Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the test at Jerez:
Red Bull KTM Ajo shine in first Official Test of 2019
Brad Binder sets the best time at Jerez, with Jorge Martin inside the Top 10.
02/22/2019 - Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders started 2019 in top form this week, completing five successful days of testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto -the last three corresponded to the first Official Test of the year for the intermediate class. Brad Binder made daily improvement at the Andalusian track and clocked the best overall time of the Official Test. Rookie teammate Jorge Martin took another step forward with his adaptation to Moto2, placing tenth overall.
Favourable weather conditions allowed Red Bull KTM Ajo to round off a productive week in style. The continued development of the new KTM Moto2 bike and the team's hard work was reflected on the timesheets on Friday, with Binder occupying the top spot in two of the three sessions. The 2016 Moto3 World Champion was the fastest rider in the combined standings for the day, with a 1:40.982 lap almost two seconds quicker than his best at Jerez in November. He ran a total of 54 laps on the third day of the Official Test.
Martin gained further experience with a race simulation, part of the 43 laps he put in on Friday. The Spaniard, who has fully recovered from the injury he suffered in November, went ninth for the day with a 1:41.385 -tenth overall.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders have another preseason test on March 1st-3rd in Qatar, where they will make their final preparations for 2019.
Aki Ajo - Team manger
"We are very happy with how these five days in Jerez have gone. The results obtained in the first test back in November were not as we had hoped. However this time around, after a lot of changes and the work done by KTM, there has been great progress made. We are ready for the season, we have a great pace and, above all, we are consistent. All of our riders have proven that they are fast -not only over a single lap but also in terms of setting a good race pace. Of course, the first race of the season will be in Qatar and we still have to do a test there, so we'll see what shape we are in when we get there. Right now we feel very happy after the Official Test in Jerez."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I'm very happy in general with these five days here at Jerez; the team have worked extremely well. I have the feeling that we have taken steps forward constantly. Today we found what we had been looking for since we arrived here on Monday, so I am more than satisfied. I want to thank the team, KTM and everyone for the big effort they have done, especially during the winter break. I feel much more prepared for the Qatar test than I would ever have imagined at the end of last year; I take my hat off to the whole team. Overall it has been a great week, we have been able to complete some long runs and I feel very good."
88 JORGE MARTIN
"Today has been very positive, and we leave Jerez with the test having gone very well. I am very optimistic ahead of Qatar, because it was a really complete practice in which I was able to put in a very fast lap and then, in the race simulation, I also felt very comfortable. Even though I had a crash on my fifth lap, I still managed to maintain a great pace. For a first race simulation, I'm delighted; little by little I'm learning about the class and I'm getting closer to the top riders. Every day I have been improving and cutting the gap. I have great confidence with the KTM and I hope to continue along this line/in this direction at the beginning of the season."
LOWES UP TO SPEED AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
The three-day test at Jerez de la Frontera has drawn to a close, with Sam Lowes and the Federal Oil Gresini Racing Team on great form in what has been the last preseason test on European oil. It will be all about Qatar tomorrow as the final test before the season opener will take place at the Losail Internatioanl Circuit on March 1-3, followed closely by the maiden Grand Prix of the year.
The fomer World Supersport champion was the second-quickest overall courtesy of a 1’40.989secs lap-time; with only a 0.007secs gap from Binder, Lowes was the fastest Kalex rider of the test. The quickest lap by the Briton came during the second of three sessions (he did not take part in the final one), a sign of good things to come.
On the second day, Lowes crashed unhurt twice, first at turn six in the morning and then at turn 11 in the second session. Despite the setback, he managed to work hard with the teams on many areas of the bike, including electronics and geometry, but also on suspensions and swingarm.
2nd - SAM LOWES #22
“It’s been a very positive test. We were second and not too far from Binder, and our lap-time came during the ninth lap and with hard used tyres. We could have improved even further with the softer compound, but the idea was to work on our race pace and so we did. During the first two days we focused on bike geometry and many other settings, while today we found the best possible setup based on the data from the previous days. We were quick and consistent, so we’re heading to Qatar with great motivation.”
PRODUCTIVE THREE DAYS OF TESTING FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 IN JEREZ
At the first IRTA testing session of the new season, in Moto2, Marini is immediately really fast. Even Bulega is close to the strongest guys. Step forward for Foggia and Vietti Ramus in Moto3.
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), February 22nd 2019 - In Andalusia, three days of intense work for the Sky Racing Team VR46 between important steps forward and the confirmation of the positive feelings of the last week. The first official test of the 2019 season sees, in Moto2, Luca Marini in the group of the protagonists in fourth place overall and followed by Nicolò Bulega seventh. At work also the Moto3 couple, with Dennis Foggia who closes 16th and Celestino Vietti Ramus 24th.
