2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Test Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the final preseason test at Qatar:


LOSAIL TEST ENDS WITH ALL INSIDE THE TOP 15

Quartararo, Mir and Locatelli leave the final test pleased with the results they achieved and look towards the race.

The final day of official testing at the Losail International Circuit, where the first race of what is set to be a dramatic 2016 season will take place, concluded for the lightweight class, ending their three-day test. The Leopard Racing team finished in a positive way, obtaining data and information that will be very useful as they hunt for victory throughout the year.

Once more the three riders took to the track only for the second and third sessions, the first of the day too hot to gather any data with the sun still high in the sky.

Fabio Quartararo, who had contested the top three with a third and second place finish on the first two days, dedicated himself to working on the suspension and electrical settings of his KTM RC250 GP. The Frenchman was the first rider in the third and final session to go under the track record set by his countryman Alexis Masbou in 2014. With a best time of 2’05.717, the 16 year old from nice concluded day three, the test overall, in third.

Joan Mir, who yesterday burst into the top five of the Moto3 class, continued to study all 5.4 kilometres of the Losail International Circuit. The rookie from the FIM CEV Repsol worked on rear suspension before launching into a time-attack in the third session. The rider from Palma de Mallorca was able to get back inside the top ten with a time of 2’06.292 as he ended the test in ninth overall.

The same strategy followed for Italian Andrea Locatelli, who worked a lot on his setting and rhythm before trying new tyres. With 39 laps completed, Locatelli ended the day inside the top 15 thanks to a 2’06.466 and just a second back on the fastest rider of the day.

There will now be three days of well-deserved rest for the Leopard Racing team before they unleash themselves on the Qatar circuit for FP1 on Thursday afternoon for the first Grand Prix of 2016.

#20 Fabio QUARTARARO - 3rd (2:05.717):

“It was a good day for us and we have used several new tyres. In the end, while I was on my lap to try and surpass Antonelli’s best time I fell at Turn 5, I opened the gas too early and I was thrown to the ground with a highside. It was a heavy fall but without any damage, I have not lost confidence with the bike, I am actually quite satisfied and ready for the race. My team did a great job and now I just have to give it gas!”

#36 Joan MIR - 9th (2:06.256):

“I am not satisfied as I did not find the ideal situation. Fabio helped me and we worked together to pull each other in the slipstream but when it was his turn to go in front he fell and I lost a good lap. Too bad because we have a good base and we could have done a better time but I am confident because I know I have a good pace with used tyres. If the time didn’t come today with the new tyre it will come on Saturday when it matters!”

#55 Andrea LOCATELLI - 15th (2:06.466):

“I am pleased with the progress made over the past two days. This has given me a lot of courage and motivation and the feeling with the bike is better. Compared to yesterday I tried to do a long run, but the temperature was still high and I could not push as hard as I wanted and there was traffic on track. We still managed to shave some time from yesterday, which is good.”


LAST DAY OF TESTING FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM IN DOHA

Seven days to the first race of the season - the last test ends today for the Italian team. Fenati 8th, Bulega 6th and Migno 21st

It closes with a positive balance the last session of the pre season test for the Sky Racing Team VR46 in Doha. The young Italian trio did a great job in these three days and two of the three riders are in the Top 10 of the standings.

Romano Fenati strugged due to the chattering and was not able to improve his lap time today. With the 2.06.256 of yesterday he is 8th in the overall classification. Difficult day for Andrea Migno who closed the test with a best of 2.06.917 that earned him the 21st place. Despite some electrical problems that forced him in to the pits, the feeling remains positive for Nicolò Bulega. The young rookie reached a good 2.05.816 and took the 6th position in the combined.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

Finally comes the time to get back on track for the race. We closed a very positive pre-season with an important growth for the whole team. We're still not at 100% fit, but the level is very good and we are ready to make the final step forward.

ROMANO FENATI - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46

BEST TIME > 2.06.256

It was a pretty good day, but I have not completely solved the problem of chattering and I could not improve my lap time. I still have to adjust something, but I'm confident. I have to stay focused on the race, I'm looking forward to back on track for the FP1.

ANDREA MIGNO - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46

BEST TIME > 2.06.917

I am not completely happy with this test, we had a strong start on the first day, but I struggled to repeat my best yesterday and also today. The feeling with the bike overall is good and I’m motivated to find the right way before the first practice.

