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The Italian influence within Tech3 Racing

The Italian influence within Tech3 Racing

Raffaele de Rosa and Daniele Romagnoli talk to motogp.com about their impressions of the test at Montmeló.

The Moto2 World Championship continues to take shape and at the Circuit de Catalunya last week the private test allowed a selection of riders track time aboard their developing prototypes.

Rookie of the Year in the 250cc class in 2009 Raffaele de Rosa was present as he continued his preparations for the inaugural season of the new Moto2 category with the Tech3 Racing team, and whilst the Italian rider was hampered by the weather somewhat he was able to make progress on Thursday and Friday.

De Rosa ended the test with a best time of 1’50.5, some way off team-mate Yuki Takahashi’s fastest lap, but in line with a number of other riders at the track and with a good feeling after further time on board the Tech3 chassis.

“We have used only half of the three days but it was still very useful, despite two crashes that slowed me down a bit,” explained De Rosa. “We had a lot of things to test and we have selected some materials. The bike is coming along, and I am satisfied. Also, Guy Coulon (chief mechanic for the team) is always working and providing something new. We have made some modifications to the chassis and the tuning, and must now decide what we concentrate our efforts on during the next test at Valencia.”

In the same manner as the Italian rider, his technical chief Daniele Romagnoli said: “It was a positive test despite the weather. We weren’t able to test everything we wanted to, especially with regards to tuning and the materials we brought here, but apart from this we have made good progress. The second day we concentrated more on the configuration and then on the rider. For Raffaele it was the first time with a 4-stroke, and was important he completed as many laps as possible.”

The former Team Manager of Jorge Lorenzo added: “The bike is new and very different from a 250cc. We must improve the front, which will give the confidence necessary to be able to enter turns fast. Also, we have a little bit of chatter which we are fixing.”

“We have work to do, but the time of Yuki, for example, indicates this bike is competitive and that we can get that potential from Raffaele. We have many ideas for Valencia, both with regards to components and tuning.”

Asked about the title chances for his rider, Romagnoli said: “It is too early to say. After the three official tests we will have clearer ideas. It is very likely that teams have prepared their engines in a particular way for this test, whilst we have not given importance to this element. I think Raffaele will be amongst the main riders.”

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Moto2, 2010, Raffaele de Rosa, Tech 3 Racing

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