Thanks to an excellent 1: 41.146 (1.41.155 in the last session today), scored in the Day1, Luca is immediately behind the first guys with a gap of only 0.164 thousandths from the leader Binder (1: 40.982) and satisfied for the technical progresses on the track and also the physical ones. With a gap under three tenths and an important chronometric step forward Nicolò closed with an excellent 1: 41.281, the fastest rookie.
In Moto3, with a good 1:46.382 Dennis has broken the wall of 1.47 and he is closer to the Top guys (Masia, 1:45.241). Constant steps forward also for Celestino who has signed a best lap time of 1:47.054.
Three positive days of work, we were able to try different materials and being very competitive. Luca has made a great step forward with his shoulder, he is not at 100% on the long run, but he was very fast. Nicolò still has to understand exactly the Moto2, but he was strong, he did a good job with the Team and we are all curious to see and understand how he can adapt himself to another type of track. I'm also happy with what we have done in Moto3. There is still room of improvement for both and even here we can not wait to test ourselves on another track.
A very productive test: I'm satisfied! We leave from Jerez with clear ideas, we are ready for Qatar where we will have another three days to further refine my riding style and bike setup. We did a great job, as last year, the atmosphere inside the garage is great. In terms of lap time, we were trying a strategy with Nicolò, but I did not calculate the gap in the best way and in the last sector I had to close the gas. Despite this, we were fast and we are competitive even on the pace. Physically I have struggled a bit in the third day: for the shoulder rehabilitation I was not able to follow all the physical preparation, but I have a few days before Qatar for recover, rest and then try a race simulation in Doha.
I'm very happy and I have to say thank to all the guys of the Team for the work done. I did not start very well in the first day, but yesterday and today we were really fast and we managed to make a good step on the riding style. I am learning to handle the bike with a different style, compared to Moto3, and I start to see the first results. I'm satisfied and I’m ready for Qatar: I’m motivated and with a great desire to do my best.
We did a great job, focusing mainly on the race pace and less on the flying lap. I can not wait to arrive in Qatar: we found a good setup base, we have improved every day and I'm happy with what I have done with the Team.
We have been able to try a lot of material, work on the rhythm and the riding style and I am happy because, compared to the last week, we have made good progresses on the lap time and we have approached the Top guys. With the Team we are doing a good job and we have found a good base for Qatar.
Satisfaction and consistency the buzzwords for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in the Jerez Test
Alex Márquez and Xavi Vierge leave Jerez with a good feeling, competitive race rhythms and happy with progress. Base settings are defined, so now it’s down to riding style and a hot lap in Qatar.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS have finished the Jerez Test with a fruitful final day of action focused chiefly on the details – as well as confidence and race simulations. Sunny conditions and good temperatures – around 30ºC on track – were the backdrop for an intense day of testing in which both sides of the box hit top gear to get the most out of the track time. The goal? Arriving at the final test in Qatar next week with the best base setting and just a few details left to iron out, so that riding style and preparation for the race weekend can be the focus at Losail. And it’s mission accomplished.
The final day was fruitful but marked by two crashes for Alex Márquez, although both were without consequence. The goal in the first session was to get into the rhythm and prepare for the afternoon session. However, the number 73 didn’t find the same feelings he’d had at the end of action yesterday and he crashed at Turn 2 when out on a hot lap. The crash didn’t cause a change in plans though and Alex was then able to go on to do a race simulation in which he put in some very competitive lap times, although it was interrupted on Lap 11 by another crash at Turn 2. Márquez therefore concentrated on rediscovering his confidence in the front end in the final session and leaving the test with a good feeling.
Xavi Vierge was working on the geometry on his Kalex. The search for good balance and feeling was the task for much of the day, but once found the Spaniard put in a race simulation of 23 laps in the second session. Vierge had a good rhythm, was consistent and maintained that positive feeling throughout. In the third session, the number 97 was pushing to improve his fastest lap but suffered a crash at the same Turn 2 that had claimed his teammate Márquez. Not satisfied, Vierge got back on the bike to try and finish the test with a better taste in his mouth and was able to do just that, improving his time.
Satisfied with the work done and with plenty of information to analyse, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS will now head for Qatar on Wednesday for the final test ahead of the season opener on the 8th March.
6th, 1'41.256, 51 laps, 226 km.
"After crashing I built my confidence back up quickly"
“Today was a little more difficult than the other days, but I think we’ve seen in which direction we need to go. I think it’s really positive. After crashing I built my confidence back up quickly and I was up there again, so I’m happy about that. But we need to work a bit more on new tyres to be able to make better use of them, but I think in general we’re working well. We’ve got a lot of conclusions from today and we’re ready for Qatar, with everything clear so we can have a good race there. Overall I’m really happy with the test.
