Aspar riders content with Dunlop progress

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Aspar riders content with Dunlop progress
Monday, 3 March 2014

Mapfre Aspar Team is one of the two Moto2™ teams present at Phillip Island for this week’s tyre test. Following the first of three days on-track, both Nico Terol and Jordi Torres were pleased with Dunlop’s progress.

Whereas Bridgestone is testing with MotoGP™ riders, Dunlop is in attendance with four Moto2™ riders following problems at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, when the race of the intermediate class tier was shortened in distance for tyre safety concerns.

Terol completed no less than 82 laps on his Suter, analysing a selection of different tyres as well as taking the chance to make various front-end setup modifications.

“So far it has been a very productive test,” says Terol, who is the most recent Moto2™ race winner to date. “We have been through a variety of different compound tyres – some I liked, some not so much – but in general Dunlop have done a good job. At the end of the day we also made a change to the front of the bike that worked really well, giving us the turning we have been looking for a while. It was thanks to this that I improved my time on the final lap and I am happy with the lap time and my feeling on the bike. We know we have a lot of improving still to do but we did 82 laps today so it has been productive. Hopefully tomorrow can be the same.”

Torres managed 56 laps, having seen his day disrupted by an engine problem.

“Dunlop have prepared this test for us and today they had two different tyres for us to test,” Torres commented. “We started out this morning with the same rubber we used for the race here last year and, after some fast laps, Dunlop gave us another one to try. They gave us some pretty clear directions and we focused purely on giving them specific feedback. Halfway through the day we had a little engine problem, but luckily we were able to fix it; the engine was worn out, so it was a good opportunity to fit the new one.”

On the timesheet, Terol was the second-quickest Moto2™ rider behind Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat, with Torres behind Mika Kallio and in fourth spot.

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