Press releases issued after the private test held at Jerez last week:
2016 PREPARATIONS FINALLY BEGIN FOR SAM LOWES IN SUNNY JEREZ
The long winter break is officially over: Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 were finally back on track today at Jerez de la Frontera for the the first of two days of private testing on the Andalusian circuit. The 25-year-old British rider was back in the saddle of his 2016 Kalex Moto2 machine, kicking off the preparations ahead of the opening round of the 2016 Moto2 campaign, the Qatar Grand Prix scheduled for March 20.
Originally planned on February 18 and 19, the two-day test has been postponed due to bad weather: therefore Lowes was able to go out on track only today, a day in which finally he was able to take advantage of good weather conditions, putting in 93 laps and setting a lap time of 1’42”901. After regaining the pace in the early laps, the Brit worked together with the team mainly on suspension setting, an area on which he will also focus tomorrow.
SAM LOWES (1'42"901 - 93 laps)
“It’s been an incredibly positive first day of testing: I took the rhythm very quickly and having been immediately fast we could start working on the bike in a very profitable way. I’m very happy because the whole team, as always, had a very professional approach and a good attitude, so everything came easy. Coming from a long winter break I spent the first part of the day to get to speed, then we worked on the rear of the bike, mainly looking for grip. Finally, we focused on the suspensions, trying new parts provided by Ohlins that allowed us to make a good step. We have already found a good direction to follow with regard to the suspension setting, and tomorrow we will continue to work on this area”.
POSITIVE DEBUT FOR THE FORWARD RACING TEAM AT JEREZ
The three-day test at Jerez de la Frontera closes with positive feelings for Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini.
The two riders had to cope with an unfavorable weather and they preferred to wait for Saturday to try the Andalusian track and test the new Kalex 2016.
Baldassarri did 43 laps and immediately felt at ease with the new chassis posting a time of 1:43.362 which earned him the third position on the timesheet.
Marini, debutting with Forward, went on track with great enthusiasm as soon as possible and focused on finding the right feeling with the new bike. After 34 laps he managed to record a personal best of 1: 44.885 which earned him seventh place.
The two riders of the VR46 Academy will be on track next week, again at Jerez, hoping for a better weather, in order to get as much feedback as possible for the beginning of the season.
“I felt immediately at ease with the new Kalex, both the front and the back are easy to ride. I did not focus much on the lap time but I felt immediately that I can push more easily with this bike. It’s a shame we couldn’t go on the track before but we'll be back next week, I think we can really do a good job with the team”.
“I'm delighted to finally get on track with this bike, I would like to thank the team and Giovanni who immediately made me feel at home. I had an instant positive feedback with the new chassis, in a few laps I was able to approach the time I posted last year. We even started to try different setup and I think we are moving in the right direction, I cannot wait for Tuesday to start over”.
SAM LOWES WRAPS UP JEREZ TEST WITH GOOD SENSATIONS
The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 completed today a two-day private test at Jerez de la Frontera: the first outing of 2016 was extremely positive for Sam Lowes, who was able to work hard on the set-up of his Kalex moto2 machine together with his technicians, focusing primarily on Ohlins suspension.
The results were good also with regard to the lap times, with the 25-year-old British rider who put on display a really good pace, closing the test with a best time of 1’42”681. Today Sam completed nearly a hundred laps, including a positive long run of about twenty laps.
The team will be back in action for the IRTA test scheduled from March 2nd to 4th, again at the Jerez circuit.
SAM LOWES (1'42"681 - 97 laps)
“Another great day! We managed to try many things on the bike and also new suspension parts. What it makes us optimistic is that in the two days of testing we worked on different areas, but everything always gave good results, so now we just need to try to put all together in order to take another step forward ahead of Qatar. Today we focused in particular on the front fork, but we also worked on the rear to improve grip, something that we will continue to work on also in the next test: the fact that it will be held on the same track, always here in Jerez, will allow us to do make precise comparisons. At the end of the day we could improve more, trying to make a flying lap, but at this time there is no need to push. We are fast on the distance and that's what matters: I completed a long run of 20 laps and my last lap was the best one. This means that we are very consistent, and that the bike allows me to be very fast also in the final stages of a race”.
“I’m pleased with the result of this first test of the year: both yesterday and today the team was able to work hard on the bike along with Lowes, who has always maintained a good pace. Sam is very happy with the behaviour of his Kales and of the Ohlins suspension and the very fast pace that has managed to show over a lot of laps further confirms that he’s feeling at ease. Today in the final stages we could have improved further, trying to make a fast lap, but it’s not our focus right now: we just want to work well ahead of the first race. A very positive start of the year!”.
Álex Márquez injured in testing crash at Jerez
Gosselies, Belgium – 21 February 2016: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider, Álex Márquez, sustained a fracture to his left triquetrum – one of the eight small carpal bones in the wrist - after crashing heavily at Sito Pons corner while testing at Jerez yesterday.
Following the crash Márquez returned to Barcelona, where he was admitted to the
Hospital University Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona for further examination and treatment.
This morning the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider underwent surgery, with surgeons under the direction of Doctor Xavier Mir successfully inserting a titanium screw to stabilise the fracture using keyhole surgery techniques.
Doctors at the Hospital University Quirón Dexeus will monitor Márquez’s recovery and rehabilitation over the next seven days, after which a decision will made as to when the former Moto3 World Champion will be fit enough to resume testing.