Yesterday I made a big step in riding style and consistency to be able to be there, but I’m far from 100%. So I need to make another step in Qatar and try and make the riding style for this bike a bit more natural. When I try to push, I use the old style too much so I need to think a bit more about that because this engine needs smoother lines.”
16th, 1'41.672, 64 laps, 283 km.
"Finally we’ve found the correct step"
"“It was a hard day but finally we’ve found the correct step; we did a race simulation and it was good. But it’s a shame because we only found a good setting on the bike half way through today. We worked really hard but not enough to find the right direction to improve! I wish we had another day tomorrow to make that last step we’re missing, but anyway. I’m really happy because everyone’s worked so hard and now we go to Qatar for another three days before the first race.
After this test we have a lot of information to analyse to arrive to Qatar with a good plan. We’re missing a bit of traction, until today it was impossible for me to ride fast with the hard tyre which was strange because in the last tests it was the opposite. But here until the final day I couldn’t, so now the goal is to find a bit more traction and make the rear tyre work a little better.”
NTS RW Racing GP concludes a positive Jerez test
After three days of hard work NTS RW Racing GP concluded the Moto2 test in Jerez de la Frontera with a good feeling. Bo Bendsneyder finished his last session in eighth and found his name in fifteenth place in the overall rankings after three days. Steven Odendaal ended in 25th overall. "A very positive test, in every aspect", said RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen.
In the last session of the three-day test, Bo Bendsneyder and Steven Odendaal were no longer in action. "We had used all of the tires and the maximum number of 850 kilometres of the engine," Janssen explains the early end of the test. That did not only apply to NTS RW Racing GP: almost half of the Moto2 field did not compete in the final session.
Bendsneyder set his best time (1.41.608) in that second session on day 3. This lap time was good for the fifteenth place overall, at 0.626 of Brad Binder, who was the fastest with 1.40.982. Odendaal clocked 1.42.168 and thus was 1.186 from his compatriot Binder. How competitive the Moto2 class is, is evident from the fact that 20 riders were within a second of Binder’s time.
The next preseason test is only a week away. On Friday March 1, Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3, the Moto2 and Moto3 will test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, where the first Grand Prix of the 2019 season will be held a week later.
Bo Bendsneyder: "We still managed to find something in the setup of the rear of the NTS so we can save the tires a bit longer. Today I focused a little more on the lap times and that was positive. I have always been able to be in or close to the top 10. We have worked well, made quite some mileage, have done a lot and made progress all the time. It is a good feeling to be able to conclude in eighth place."
Steven Odendaal: "It was a good day and we have again found a number of points to help us improve. We only need a bit more. For example, we can’t use the bigger tire, which should give us about half a second, but all in all it was a good test that gives us good prospects."
Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto2 Team concludes Jerez test with intense impressions
With the end of a week full of testing and adapting, Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl leave the Circuito de Jerez with many impressions, ready to head over to Qatar for the last official preseason test kicking off in less than one week’s time. After completing 159 laps during the three days’ IRTA test, Öttl was able to improve by 0.53 seconds from Thursday, while fellow Moto2 rookie and teammate Bezzecchi did 155 laps in total to eventually lower his lap time by 0.377 seconds from day one until the final session of today.
Position: 28th – Time: 1:42.672 – Laps: 39
“Overall today I felt better than yesterday, I mainly concentrated on sliding better and opening the throttle a bit earlier, which went quite well. I was also able to lower my lap time from yesterday and the day before and we could gather some good information. After five long days here, we now need to keep on working in Qatar. I just have to learn how to ride this bike and step by step we can transform what we’ve learned this week to a faster lap time.”
Position: 29th – Time: 1:42.756 – Laps: 53
“Today my feeling improved a bit, it seems like we found a slightly better way. But still, we have many things to improve. The bike is ok now, I still try to adapt my style to the Moto2, but overall, it has been a bit better. We didn’t try to focus on a very fast lap time too much, but just concentrated on the riding style. Anyway, we know what we have to improve for Qatar and we will give our best.”
