will start the rehabilitation process and will need four to six weeks to recover from all the fractures caused by yesterday's crash in Jerez.


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