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Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro concluded the first of the preseason tests for the 2015 season with a strong result of third place in the combined standings at Valencia this week.
In Wednesday’s final day of testing the MotoGP™ riders began the action just after midday due to waiting for the track to dry from the previous day’s rain, then Espargaro completed 53 laps in total as he continued his test programme on the new specification Yamaha YZR-M1.
He focused specifically on electronics and front end settings with a definite improvement being achieved as he clocked a best lap of 1’31.288. This time was only 0.315s back from the leading bike, but his lap from Monday, which was nearly two tenths quicker than his Wednesday best, sees him seize third overall and his testing performance at Valencia leaves him positive ahead of the winter break.
Espargaro stated, “The test was a really productive one and I am very pleased with the end result. I was able to produce consistent and competitive lap times which leaves me in a positive fame of mind for the winter break. I decided not to ride on Tuesday as the injury to my foot is not completely healed yet and I opted to wait for better conditions in order to finish my testing schedule. I worked through different aspects, including both new parts as well as setup options.”
“There were not any major modifications, but certainly plenty of small factors which came together to make a difference. We focused on the electronics, the front end of the bike as well as confirming some of the adjustments that we tried on Monday. The thing I am most happy about is we found a strong setting with the electronics for when the tyre drops, which we have experienced difficulties with this season. Now I think we definitely deserve a rest which I am certainly looking forward as I want to spend some time with my family and friends, before getting ready for Sepang in February."
Meanwhile Bradley Smith finished the end of season test in formidable form to clinch fifth position in the combined standings after conducting an in depth and thorough testing programme.
"Wednesday was a busy day all in all, but I am pleased with what we achieved as we undertook a lot of work and tested many different aspects,” said Smith. We concentrated on experimenting with new parts and concepts which we received, rather than investing time in changing already proven settings. This included modifications to the new suspension as well as engine braking and traction control ideas, which gave us more general knowledge for the future and further ideas for our armoury. I am happy with how it went and we also found some intriguing data with the front forks. In addition, I sampled the new Brembo callipers which will be good for the future.”
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