“There were a lot of expectations for the first Moto2 test of the 2019 season as November was just a shakedown, so finally everybody was on track with their new bikes and everybody was quite impatient to see the outcome of this first test. The KTM riders had two extra days before official IRTA test, which was good in order to understand our package and work with less pressure and more time. Honestly speaking tonight, I can’t tell I’m not disappointed, because then I would be lying and I don’t like to lie. Clearly, we are not in great positions, quite far down and this is not something we were hoping for. I was personally expecting to be mid-pack, more or less a second to the top, but we are 1.7 second off, which is not so much, but a lot at the same time, because in Moto2 everything is so close. Of course, to have two rookies in team is difficult, not having an experienced rider who can share his feelings, settings and data with the rookie, which is happening at Red Bull KTM Ajo. So, it will take more time for our guys to really understand how to set up this new machine, how to modify their riding style compared to Moto3, but I would like to say this is the first test of the year, we keep fully motivated and stay behind Marco and Philipp and I’m quite sure both our guys are not happy and going to digest this tough five days back home during the short break we have before the next test in Qatar. I’m pretty positive that Qatar will start on a much more positive note. It’s the beginning of a long journey and I am - we all are – impatient, but we need to understand that it will take some time, as I said and it is very important for all of us to stick behind our riders, to show them full support, dedication and to give them what they need in order to become proper Moto2 riders as soon as possible.”
CONSTANT PROGRESS FOR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM IN MOTO2
Spanish outfit end first official test of preseason with Jake Dixon just 1.2 seconds off the top
Brad Binder ended the first official test of the Moto2 preseason as the fastest man on track but with Sam Lowes breathing down his neck - the South African edging out the Brit by just 0.007 seconds after three days at Jerez. The pair currently look like being the title favourites in 2019 but Iker Lecuona will be pleased with his form after ending the test third fastest. The next target for the Moto2 riders will be the Qatar test on 1-3 March at the Losail Circuit.
The Ángel Nieto Team have made constant progress throughout the Jerez test, with Jake Dixon finishing up just 1.2 seconds off the top today. The British rider continued with his adaptation to the category, recovering his confidence after two crashes earlier in the test. Dixon can now head to Qatar feeling satisfied with the fact that he was close to the pace of more experienced riders around this circuit and with the knowledge that he still has plenty to learn. His teammate Xavi Cardelús has made the most of his five days on track, the first two being a private test with KTM, and he is looking forward to continuing the job in Qatar. The Andorran leaves Jerez with a best time of 1'43.561 after completing more than 150 laps over the last three days.
23rd Jake Dixon 1'42.158 (51 laps): “These five days have been good for me to keep learning. We have tried a lot of things and overall it has been positive. Also, on the final day KTM gave us some new parts to try. We had three not-so-good days, with a couple of crashes, so today was good for me to get my confidence back up and set some decent lap times. I know I have a lot to learn but I am not too far off the top guys at a circuit where they have ridden on countless occasions before. I want to thank the team for all their work here and we will keep on in the same way in Qatar.”
32nd Xavi Cardelús 1'43.561 (37 laps): “We have drawn some good conclusions from all the things we have tested on this final day. Obviously we have spent five days now at the same circuit and we made a lot of progress early on and then things slowed down a little. Now we have another test in Qatar next week at a circuit where I already raced a couple of years ago. I am already looking forward to the start of the season.”
Pawi wraps up Jerez test
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider completes three days of intense work at first official preseason test of 2019.
KHAIRUL IDHAM PAWI
Khairul Idham Pawi today completed the first official Moto2 test of the 2019 preseason, wrapping up the third and final day at the Jerez – Angel Nieto Circuit. The Malaysian rider has worked extensively with his crew, completing 165 laps of the Spanish track, finishing up in 29th position overall with a best lap of 1'42.729, which he set yesterday.
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider spent the final day on track focusing on his race pace and working to find the most balanced possible set-up for his bike. His best lap of today came during the second session, when he stopped the clock at 1'42.909.
The next appointment for Khairul Idham Pawi on track with his Moto2 machine will be at next week's Qatar test. Action gets underway on Friday at the Losail International Circuit, where the final preparations will be made for a new season that kicks off at the same track on March 10th.
Johan Stigefelt – PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team, Team Director
“It has been difficult for Khairul Idham Pawi because he hadn't ridden at Jerez yet this year, unlike a lot of the other riders, so he was already a couple of days behind. We have tried various things and tried to adjust his way of working and his riding style to make the lap times come more easily. We have to keep working in the same way in Qatar and everything will come. We have faith in Pawi, in the team and in the bike, so we just need to be patient and keep working hard.”
#89 Khairul Idham Pawi
"Today we were unable to improve on our best single lap from yesterday so we have to keep working on that in Qatar. On the other hand we did manage to improve our race pace, so the initial focus at the Losail International Circuit will be on setting a flying lap. Today we worked on improving the balance of the bike. At the end of the day we swapped the rear wheel but I didn't have good grip so I couldn't hold my line and improve the lap time. We have three more days in Qatar to keep progressing."
The MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward Racing Team closed the first official test in Jerez de la Frontera with great determination.
The MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward Racing Team concluded this afternoon the first official Moto2 test of the 2019 season in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). During all three days the riders, Stefano Manzi and Dominique Aegerter, as well as the whole team have worked hard, both on and off the track ,to try to make the right adjustments to the young F2 bike.
