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Moto2™ completes first 2014 in-season test at Mugello

Moto2™ completes first 2014 in-season test at Mugello

Mugello was the setting for the first in-season Moto2™ test for some much-needed track time for a limited number of riders.

Only 14 stayed behind for the test, run on the Tuesday after the race, to get ready for the upcoming race in Catalunya and beyond. Speed Up’s Sam Lowes was one of the riders who particularly welcomed the test, to continue his upward trend in the class. New parts and chassis adjustments made to the bike before the race had already helped the Brit make it onto the front row in qualifying, though after finishing eighth in the race, him and the team were focusing on refining the set-up.

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami was in need of some track time, after his pace has been dropping since the start of the season. The front fork and rear shock were the main focus for the team, to help the Japanese rider re-find some of his past form. Come Catalunya, he will be aiming to once again fight with the likes of Marc VDS Racing’s championship leader Esteve Rabat, who was working on bike set-up, as well as his teammate Mika Kallio.

Kallio was trying to regain some of the front-end feel he was lacking all weekend to be better prepared for the next race, whilst other Kalex rider Jonas Folger, of the AGR Team, was refining his bike to better his already excellent third place in Mugello. Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s Hafiz Syahrin was trying a swingarm he had previously not used, though like all Kalex riders, did not have any new items.

Gresini Moto2 riders Xavier Simeon and Lorenzo Baldassarri had difficult days as they both took a tumble, whilst other Suter riders, AGT Rea Racing’s Gino Rea and IodaRacing Project’s Randy Krummenacher, were working through test cycles on their chassis to propel them further up the grid. Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter will have been the benchmark for the riders on the Swiss-built machinery, having been the most consistent and fast Suter rider this year. Completing the testing field were AGR’s Axel Pons, as well as Tech3 riders Marcel Schrotter and Ricky Cardus.

The test, which was not officially timed, was also used by tyre supplier Dunlop to test a new softer compound front tyre, as well as the same specification rear tyres – though manufactured using a different process. Mugello is seen as a good testing ground ahead of the race in Catalunya, as it shares many of the same qualities and no major set-up changes generally need to be done if the test is successful.


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