NICOLÒ BULEGA - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46

BEST TIME > 2.05.816

Unfortunately an electrical problem forced me in to the garage for much of the second session, but when I back on track in the last round of this evening I recorded a great lap time. To be the first test on this track, I went beyond expectations and I'm really satisfied. Day by day I have improved my lap time and I am confident for the race.


Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 close preseason in Qatar with Navarro fourth and Canet seventh

Jorge Navarro and Estrella Galicia 0,0 newcomer Aron Canet are both satisfied after working with their respective technical teams over the three days of official testing held at the Qatari circuit.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders were on track in the second session of the day, which started at 6pm local time – 4pm in Spain - with Jorge Navarro improving on his his best time of 2’06.175, which made him the fastest rider on the first day of testing in Qatar, stopping the clock at 2’06.011. He would then improve on that time again in the last session of the day and the last of the 2016 preseason. Navarro, with six minutes to go in the session, went under the 2’06 barrier to notch a 2’05.784 lap, putting him fourth on the combined timesheet and fourth overall in the three day test.

Teammate Aron Canet, seventh, made progress in the top ten with a best time of 2’06.252 registered during the third session of the day.

Next Thursday, April 17th, will see the start of the Grand Prix of Qatar with the first Moto3 free practice, which will take place at 2pm Spanish time.

Jorge Navarro

4th, 2:05.784, 42 laps, 227 Km

"The balance of these three days and the entire preseason is very good"

"On this last day of testing we focused on riding with different compounds and finalising the front and rear set-up. Riding alone and without needing to slipstream, I found a good pace so the balance of these three days and the entire preseason is very positive. We came with a good base from 2015, but the goal was to try to improve it. We tested at three different circuits during the preseason, we were able to complete the scheduled work plan and we have gathered the information we needed, so we are very satisfied. I think we're ready to get going!"

Aaron Canet

7th, 2:06.252, 40 laps, 216 Km

"Finishing in the top ten is a surprise, considering my preseason started later than the other riders"

"It's been three days of very productive testing and I am happy because we have adapted very well to this circuit. Finishing in the top ten is a surprise, considering my preseason started later than the other riders. I can’t wait to start the championship and the first race. During the three days of testing, and in general throughout the preseason, we have been working slowly and today we focused mainly on the pace. At the end of the last run, I went down at turn six because I went a little offline and when I tried to correct the error, the front end closed and I couldn’t avoid the fall; though luckily I was unhurt. I finished the preseason with a good feeling because, in addition to the results, I have worked very comfortably with the whole team. "


Baldassarri promising fifth and Marini improves at the end of Qatar testing

The curtain falls on the last test before the start of the 2016 season for Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini of the Forward Racing team. Good feeling for both riders who continued yesterday’s work at the Losail circuit.

Baldassarri, again the first of the Italians, closed with an excellent fifth place in the combined standings, stopping the clock at 1: 59.770 just three-tenths behind the leader Sam Lowes.

Marini focused on trying different solutions on the back and on the front; he made a race simulation and had an overall good feeling ahead of the first GP of the season. He ended the three-days in 24th position with a personal best of 2:01.293.

Lorenzo Baldassarri

"It was a positive three-day testing, we finally made the step we needed and we improved a lot in the last session. I did some short runs to try different solution on the rear and at the end we made a choice that helped me improve a lot once we changed the tires".

Luca Marini

"I'm pretty happy with this three-day test, everything went as planned. Today we tried to work some more on the bike and on the setting. In the second practice round I did a race simulation and it went well, but I got tired and in the third round I did not improve my time much. We already have a good basis for the next week and I feel confident".


QATAR NIGHT TEST DRAWS TO A CLOSE FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3

The 2016 pre-season is officially over for Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers Enea Bastianini and Fabio Giannantonio, who faced today the last of three days of night testing at the Losail International Circuit.

Bastianini completed 31 laps, setting a lap time of 2’06”389 at the end of the evening: the 18-year-old rider from Rimini focused his work on his bike set up, in particular to try to improve the front end behavior of his Honda machine. Even if he had not the chance to put in a fast lap with the soft tyre, Enea said he was satisfied with his performance in terms of race pace.

After a complicated evening yesterday, rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio got good results today, improving himself by over a second and finding a good feeling with the bike ahead of the race weekend, which will start in the evening of Thursday, March 16 with the first two free practice sessions. The 17-year-old from Rome completed 31 laps, the best one in 2’07”162.