Aegerter completed 188 laps with a best time of 1:41.953, which earned him thirteenth place in the last daily session. Manzi, on the other hand, finished the session in 17th place, setting his best personal time of 1:42.061, just about a tenth behind his teammate, with 177 laps to his credit and 787.4 km covered.
The team and the riders are positive, but at the same time they are aware that there is still a lot of work to be done; it is important to cover kilometres in order to be competitive in the first race of the championship. There are still many elements to try and the team is already looking forward to the next tests, which will be held in Qatar on 1, 2 and 3 March, at the international circuit of Losail.
Stefano Manzi - Rider
"I'm happy about the way these three days have gone here in Jerez. Today, in particular, I think it was the most positive day for us because we finally managed to lower our times and get closer to the leading group with a gap of just one second from the first. I feel really good with the team, also with my new chief technician, Luca Capocchiano, and with my mate Dominique. We are definitely leaving for Qatar for next week's pre-season test, with a completely different state of mind compared to the way we closed last season. We are more convinced that we can improve a lot ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season. We are working hard and we can do well on the track too, I am sure. I want to thank the whole team, Giovanni and the sponsors who have chosen to join us in this new adventure.”
Dominique Aegerter - Rider
"These three days of testing in Jerez have been positive. I'm happy to be back on my MV Agusta F2. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot to test, but I am happy. We were lucky because the weather was on our side, if not some moments where there was a lot of wind. We will continue to work as we are doing. The project is new and needs time, for me even the team and the chief technician are new. I feel at home with the group and with my teammate Stefano, he's going strong and we push each other and I think this is good for everyone. The top 10 are really fast. I did a good fast lap but I have to and can do more. Next week we will be in Qatar for another three days of testing before the race and thanks to the data collected here we will be better prepared and we will try to reduce the gap from the front. I would like to thank the whole team for their great work and all the sponsors for their huge support.”
Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner
"This first official exit has certainly been positive for the team. Dominique had the opportunity to get a bit more familiar with Mauro Noccioli, his chief technician and his team and showed an improvement during the three days here in Jerez. Also, Stefano got to know his new chief technician, Luca Capocchiano, and continued to work well with his team. I'm also happy that the two riders are feeling well with each other, this creates a nice atmosphere inside the box that I'm sure can also be reflected on track. So, we are confident at the start but aware that there is still a lot of work to be done. I would like to thank MV Agusta for the great trust placed in our team and in this ambitious project. A special thanks goes also to our Title Sponsor, Idealavoro, and in particular to Dr. Scavone for the great support, as well as to all our other partners.”
ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM TAKE FLIGHT AT JEREZ
Albert Arenas and Raúl Fernández end first preseason test amongst the pacesetters and determined to stay there in Qatar
The start of the Moto3 World Championship is edging ever closer and the first of two official preseason tests is now in the books after the conclusion of the third and final day at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto. After nine sessions of more than an hour each over the three days, Jaume Masiá leaves Jerez with the fastest time after clocking a 1'45.241 in today's morning session. Masiá's joy was short lived, however, the Spaniard crashing five laps later in an incident that saw the red flags emerge. Romano Fenati, on his return to Moto3, was the only other rider to break the 1'46 barrier, with Lorenzo dalla Porta close behind with a 1'45.936 to complete the top three.
It has been an excellent few days at Jerez for the Ángel Nieto Team, with both riders setting a strong pace throughout the test and making vital preparations for the start of the new season. Albert Arenas heads home from the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto with the faster time of the two, the Spaniard registering a 1'46.130 that was inside the pole position time set by Jorge Martín at the Grand Prix of Spain in 2018. Arenas is satisfied with the test, especially with the progress made over the past two days, and he heads to Qatar with his sights firmly set on the final test of preseason and the first race of the campaign. His teammate Raúl Fernández was just a tenth of a second behind Arenas after his 35 laps of the Spanish track, the youngster spending time lapping alone as he focused on getting accustomed to his new KTM, and he also leaves Jerez feeling happy with the job done alongside his team.
7th Albert Arenas 1:46:130 (35 laps): “We've done a good job here at Jerez. I am happy with how the test finished – we struggled to find a good feeling until the last couple of days but we got there in the end and that's the main thing. We took a step forward yesterday and then backed it up today. I am satisfied with the lap time and our pace throughout the day, although we do still have some things to work on.”
12+1 Raúl Fernández 1:46.289 (35 laps): “I am really happy with how this test has gone. Today I was setting an incredible pace on the hard tyre and we gathered a lot of information. When the track was at its best we fitted a soft tyre to go for a fast lap but we were foiled by a red flag. We have to keep working in this way. The team are helping me to ride on my own and finding a set-up that suits my riding style. I came here hoping to complete a lot of laps and gather as much information as possible, we have managed to set a good pace riding alone and now we go to Qatar ready to continue giving 100%.”
