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DRIVE M7 Aspar team improve lap times for third day running

DRIVE M7 Aspar team improve lap times for third day running

DRIVE M7 Aspar riders Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty made daily improvements at Sepang.

On the third and final day on Friday, both Hayden and Laverty continued to familiarise themselves with their new bikes. The American continued testing electronics but also carried out tests with bike geometry that allowed him turn his bike better at certain points. Shortly after starting the day he achieved his best time of the test (2.01.508), lowering his top time from yesterday by 0.7s.

Hayden explained, "At this test the whole team have encountered a completely new bike and lots of work ahead to try to resolve all the issues that have emerged. Gradually I will be adapting my riding style to this new bike. We have evolved throughout the test, but our times were not as fast as we wanted, so I'm a little upset. This morning I lowered the time from yesterday quite a lot, but we have to work to go faster. It’s mainly work with the electronics. We still have a lot of work ahead, but there is time. On some parts of the track the feeling was positive, however the acceleration on the slow corners was very strange. Importantly, we have gathered a lot of information. Thanks to some changes to the geometry, we have improved the handling of the bike and now it turns better, but we still we suffer when accelerating out of the slow corners."

Eugene Laverty’s final improvement was almost 0.8s, with his best time set two laps before the end of the test. The Northern Irishman has continued to adapt to his new chassis, which he now understands much better thanks to the work done over these past three days.

Laverty reflected, "The first day of the test was positive, yesterday we did not find a clear direction and this morning we did, but it was still hard for us to lower our times. The changes to the bike have remained focused on the chassis, and I'm still looking for my best riding position. I still have to learn, but luckily I have Gino and Jorge who have come to see me on track to advise and make my work easier. We continue to work on turning the bike, but the feeling on corner entry is progressively being better. We have improved the setup of the chassis and we are understanding how it works. However every time we put on a new tyre we were unable to get the most out of it.  We will have to find out about this too. Today I had the opportunity to follow a few riders on track, and that helped me understand some things."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, SEPANG MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Nicky Hayden, Eugene Laverty, Aspar MotoGP Team

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