ENEA BASTIANINI (13th - 2'06"389)

“We closed the test quite well and I’m happy because we managed to solve some set up problems that had emerged on this track: we reduced the movements of the front end, therefore I was able to take more confidence, step by step. Unfortunately, when I put the soft tyre I didn’t had the chance to get a fast lap, so in the end we lacked on this area, but we can be satisfied about race pace and we can say that we are ready for the start of the season!”.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (25th - 2'07"162)

“I’m very happy because today, like it happened in the first day, I always improved myself: the worked making small steps, without major changes to the bike to avoid taking the wrong direction. Doing so, at the end of the evening I could even push a little more getting good lap times, so I’m satisfied. Now we look forward to the race weekend: we’ll try to start on the right foot, right from the first free practice session”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“We closed the test with Bastianini not so close to the top, but we are not worried and I’m convinced that at the right time Enea will be in the game. During the test he worked well with the team and today he would surely have been able to achieve a better performance, if a problem occurred when he mounted the soft tire had prevented him to do so. Enea is calm and relaxed and this is the important thing, so now we are just waiting to race. I’m also happy for Di Giannantonio, who today completed very positive runs, with good lap times: Fabio is learning and his team is helping him to grow”.


Livio Loi feels stronger than ever

Livio Loi and RW Racing GP concluded the three days test in Qatar in second overall. The Dutch team and its Belgian rider look back on three excellent days with near perfect results and look forward to the start of the 2016 season in just a few days’ time at the same circuit full of confidence.

Only in the last moments of the final session Livio Loi lost his leading position in the rankings, but his fastest ever lap of 2.05,661 was still faster than the lap record he set on Saturday. Again Loi was in the top of the timing sheets all the time, just like the two days before when he finished in second and first.

“I have never before felt so strong,” Loi said. “I’ve set the fastest laps on my own, without being bothered by anyone. Knowing that I can do it by myself, gives a lot of faith. I feel very confident for the Grand Prix. I’m proud of the team and the team is proud of me. The pace is there, the rhythm is there, the feeling is great. It couldn’t have been better, except for those two tenths of a second maybe.”

“Both Livio and the team have done a great job,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen beamed. “The results have been very consistent and stable. It hasn’t been just one or two peaks, every session was good. Along the days the pressure got higher, but Livio has shown great mental strength. Even after a small crash in the second session today. There was no stress, no doubt: he immediately picked up the rhythm again and ran some fast laps right away. He has grown a lot stronger, also mentally. I’m really proud.”

In the final session of the test the team send Loi out on fresh soft tyres on which he ran really fast lap times immediately. “But maybe we went out just a little bit too early,” Janssen explained. “At the end of the session the tyres were worn out and Antonelli was able to be just a little bit faster, while Livio had the feeling he could have squeezed out an even faster lap. On the other hand: it’s good to know there is still something left.”

“Naturally the expectations for the Grand Prix are growing now,” Janssen realized. “But we have to stay realistic. Our goal remains to improve on last year and be in the top 10 on a structural basis. It is tempting, but too early to adjust the goals.”

“There is always pressure of expectations,” Loi knows. “But I don’t feel more pressure after these results, only more confidence. But I can hardly wait till Thursday to get on the bike again. It’s just three days, but that can be a long time when you are waiting and eager to race. I’ll spend the time with training, enjoying the sun, hanging around with my friend Bo Bendsneyder and preparing for the race.”


SAM LOWES TOPS THE TIME SHEETS AT THE END OF QATAR TEST

Sam Lowes put the seal today to an excellent pre-season, closing at the top the last day of official night testing at the Losail International Circuit: aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine the 25-year-old English rider set the time of 1’59”405, beating the circuit record, which already belongs to him in 1’59”423.

Lowes wrapped up in the best possible way three days of extremely positive tests, in which he has always been fast and consistent. The whole team then looks with great confidence to the first Grand Prix of the 2016 season, scheduled in just one week always at the Losail International Circuit.

SAM LOWES (1st - 1'59"405)

“I’m really happy because it’s been another really good day! We actually tried more things today on the bike than in all the other days, so it was really interesting, because we had to find a good direction and I think that we have already done the big part of the work. We are ready and I’m feeling happy, so I can’t wait for the race weekend, for sure it’s going to be a good race! We will keep working in free practice and in Qualifying, then finally we will see how it goes!”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“I’m happy because we did a fantastic job during all the test: regardless of the fastest time, the team focused a lot on race pace, getting excellent results also on this front. I wish to thank all the guys of the team for the great effort that they are putting in, Sam who is showing a great determination and also Kalex, Ohlins and all our partners who are believing in our project and with their help enable us to give Sam a very competitive bike”.