Solid job for Leopard Riders under the sun of Jerez
From Wednesday to Friday Jerez has been the scenario of the IRTA test, where Leopard riders Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Marcos Ramirez have been testing their 2019 bike. A veteran and a new arrival who have tested, changed and get used to the Honda. Despite some considerable wind the second day of testing, sun and warm temperatures along the three days helped to do a decent job.
If Wednesday seemed things were difficult for the young riders, from Thursday on, everything started to change as after some modifications they felt more comfortable with the bike. Throughout the nine sessions along these days Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Marcos Ramirez did 399 laps altogether and constantly rode in 1:46 low.
The hard and constant work inside the box showed an improvement from the first to the last day and both finished inside the Top10 on the combined standings, being Dalla Porta the third fastest and Ramirez the eighth.
Now it is time to rest a bit… But not too much! The 1st of March action will be back on track under the lights of Losail International Circuit for the last test before the start of the 2019 season.
#48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta (1:45.936):
"It’s been a very positive test, we’ve tried many things and we’ve been able to improve the bike although we still have work to do in Qatar. Overall I’m very happy. I’ve been able to set a nice lap time and I am pleased with the final result. Many thanks to the team because we’ve worked a lot and that is shown on the progression we’ve done".
#42 Marcos Ramírez (1:46.144):
"I’m very happy, it’s been a positive test. We had some issues throughout the first day but we managed to found the key to improve and finally felt comfortable. We’ve been able to be fast and the only thing we need to do is to flesh out the details to get ready for the start of the season. I can’t wait to be in Qatar for the last test before the race!"
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 complete Moto3 Official Test with progress made
Sergio Garcia Dols places ninth and Alonso Lopez twentieth in the penultimate test of the 2019 preseason, with both undertaking race simulations.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders made the most of the third and final day of the Official Test at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, putting in ample laps on Friday. The weather proved to be counducive to testing, with clear skies and no wind in the morning, a breeze picking up at midday and subsequently dying down in the afternoon session, with the consequent increase in temperature.
Alonso Lopez completed his work programme for the test, dedicating the first session on Friday to refining his riding style and the second to a race simulation from which he drew valuable conclusions. Lopez finished the day looking for a fast lap to culminate the work carried out, clocking a best time of 1:46.580 that placed him twentiefth. He occupied that same position on the combined timesheet for the test.
Rookie Sergio Garcia Dols was the surprise package of the test, going faster than a large number of riders with extensive World Championship experience. The Moto3 newcomer was second quickest on Wednesday, and on Thursday was still up with the frontrunners in terms of pace. On Friday he continued perfecting his riding, running a race simulation and placing eleventh. His 1:46.198 best time put him ninth overall for the test.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will have a final Official Test from March 1st at the Losail International Circuit, the venue for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix on March 10th.
20th, 1:46.580, + 1.339, 183 laps, 809 km
"We have progressed throughout these three days, riding alone"
"I'm very happy because we completed the work plan that we had set out. We have progressed throughout the three days, riding alone, before setting my fastest lap, which is also especially positive. I think we are heading to the last test in Qatar prepared and with a good pace."
9th, 1:46.198, + 0.957, 176 laps, 778 km
"I'm satisfied because we have been fast and maintained a good pace"
"Today we focused on achieving a good pace; in the second session we also did a 23-lap race simulation that went very well. I think we're ready for the next test in Qatar. I'm satisfied with this test because we have been fast and maintained a good pace; we've made good progress this week."
Satisfactory end to Jerez test for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team Moto3 riders
Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee wrap up three-day session before heading to Qatar for the last official preseason test on 1st-3rd March.Three fruitful days of preseason testing concluded today for the Moto3 riders at the Jerez – Angel Nieto Circuit, where Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee have been able to spend valuable time refining the set-up of their machines and getting to understand the different tyre options they will have at their disposal during the season ahead. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team riders were happy with the result of the test, especially the Japanese rider, who finished up inside the top ten today and on the combined timesheet.
Ayumu Sasaki followed up his set-up and tyre work over the past two days with a time attack today, ending the session feeling happy in all aspects. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider burst into the top ten overall, lapping ninth fastest today with a best lap of 1'46.212 after a combined total of 124 laps.
His teammate John McPhee has also had an intense three days of work, making gradual progress on the base set-up of his Honda. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider leaves Jerez feeling satisfied with his race pace after completing 119 laps, the best being a 1'46.881 that came on Wednesday, leaving him 22nd overall. On Friday the Scotsman clocked a 1'47.166, 24th fastest on the day.
