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A windy visit to Moscow and positive first Malaguti test for Gabor Talmacsi

A windy visit to Moscow and positive first Malaguti test for Gabor Talmacsi

A windy visit to Moscow and positive first Malaguti test for Gabor Talmacsi

It was a busy few weeks before Christmas. I had my first test on the Malaguti at Estoril and I also took part in some aerodynamic tests at a University in Moscow.

The trip to Russia was an interesting one but the weather was so cold! It was strange being isolated in the wind tunnel although it was a fun experience. The University specialise in aerodynamics and I was blasted by winds between 100-120 kph, experimenting with different positions on the bike to see what was more effective. We left the complex with some important data.

There was not a great deal of time to rest before flying to Portugal for testing. The team were very friendly, helpful and efficient so I was pleased that we got along immediately. We tried numerous combinations of equipment on the first day as we also shared the circuit with the KTM pair of Casey Stoner and Mika Kallio. I rode with a 2004 set of bodywork around the '03 engine and vice-versa.

The first setting turned out to be the most effective and although I wasn't really pushing the bike first time out I clocked a best lap of 1.49.1, which wasn't too bad. We also spent a large part of the day tinkering with suspension settings and aiming to get the Malaguti handling well for my style. The second day I racked-up 69 laps and dropped the time by two seconds, finishing the day two tenths quicker than Kallio, again I was not really testing the limits of the machine.

By the third day I was feeling more comfortable and hit between 50 and 60 laps before we started to simulate some race distances. Unfortunately on my third circulation I slipped off on the same corner that had also claimed Kallio. The tank and a few other parts of the bike were damaged and signalled the end of the test. Overall it was a valuable shakedown and we came away with a lot of data and notes for our next session. The telemetry showed that until my crash I was on the verge of setting my best lap so far on the bike.

After Portugal I then travelled to Italy to visit the technicians of Oz Racing who will be preparing my wheels for 2004. We had a meeting before heading back home to prepare for Christmas!

I will be testing in Spain in January and hope to be making more progress on the bike before the IRTA tests.

Ciao! Talma

125cc, 2003, Gabor Talmacsi

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