Red Bull KTM Ajo ready for first race of 2016

2016 preseason concludes in Qatar with Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder fifth and fourteenth, respectively, on the three-day testing timesheets.

03/13/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

After one and a half months of preseason action, the Losail International Circuit hosted the final test of 2016 this weekend. The final day saw Red Bull KTM Ajo riders Brad Binder -with 37 laps- and Bo Bendsneyder -36 laps- finish fine-tuning the setups for their KTM bikes, improving their times for the third consecutive day and placing fifth and thirteenth for the night. In the overall standings for the three days, the South African was again fifth, whilst his rookie teammate was fourteenth.

The opportunity to start the evening's proceedings was not one taken by many of the Moto3 riders, as the conditions were not favourable in the first session and most elected to stay in the garage. That was the case for the Red Bull KTM Ajo pair, who did go out in the second session with the intention of making up for lost time. Binder headed the timesheet with his first 2:05 lap, and Bendsneyder went seventh by improving on his Saturday best time. However, all of these times were bested in the final hour of the test. With a 2:05.805 lap, Binder was just 3 tenths off the top lap of the night, whilst Bendsneyder placed thirteenth with a 2:06.400.

After the Official Test in Qatar and previous trips to Valencia and Jerez, Red Bull KTM Ajo have concluded their preseason preparations for 2016. The duo are now ready to go in the season opener, which will be held next weekend at the Losail International Circuit.

Brad Binder,

"Today was a very good day. In the first session we decided not to go out due to the track conditions, as we would not have been able to go fast. After that, we made some changes between the second and third sessions that helped me feel very good with the bike. Tonight I improved my time from the initial run with race tyres, so that is an aspect for which we can be happy. Now we have to focus on the start of the World Championship."

Bo Bendsneyder,

"These three days have gone very well. The first day was perfect to learn the circuit and the second day we were able to focus on playing around with the setup of the bike -thinking about race. Today, to end this test, we had a good day. We have improved our times and the pace was also faster than the previous days. We have to keep working because we have the potential to do even better, but I'm already looking forward to the race."

Aki Ajo,

"These were three very positive days. We have achieved good results at the circuit where we have the first race. We are working very well and consistently. This is good preparation for the race. We are happy with the times that both riders have set, even though that is not the most important thing right now. We have not only been working on the lap time but also consistency. I am very happy with the improvement of Brad [Binder] from last year and his way of working. Last year he was not so strong in testing, but this year he is showing that he is more professional and he is calmer -which is important for the season. As I said before, I also like the attitude of Bo [Bendsneyder], who is a young rider with little experience but who stays calm all the time and tries to learn. These two aspects are very important for a young rider and he is doing well."


Productive test in Qatar for the RBA Racing Team riders

13.03.2016

Losail, Qatar

The circuit of Losail welcomed the last test of the preseason for the Moto3 class. The riders took the chance to work mostly in the evening and night sessions, in order to finalise their bike settings for the first GP of 2016, which will take place next Sunday 20 March at the Qatari track.

Juanfran Guevara and his technicians, after considering different set-up options in the first two days, focused on long runs on the third day, in order to verify the tyres durability. The Spanish youngster ended the test with the 12th time (2:06.310), less than one second off the best lap time of the three days.

This was a productive test for Rodrigo, too: after tuning up the setting of his KTM, the Argentinian worked his way up in the classification. Gabriel set his best lap in the last session, finishing with the 16th position (2:06.468) in the general standings.

#58 Juanfran Guevara: 12th - 2:06.310

“ The end of these three days of test was positive. We found a good direction to work and now I like the bike. We achieved a good base to work on and from there we can sort out a few minor details. During the last day we also managed to do a race simulation, in order to verify the performance of the tyres for next week. The conclusion was positive, we know where we have to improve and next week we’ll focus on getting better at what’s still missing. We set a good time which puts us in the top-15 of the classification. The team worked hard, this was the most productive test of the preseason. Now we are ready to start the Championship. Since we finished with similar lap times, Gabri and I will have the chance to keep working together. We look forwards to next week.”