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team will now head to Qatar next week for the final test of preseason, set to take place from 1st-3rd March at the Losail International Circuit before the 2019 Moto3 World Championship kicks off at the same venue on 10th March.
Johan Stigefelt – PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team, Team Director
“As far as Ayumu Sasaki is concerned it has been a very productive three days, we have tested a lot of things and not only did he set a fast lap time but he also set some very consistent laps on his own. So we are very satisfied with Ayumu and the job done by the whole team. All this considering he's a few days behind the other riders who already had two days of private tests here, means that we are even more ready for Qatar.
For John McPhee it has also been a good test because he has got to know the bike and been able to focus more on his race pace. Unfortunately he wasn't able to post a fast lap at the end but he has been able to test a lot of different things and we know that Jerez is not his best track. He felt more comfortable yesterday and struggled a little more today, although he was only missing a single flying lap and the average was not so bad.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"The first day here was a little difficult after the test at Sepang – the set-up didn't work so well and we had to study everything again and find an improvement. On the second day we went back to the set-up we used at Sepang because it was very good, and in the end it was a case of me adapting my riding style more to the demands of Jerez. It took us a little time but I already felt a lot better on the second day. We have improved the lap time every day and during each session I had a good feeling with the tyres. On this last day we have focused more on the lap time and in the end we set a quick lap, plus I also felt comfortable on the used tyre as well as the new one. We are very satisfied – this test at Jerez has been the best winter test I have had in the last three years."
#17 John McPhee
"Today we went back to a normal testing programme. We wanted to try different things with the rear end of the bike so we played around with some other configurations, various shocks, basically a few different parts. I felt really good on the bike and at the end of the day we got pretty close to our base set-up. It was good to try different things but also to fix whatever didn't work perfectly and improve it to have a good base. We are not up there with the quickest lap times, which is something to improve on, but my pace is fast and consistent so I am happy with that. I think we are going to Qatar with a good package."
FRUITFUL TEST FOR TEAM KÖMMERLING AT JEREZ
The European part of the Moto3 preseason has drawn to a close for Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3,with Gabriel Rodrigo and Riccardo Rossi 12thand 28th, respectively, in the combined times of the three days of practice. The test was marked by favourable weather despite the strong wind – especially yesterday. The two standard bearers of Gresini Racing in the quarter-litre class of MotoGP managed to work without halts aboard their Honda NSF250RW machines.
Gabriel Rodrigo tried different settings and mappings, without pushing for a quick lap-time. The idea was to work on the longer runs and the results were quite positive. There are still areas to improve, especially on corner entry, but there’s also big room for improvement ahead of the Qatar GP. Generically speaking, in any case, the Argentine was able to make another step forward in his first season with the Japanese manufacturer.
Riccardo Rossi had a different testing programme: the Italian managed to gather some very useful data, which will help his growth. In the end the test turned out to be an encouraging one, despite a crash in the last session of the opening day – at turn nine.
No time for resting: after the usual post-test debrief it’s time to pack for Qatar, where the last test of the preseason will be held (1-3 March) just ahead of the season opener.
GABRI RODRIGO #19
“I’m very happy with this test. We worked a lot on the race pace. The first two days were very positive, although yesterday things got a little bit more complicated because of the wind. Today we were back on the pace. During today’s last session, with used tyres and on my own, I was able to ride at a good pace, which I think it’s another step forward. We only had one outing with the softer tyre, but I had a little issue and could not improve my lap-time Overall I’m happy and ready for Qatar.”
RICCARDO ROSSI #54
“It’s been a very useful test: we understood a lot of things about the bike and the track. The first day went well, despite a small mistake which led to a crash, while yesterday the wind was a bit too strong, so we chose not to take any unnecessary risk. Today we rode consistently and focused on braking, especially when I’m on my own as I’m a little too sideways on corner entry. Now it’s time for Qatar and hopefully we’ll continue this way.”
Positive Test to start 2019 season for BOÉ Skull Rider Mugen Race.
Good starting point to 2019 season.
Positive test for Kazuki Masaki and first contact with the team for Makar Yurchenko.
#22 Kazuki Masaki:
"This first test in Jerez it has been very positive, i had a problem the second day my mind came down and i couldn’t make a good lap time but this last day i could do a good lap time so finally I’m very happy"
#76 Makar Yurchenko:
"These three days we have worked a lot and also we had a lot of problems.Finally, we have finished with a good feeling, the best from three days.We have improved a little bit the lap time but anyway we need to work much more with the team.
I’m not satisfied but I’m going to work more to reach my goal.
Thanks to my team for work and to my sponsors, especially Sokol, for support."
Can Öncü concludes successful Jerez tests
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completes five days of intense work at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto, in preparation for his rookie season in Moto3.
