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Drive M7 riders make quick improvements from first test

Drive M7 riders make quick improvements from first test

Despite the suffocating heat both Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty worked hard on the electronics and chassis of their respective machines.

The MotoGP riders were back at Sepang today for the second test of the 2015 preseason, greeted by higher temperatures as the track reach 56ºC. The day was all but brought to a premature end by a torrential storm two hours before the scheduled close, although some riders took the opportunity to complete some laps in the wet. Valentino Rossi clocked the fastest time of the day with a 2'00.414, holding off the challenge of no fewer than five Spanish riders.

It was a productive day for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team, who picked up where they left off at the end of the last Sepang test. Despite the suffocating heat both Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty worked hard on the electronics and chassis of their respective machines, both riders clocking their best laps during the hottest part of the day. The pair closed the gap to the lead riders in dry conditions and also took the opportunity to complete some valuable laps in wet conditions, with plenty more work to do over the next two days of the test.

Nicky Hayden: “On the first day of the last test we had to start with a series of short runs to test some electronics aspects but today we were able to get straight to work. There is a reason why we test here, which is that this is a huge circuit and you have to work on a lot of different things that can come up over the course of the season. Today we were already able to close the gap to the top guys compared to the last test and we have a good feeling with the bike. Now we have to keep working. We found a better feeling for the front suspension, which allows me to keep up my corner speed – especially in the fast corners. We did some laps in the wet this afternoon because we needed to try a couple of things with the electronics, which was useful. It has been a productive first day but we have a lot to test with the geometry and things like that over the next couple of days. We have more support from HRC at this second test and they have made some very useful suggestions.”

Eugene Laverty: “The positive thing for me is that we are back testing at the same circuit, so this isn't like the first day – more like the fourth. To have some prior information means that I can continue my learning process and have some much-needed consistency. We had some wet track time at Valencia but this was totally different, with a completely new bike. This afternoon was a good opportunity to find out how the electronics work in the wet and I was able to get a feel for the wet tyre performance. These tyres are different to anything I have tried in the past. We found a good way forward on the final day of the last test so today was a case of picking up where we left off.”

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

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