#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 16th - 2:06.468

“The test started off well on the first day, but afterwards we had some issues with the front of the bike. During today’s sessions we decided to change various things, but I wasn’t comfortable with the setting just yet. On top of that, when we fit a new tyre I had a crash. Eventually in the last session we managed to sort some changes that improved a lot the feeling: we were one second faster and we did a good lap, which put us about one second off the best time. I’m happy, I think that for the GP it’ll be important to qualify well, in order to fight with the front group.”


Márquez and Morbidelli ready to get the season started in Qatar

Losail, Qatar – 13 March 2016: Álex Márquez and Franco Morbidelli are both ready to get the 2016 Moto2 season underway, after a positive three-day test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

For both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders the Qatar test provided an ideal opportunity to work on refining the set up of their Kalex Moto2 machines ahead of the opening race of the season, which gets underway with two free practice sessions for the intermediate class on Thursday 17th March.

Márquez used the Qatar test to continue the work on suspension settings he started during the previous test in Jerez. The 19-year-old Spaniard managed to improve his feeling with the bike over the course of the three days, before posting his fastest lap in today’s final session to finish in ninth position and less than a second off the fastest time.

One place further back in tenth, also under a second off the fastest time, was his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Morbidelli, who also made significant progress during the test. Increasing confidence in both the bike and tyres saw the 21-year-old Italian improve his lap time by almost half a second over the course of the three days, but he was disappointed not to improve further after errors cost him time in the final session this evening.

The two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders will continue their training in Qatar over the next few days, before returning to the Losail International Circuit on Thursday to get the 2016 season off to what both hope will be a flying start.

Álex Márquez: 9th – 2’00.129

“The three days here in Qatar have been really positive for me. We’ve done a lot of work and we made a step forward each day, ending with my fastest lap of the test in the final session today. I have a good feeling with the bike and the rhythm was also good, but we still have some work to do to find that last little bit we’re missing. There was a little bit of pain from the wrist here, but I expect it to be much better when we return here for the race. I feel comfortable, I feel relaxed and I can’t wait to get the 2016 season started now.”

Franco Morbidelli: 10th – 2’00.234

“Overall it’s been a good test for us here in Qatar. The focus was very much on refining the set up of the bike and we worked well, making significant progress and improving the lap time each day. My pace was good, but I’m still missing something when it comes to throwing down the one-off fast lap that is so important for qualifying. I was pushing hard to improve my time during the final session, but I wasn’t able to put together a quicker lap. This is something we need to work on some more when we return on Thursday for free practice.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“It’s been a positive three days here in Qatar, although I’d have obviously preferred both riders to have finished a little higher up the order today. Álex found some more pace today, which was definitely reflected in his lap time during the final session. It was a boost to his confidence and that will be important when we return for the race. Franco also saw steady improvements in his lap time over the course of the three days as his confidence in the bike and tyres increased. In the final session he was pushing hard for a faster time, maybe too hard because he lost time to a couple of errors. This is definitely something we need to address ahead of qualifying on Saturday, as a decent grid position is critical to a good race result in Moto2. Overall, I’m satisfied with what both riders achieved here and now I’m looking forward to getting the season started!”


Johann Zarco finds the way in Qatar

Reigning Moto2 World Champion sets his best lap time in Qatar on final day of preseason.

03/13/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

The 2016 preseason came to an end this Sunday at the Losail International Circuit. For the third consecutive day, Johann Zarco was able to improve his feeling with his bike, his fastest lap and his pace, to feel well prepared for the first race of the year. The Ajo Motorsport rider lapped below 2:00 for the first time, and his best contribution of a 1:59.979 earned him eighth position for Sunday. In the combined timesheet for the three days, he was also eighth.

The Frenchman was keen not to miss a single minute of the last day of preseason testing. Today, Zarco completed a total of 61 laps, more than on any of the previous two days. A time of 2:00.822 in the first hour was the prelude to his best time of the test, set in the second session. His 1:59.979 lap earned him fourth in session, on a day in which he was much happier with his pace than with his fastest lap. In the final hour, the Ajo Motorsport rider was just 3 tenths off his fastest time.

After the final three days of testing in Qatar, Johann Zarco and Ajo Motorsport turn their attention to the buildup to the Qatar GP, which opens the 2016 season next weekend. The event, which runs from March 24th to 27th, begins the Frenchman's defence of his Moto2 title.

Johann Zarco,

"This third day was positive. My time in the last session was not very good, but overall we have improved over previous days and we are ready for the first race next week. That is the most important thing. I know I have to improve my riding style with this new bike to find the last 5 tenths that will allow me to fight with the first group. Now it's time to rest and get ready for next week. The positive thing is that we have found the way to go."

