Spaniards keep a low profile at Jerez
The 125 teams completed their pre-season programme yesterday at Jerez, which saw a relative dip in form of the Spanish riders, just a fortnight from the opening Gran Premio Marlboro de España.
Just like last week in Barcelona, Hector Faubel was the fastest Spaniard in the minor class but only 11th overall.
"I'm really unhappy about the result of this test," said Faubel, who was 1.5s slower than pacesetter Marco Simoncelli.
"I know I can be quicker, I will have to be anyway. On Monday I lapped in 1'49 once and today I managed a few more, but I believe I must think about my mistakes in order to improve. The pre-season is now over and we have to get ready for racing, which is what riders really like."
Pablo Nieto, who is back at Derbi this year was 12th fastest and also disappointed after a test hampered by chassis issues.
"I couldn't find the right feeling with this chassis and pushing for lap times is really hard," explained Nieto. "The engine is very powerful and could allow us to do some really good times, but the chassis is very special and I can't find the right configuration."
"I'm sure it's only a matter of time, but these kinds of things can only make you more nervous as we're getting closer to the first race. Hopefully, it will get better when we are back here for the first race so we can fight for top positions."