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The newly launched DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team finished their 7 day testing program feeling confident for the 2015 Moto3™ season.
The team and riders were happy with the work done over the past week, as Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil focused on finding a good base setup on their new KTM Moto3™ bikes. The team will now return to Europe where they will prepare for the final test at Jerez.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It’s our final day here in Sepang and we’ve had good conditions once again. We still had a couple of things we wanted to try today but we’ve basically done everything that we came here to do. Jakub improved again his lap time on the race tyres, which we were very happy about. The pace he’s been running with those tyres is very good. He’s feeling confident and is happy with the feeling he has on the bike.
Similar with Fahmi we tried a couple of things with his set-up and he also improved his lap time. He’s a lot more comfortable with the bike and he said he is ready for Jerez. I think the whole team are prepared now and feeling positive about the final test. Of course it’s a track with different conditions to here but I think we’ve made a good base for both bikes that we can take with us to Jerez. Again I must thank Sepang International Circuit [SIC] and all of our sponsors and partners supporting us. It’s been a very positive three weeks for us here and we can’t wait for the next test and the season to start.”
#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
“I’m happy to have had another opportunity to ride my bike again today. We were able to improve the set-up more and it felt really good. We were immediately faster when we put in new tyres and much quicker than our previous test day. I think now we are ready to go to Jerez; we have a good base set-up and I’m feeling confident on the bike. I’m feeling positive and I look forward to heading to Spain to see what else we can achieve in the final test. I have a good crew around me and I must thank them for their hard work over the past few weeks. We have come a long way since the first day and I’m very happy about this.”
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
“Throughout this test we have been working very hard and have achieved a lot. Today was just the day for final checks and to make sure everything was OK with the set-up we had. We were just riding and making some laps but then we had an idea and so we tried another setting with the rear of the bike. This helped to further improve my KTM, so I asked to try it with a new tyre to see if I could make some fast laps. I ended up doing my fastest lap time so far, which was very good. We didn’t expect this because this last test day was not the day for making the perfect lap time, but we did. I’m very happy about this and I want to say a big thank you to my mechanics and especially my Crew Chief who had this idea and set up my bike very well. Finally I did this best lap time and still only using a medium tyre, so this means with the soft tyre we can go even faster. It’s great to finish like this; we are so happy, everybody is smiling and feeling positive about the next test at Jerez. I believe we have a very good bike and a good opportunity to make great results.”
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