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Repsol KTM team makes testing debut

Repsol KTM team makes testing debut

Repsol-backed 250cc and 125cc riders Julian Simon and Esteve Rabat took their first steps with KTM on Monday at Jerez, as they both got their first run-outs onboard their new Austrian machinery to be used in 2008.

Repsol-backed 250cc and 125cc riders Julian Simon and Esteve Rabat took their first steps with KTM on Monday at Jerez, as they both got their first run-outs onboard their new Austrian machinery to be used in 2008.

Amongst a group of 23 riders from the quarter litre and single cylinder classes present at the Andalucian venue, the Spanish pair enjoyed a productive day with the newly formed Repsol KTM team, and over the next 48 hours they will continue working on the initial process of finding comfortable base settings with their respective bikes.

Adjustments have already been made to handlebar and footrest positions, with the riders becoming accustomed to the characteristics of their new machinery as they began to get some important laps of Jerez under their belts.

Once the action had concluded, Simon explained: This was my first time on the KTM. I went off the track once when I was trying to get used to it, and then I realised that the engine power is higher than with my bike from last year. On the other hand at the moment I have a few problems with the chassis, mainly when entering corners.

Having ended up tenth on a 250cc timesheet comprising 15 names, Simon commented: We are going to be changing my position on the bike as Im not totally comfortable yet. For the first day obviously the times are bit slow, but Ive not thought about that too much. I am sure that we will finish these sessions not necessarily with good times but with confidence in the bike, which is our objective.

After 74 laps Rabat was also pleased with his days work on the KTM 125cc machine, also mentioning the higher level of power on his new bike after finishing sixth out of eight riders on the 125cc timesheet.

Today was the first day and the truth is that I was dying to get on this new bike, revealed Rabat. I was testing the whole day, trying to get used to it, as it is different to the Honda and we had to change a few things so that I could get more comfortable.

In general everything was positive, the simple fact of being here testing the bike in Jerez is very positive, although we will have to improve quite a lot. Above all some aspects of the chassis, as I have not yet got the right balance between riding comfortably and entering corners with the right amount of confidence. The bike is quite a lot faster.

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250cc, 2007

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