Moto3™ young guns complete vital Mugello test

Moto3™ young guns complete vital Mugello test
Tuesday, 3 June 2014

In a bid to make the Moto3™ class even more exciting, a number of riders stayed behind after the Mugello race to complete a one-day test on the Tuesday to refine their machines and further their development.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller and his teammate Karel Hanika worked on aerodynamic solutions as well as increasing mid-corner speed, whilst their Husqvarna cousins in the form of Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent worked on the same items, as well as a new airbox.

Their close rivals in the Sky VR46 team had a different strategy for the day with Romano Fenati trying some new ergonomic solutions like a new bubble, different rearsets, as well a different swingarm, with Francesco Bagnaia testing front forks. The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 saw Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini work on new front forks and offset.
 
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team suffered mixed fortunes, as Alex Marquez could not complete the day following a crash in the second session; he was taken to hospital, with doctors ruling out injury but electing to keep the rider under observation overnight. Alex Rins on the other hand tried a new chassis, which he said gave small improvements in all areas on the track.
 
Honda clients Ongetta-Rivacold, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Alexis Masbou, were trying a new triple-clamp to improve front-end feel, as well as working on reducing rear chatter.
 
For Mahindra the test was about getting the maximum out of the package they already have, with both engine characteristics and chassis components coming under the microscope. Both Miguel Oliveira and Arthur Sissis worked through the cycle and head to Barcelona with more confidence.
 
Marc VDS Racing rider Livio Loi, as well as Interwetten Paddock Moto3’s Philipp Oettl were the two Kalex KTM riders that worked on improving front end feel and corner entry. Other riders testing were San Carlo Team Italia’s Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli, as well as SIC-Ajo’s Hafiq Azmi.
 
The untimed test was also used by Dunlop to test various new tyre options for the class, with both compound, construction and profile variations.
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