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The first three days of official testing in the 2015 preseason were adversely affected by the weather in Valencia.
After a positive opening day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were faced with rain on Wednesday and showers and oil on track on Thursday. That led to Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika being unable to complete their planned testing workload.
The trio of Red Bull KTM Ajo riders leave Valencia with the satisfaction of having had a positive first day, in which their feeling and times with the new KTM were very promising. This was the only day of the three that they were able to make full use of, as on Wednesday mixed track conditions and intermittent rain forced them to stay in the garage. On Thursday an oil spill from another rider meant that Oliveira, Binder and Hanika were only able to put in two laps in the wet.
Happy with their work so far with the KTM, both in Almeria last week and Valencia on Tuesday, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team now head to Jerez –where next week they will undertake three days of Official Test action.
Oliveira commented, "These two tests –Almeria and Valencia– have been very positive. Unfortunately, during the three days in Valencia we have not been able to ride as much as we would have liked, because of the bad weather. However, we still take some very positive feelings away from this test from the first day, so we have bear that in mind and not worry too much. We have to go to Jerez and focus on working with the bike and trying to understand it as much as possible."
Binder added, "The first day was really positive. We worked hard on the bike and found a good setup, and I think we are going in the right direction. I really wanted to go back out again, but I couldn’t ride yesterday because the weather was very bad. Today I had the hope that we would have a dry track and better weather, but it ended up raining all day. This morning I put in a few laps to see how I felt in rainy conditions, and I really enjoyed it. In the afternoon I went back out, but on only the second lap someone spilled oil on the track and I suffered a small crash. It was unlucky, but you cannot do anything about it and sometimes these things happen. Now I am looking forward to Jerez, where hopefully we will have better weather and work in good conditions."
Hanika concluded, "The first day went very well; at least we were able to ride. I am very happy because we have improved a lot. We tested different setups, accumulating many miles and trying to familiarise myself with the bike. Lap after lap we've been getting better and I feel more confident. The most important thing is that we set good times with new tyres and were consistent on each runout. The team have also done a very good job and in the end we found a good setup, on which we have to keep working at Jerez. If we continue in this way, I’m sure we'll be fine. Unfortunately we were only able to ride for one day at Valencia, but we knew that this would happen. I can’t wait for Jerez."
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