Aki Ajo,

"It's been a positive test for our Moto2 team. At Jerez it was not easy but now we feel we have taken a step forward, we have begun to understand the new bike and Johann [Zarco] has regained a feeling of tranquility on the bike. We are very pleased to have had three days of testing here in order to improve our feeling and regain confidence ahead of the first race."


KENT & OLIVEIRA SATISFIED ON EVE OF FIRST RACE

The Leopard Racing team’s effort during the three-day official IRTA test conclude with positive results for both their Moto2 riders.

Today saw the end of testing for riders in the Moto2 World Championship, the three day event offering a brief preview of what the inaugural race of 2016 may hold in one week’s time at the same track. This will see Leopard Racing compete in the Moto2 class for the first time, after a month and a half of multiple tests, both riders and technicians have learned a lot about the Kalex and are ready to go.

The Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent, missed the first session of the day as he wished to save his energy for the first race and waited to head out in the second session when temperatures were cooler. The Brit focused on suspension and finished the session in seventh. Kent’s best time of the test, a 2’00.260, saw him end 11th on combined times.

Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira, now fully recovered from his right hand injury sustained during private testing in Jerez, used the final day to search for the perfect chassis setting on his Kalex. With 31 laps to him name and best time of 2’00.899, Oliveira ended 21st overall.

#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA - 21st (2:00.899):

“Overall the weekend went well. We made some adjustments with the setup to understand what direction to go in. In addition, I feel more confident when communicating with the mechanics when telling them what needs to be changed. Finally, today I had a very steady pace and I was always close to my fastest lap. When you compare this to last year’s lap time this would have let me inside the top ten. We must think positive: we still have three days of practice before my first race in Moto2.”

#52 Danny KENT - 11th (2:00.260):

“For me it has been a very successful three days of testing. Me, my team and my crew chief we’ve learned a lot and I feel we’ve made another step and ever closer again. Still there are a few bits I need to work on personally with my riding style, which, you know, I know I need to change my riding style to go faster but step-by-step we’re getting closer to the front. We’re only half a second off the top five and lap times at the moment are really quick so I think me and the team are doing a really good job. I’m happy with how we’re all working and now we have a couple of days break, time to sit down and relax a little while analysing our data before coming back for the first race of 2016. Start again on Friday and try to make that next step while working on myself.”


Vierge and Viñales ready for 2016 season after solid Qatar test

The Tech3 Racing Team riders confidently await the highly anticipated season opener after concluding a positive test today at the Losail International Circuit.

Xavi Vierge continued his impressive pre season work and ended the final test outing before the start of the season with positive results after a tireless performance. The young Spaniard set his fastest lap in the final session, which was an improvement of 1.366 seconds from his quickest time on the opening day. Meanwhile, Isaac Viñales pushed on as he determinedly carried on the preparation for his rookie season in the intermediate class. After a solid effort the Spaniard managed to cut over a second from his best time from the opening session. The hard work by Vierge and Viñales leaves both riders fired up and confident for the first round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship.

Xavi Vierge

Position : 19th - Time : 2'00.685 – Laps : 155

“Today we finally completed the last day of the pre season and overall, I am very happy with what we achieved and now I’m ready to go racing. We managed to improve in every session and we constantly made steps forward plus, we did a lot of work that saw us consistently get closer to the front. This test was a great opportunity for me to learn this new track too. We achieved our programme with the KYB suspension, which is very important and we have a good base setup for the GP. Next week the season begins and we will continue to push every minute in order to develop my bike, the suspension and my riding style more. Our mentality will stay the same throughout the year so I want and I will do more, plus I feel that we can have some strong results in 2016. I must say thank you to the Tech3 Racing Team and KYB for their great work over the winter and now I am excited about racing in a few days’ time.”

Isaac Viñales

Position : 28th - Time : 2'02.105 – Laps : 113

“The testing is finally over and it’s time to hit the track soon, which I am looking forward to. The first day of testing here was positive for me and we worked on my riding style without changing the bike. I was able to improve in every session and I rode some lap times that were satisfied and also promising for the following days. Then, unfortunately, I fell twice which is part of the game, but these falls knocked my confidence a bit. However, I am pleased with our progress and what we managed to achieve in the winter so I will bounce back and then give my all in a weeks’ time at the opening race.”


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