02/22/2019 - Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto
After two days of private testing and three of the first Official Test of the 2019 preseason for the Moto3 class, Can Öncü leaves the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto on schedule to be ready for the first race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made steady progress this week, gaining experience ahead of his full-time debut in Grand Prix racing.
The 15 year-old rookie was one of the Moto3 riders to put in the most laps on Friday, continuing to get familiar with his KTM and adapt to the pace of the World Championship. Today he clocked his best time of the Official Test, a 1:47.014 that placed him 22nd of the day, 23rd in the overall standings.
Öncü has gained confidence with both his new KTM and team for the 2019 campaign, and will be back in action from March 1st-3rd for the final Official Test, held at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
"We leave the test in Jerez with a great base and a good setup for the KTM. My team and I understand each other and work together better with every day that goes by. There is trust between us and we feel good, so I am very happy about that. Overall, the week has been positive. We have three more days left in which to further adapt to the bike. Right now I consider that I have a practically perfect bike, besides some small changes that we have to make. We are ready for the race in Qatar and to try to fight for a good result."
GOOD PROGRESS FOR REDOX PRÜSTELGP AT JEREZ TEST
From 20.-22. February the Redox PrüstelGP team tested in almost perfect conditions at the first official test of the 2019 season in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and ended the IRTA test with a smile. Three busy days lie behind the racing team from Saxony. On the first day, many valuable findings were obtained, which laid the foundation for a very positive third day. On Thursday, just like last week, the persistent strong wind made it hard for the pilots of the Moto3 and Moto2 category.
Jakub Korfeil is quite satisfied with the development in the past three days. The experienced Czech now feels much better on his new Moto3 KTM. Kornfeil is happy about the good feeling that his machine gives him. The 25-year-old is satisfied with the work he has done and is happy that, together with his crew, he has found two settings which make him feel comfortable on the bike. The best personal time of the rider from near Brno was a 1:46.532, which he rode in the first session of the third day. In the combined classification, Kornfeil finally finished 19th, 1.291 seconds behind the fastest overall, Jaume Masia, who rode an impressive time of 1’45.241. Jakub Kornfeil was on a very fast lap on the first and last day of the test, as both times the session was interrupted by the red flag, which meant that the pilot with the number 84 could not complete his laps. Nevertheless, his conclusion of the penultimate official test is positive. In Qatar, it is now necessary to make the perfect fine tuning.
Compatriot Filip Salač is also happy with the progress made over the long three days of testing at the 4.4km long Circuit de Jerez. The former Red Bull Rookies Cup pilot is getting more and more used to his new bike and is gradually working his way forward. Even if the young Czech continues to struggle with grip problems on the rear, a significant improvement has already been achieved, which makes the 17-year-old positive about the upcoming Qatar test. Unlike his team-mate, the youngster still has a lot on the agenda for the last preseason test. Although Salac finished some sessions in the solid midfield, he finished 27th in the combined classification of three days with a 1:47.256 and a gap of 2.015 seconds to the leader.
With these positive impressions, the Redox PrüstelGP team will make its way to Qatar in just a few days, where the final test will be held next week before the big start of the season on 10 March.
After three days of testing I can say that the first and third day were really positive. The second day was disturbed by the strong wind so we couldn’t really test that much on Thursday. Today was going well too! I really enjoyed riding and I feel pretty good on the bike now. I am happy with the job we’ve done in these past days. We were able to test everything that we had on the plan. We were mainly using used tyres because if we can be on 1,47’s on used tyres I can easily do a 1,46 or better on fresh ones. I am just happy with the feeling on the bike. We have two basic set-up’s that work for us, so now we need to decide in Qatar which is the best for that track and most natural to go fast because with the bike setting I ended today, it creates a lot off chatter but is has so much grip and in fast corners, that’s not so comfortable. That’s the only thing we need to decide on. We were working systematically and I am already looking forward to Qatar, especially the race weekend. Even if in the standing we aren’t too high up but I have to say that in my fastest lap, I was behind Canet trying to catch him and that should have been a 1’45 which would have been around seventh place but the session was red flagged so I didn’t finish that lap. The same happened on Day 1 so I was a bit unfortunate but we are confident and that’s what matters. We are going home with a smile and I am eager to test the bike again and finally get the season underway. Thanks to my Team and KTM for the fantastic job!
It was a positive Test for us. One the first day we found auch a good setting although we had the same problem with the rear grip as before. We managed to solve it a little bit and I feel a lot better already. I’m getting more and more used to the bike as well. It was a long three days but today we tried to go for some fast laps but I made some mistakes and got tangled up in groups of several riders, so at some point I was a bit unlucky too. I am looking forward to the Qatar test, although we still have some work on the agenda. Generally, we are on a good way with the bike setting and I’d like to thank my team for the good job and support.