Press release previews of the Sepang MotoGP test from Avintia Ducati and Repsol Honda:
Repsol Honda Team ready to start the first pre-season test session in Sepang
The first official test of 2016 will start tomorrow at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit where Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are looking forward to getting back in action on their RC213V after two months of test ban.
Waiting for them in the Repsol Honda Team garage there are two bikes equipped with two different engine specs: the one they used in the last test at Jerez and an evolution spec.
HRC test riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Takumi Takahashi have spent the past two days performing several preliminary tests with the new RC213V prototype that will be now faced by the official riders over the coming three days.
“We’re just one day before the start of pre-season testing. Of course now the regulations are completely new, with Michelin tyres and the common software, so there are many things to test. First though, Marc and Dani must find their rhythms after two months with no riding.
Here both riders have two bikes equipped with two different engine specs, the one they already tried at Jerez in November and an evolution. We’ll carry out a comparison between the two and of course we’ll work also on chassis, electronics and tyres. We hope that after three days we’ll be able to see the direction of the bike development, which will help us in the tests at Phillip Island and Qatar. For the last two days, we’ve been testing with our test riders Aoyama and Takahashi. The track conditions are far from perfect, but even so we’ve found some good directions. The things that worked will be given to our official riders, Marc and Dani, and we hope that they too will find that we’ve gone in a good direction”.
Avintia starts the season at Malaysia
29/02/16 Avintia Racing MotoGP – Official Test Sepang
Avintia Racing team is on its way to Malaysia to start the 2016 winter test. Hector Barbera and Loris Baz are looking forward to ride their Ducati Demosedici GP14.2 during the three days test at Sepang International Circuit.
The 2015 Open Class Champion, Hector Barbera, has been training hard during the winter break combining some dirt-track sessions with track days at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit riding a Ducati Panigale. The Spanish rider heads to Malaysia with high motivation after his fast lap times the last time out at Jerez test, and he hopes to be closer to the Factory bikes.
Loris Baz also trained riding bikes, but he chose the ice and the snow instead of the dirt and asphalt. The French rider is looking forward to test at Sepang where he’ll have some new parts to fit better with his Desmosedici, and he wants to improve he’s feeling with the bike and the new Michelin tyres.
At Sepang all the riders of the grid will use the control ECU and unified software that is mandatory from this year. Another news at this test will be the live video coverage that will be available from Monday on the official MotoGP website at www.motogp.com.
HÉCTOR BARBERÁ #8 / @HectorBarbera
It was a long winter, but also nice as I trained more than ever to get ready for the new season. I’m at my best physically and with more experience. I did several test on the dirt in flat-tracks, I rode with my Panigale at Valencia, I did a lot of cycling and also trained on the mountains at Andorra, so I head to Malasia at 100%. I left the last test at Jerez with high motivation and I didn’t disconnected since the season ended at Valencia. But when you enjoy your training it becomes a life style and you need to work everyday. I want to say thank you to my friend Fran, Valencia Circuit, Ducati and a big, big thank you to my team; my Team Manager Bocha and my Crew Chief Jarno, have been training with me almost everyday. The team is 100% motivated and myself even more. On Monday we start again at Sepang and finally we’ll get on the bikes for the first test of the season and everybody with the same electronics and tyres.
LORIS BAZ #76 / @lorisbaz
I’m looking forward to jump on my bike at Sepang. It was a fantastic winter as I live in the mountains and I was able to enjoy with my family and friends enjoying the snow. I trained hard with my snowbike, quad and I also did some ice races that were incredibly fun. I worked everyday at the gym and physically I feel prepared to start the winter testing at Malaysia and see how much my riding position has improved from the last test at Jerez, but also I’m curious to see where we are compared to our rivals in such a complete and technical circuit, so we would be able to figure out our goals for this season. It will be interesting with everybody using the same electronics and I think that we can be closer.