Avintia Racing makes strides in Sepang

Friday, 2 March 2012

Iván Silva and Yonny Hernández made important steps in the development of their Avintia Racing machine, improving lap times and making key improvements on the electronics and the chassis of the BQR-FTR.

Although rain interrupted the work the Avintia Racing team had planned for the three day Test, by the end of the final day the team was encouraged with the progress they made. The Avintia Racing bike now has a strong base upon which they will continue development at the upcoming test at Jerez ahead of Qatar GP.

Yonny Hernandez and Ivan Silva were able to make positive strides with both the electronics and the chassis of the BQR-FTR. Both riders agreed that important steps were made in solving engine problems they suffered in the previous test at the same circuit. Although many improvements still remain, the two lowered the times obtained at the first test and are optimistic for the future of the team.

Yonny Hernández:
"I’m happy because I’m back with the team and on the bike. At this test, I learned to work with the traction control and we advanced our position to the front. Unfortunately, the rain and some problems with the electronics on my bike slowed our progress a little, but at least the last day was productive and we were able to make progress with the set up. The tests ahead of the first GP of the season will be important to pull together the final bike with a chassis that will allow us to get the most out of the bike."

Iván Silva:
"We worked primarily on the engine mapping and the traction control at this test. It was a shame about the rain on the first days limited the work we were able to do, but it was the same for everyone. The last day I focused on the chassis and although we still have problems with the front wheel we have a little more grip and can turn the bike easier. Now that the engine runs perfectly, the next test we’ll focus on getting the final bike to be more competitive."

Press release courtesy of Avintia Racing

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