Bankia Aspar riders among the quickest in Moto3™

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Alberto Moncayo and Hector Faubel made significant progess during the three days of Moto3™ testing held last week in Jerez.

Plenty of information was collected by the Moto3™ teams during the three days of testing that concluded on Saturday at Jerez. The teams will continue work inside their workshops now, before the next time the category contenders face off at the final test of the pre-season, the so-called GP zero, scheduled for 19-21 March at the same southern Spanish track.

Alberto Moncayo had a day as normal on Saturday after missing Friday’s track time due to a crash. The rider from Cadiz hardly noticed he missed a day, producing times similar to those from the first day. At noon, a small modification to the chassis was made which allowed him to dip below the 1’48 mark thus confirming him again as one of the fastest riders in the Moto3 field.

Teammate Hector Faubel also established himself as a rider to beat in the new category despite a mechanical problem forcing him to change his plans when he was ready to challenge the clock. Yet Faubel still declared his satisfaction with the work accomplished at the test.

Alberto Moncayo 1’47.90 (52 laps):
"It seems everything is back in place after the crash yesterday. I had a little headache but I didn’t stop riding and made up some lost time. We still have a lot of things to try but I think this test has been a big step forward. Regardless of the lap times, this has been a good test and I'm really happy with the pace we set on race tires. I’m also happy we were able to make up for lost time and we made great progress, so I hope we continue like this in March at the next test."

Hector Faubel 1’48.40 (58 laps):
"I feel a bit disappointed because today we couldn’t test everything we wanted to. Overall the day went well, but when we were about to make the best lap of the day, we had a problem with the chain that interrupted our plans. We got back on track, but the track temperature haddropped."

"I want to stay positive, and although in these last two days some things haven’t gone very well, we tried everything we wanted and we saw this bike evolve every session. Now we’ll just analyze all the information we have and think about the next test in March. I feel we still have a lot of room for improvement, both with the chassis and the engine, so I am calm."

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