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Moto2™ riders join Ducati and Suzuki for testing

Moto2™ riders join Ducati and Suzuki for testing

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team and Ducati Team were joined by a selection of Moto2™ riders at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on Tuesday for another day of post-GP testing.

The Suzuki and Ducati teams had access to the track throughout the day from an early 9am start, whilst the Moto2™ riders were allowed to join them on track for two and half hours in the morning and another session of the same duration after lunch.

The riders enjoyed dry conditions for most of the day, with the Moto2™ teams finishing their work at 4.30pm, before rain fell in the final hour – with only Ducati Team’s Michele Pirro riding on a wet track before proceedings drew to a close.

Suzuki’s continued preparations for a planned return to premier class competition in 2015 were carried out by Randy de Puniet and Japanese test rider Takuya Tsuda – with the team again working with a new engine, chassis updates and evolving software.

The Ducati Team was represented by Pirro only, the test rider who has made several Grand Prix appearances in 2014, continuing development of the GP14.

In the Moto2™ class, rookie Jonas Folger marked a rapid 1’45.600 unofficial lap time in the morning sessions as he pushed hard with his AGR Team Kalex. Folger worked again with his new WP suspension, but afternoon brake tests and work with Dunlop on a front tyre were cut short as he wrecked his machine in a Turn 5 crash, with his team wrapping up early as a result.

The Marc VDS Racing Team were busy again, with Tito Rabat (his unofficial best time of 1’46.400) keen to perfect his bike setting for Assen as he aims to extend his World Championship advantage at the top of the standings. His Finnish colleague Mika Kallio was trying a new swingarm as the team try to put both riders on packages of similar levels of competitiveness.

Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider and Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales was alone in his team’s box in the absence of the injured Luis Salom, who fractured a finger crashing out of Sunday’s Moto2™ Barcelona race. Viñales focused his work on tyre testing and bike setting as he continues on his rapid Moto2™ learning curve.

Fresh from his first taste of MotoGP™ on Monday thanks to Avintia Racing, Dominique Aegerter was back on his Technomag CarXpert Suter. The Swiss rider admitted he was experiencing tiredness particularly in his legs after 89 laps yesterday, with he and his team focusing on tyre performance and on perfecting his setting for Assen and the Sachsenring.

Sam Lowes has tried various settings with his Speed ​​Up bike, the World Supersport champion focusing on tyre issues which caused him to struggle over the Grand Prix weekend, whilst Tasca Racing team’s Alex de Angelis looked at pushing more weight towards the front end of his Suter and also tried the WP suspension offering.

Suzuki and Ducati will remain at the track for further testing on Wednesday.


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