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Pons Racing and Tech3 make progress at Valencia

Pons Racing and Tech3 make progress at Valencia

The Moto2 teams took their evolving 600cc 4-stroke prototypes out at the Spanish circuit this week, as preparations for the start of the season continue.

The Pons Racing and Tech3 Moto2 teams were both present at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia this week as they undertook further testing on their developing machines for the inaugural 2010 season.

It was the second time this month that Tech3 had visited the track, and weather again affected proceedings. Team boss Hervé Poncharal was pleased with what was accomplished nevertheless by riders Raffaele de Rosa and Yuki Takahashi and the technical staff.

“We got four hours on track on Thursday. We would have liked to have more time of course, but what we got done was very good,” he explained. “The first time we went to Valencia we had a bit of chatter, this seems to be gone. We had a different swingarm, rigidity, fork and shock adjustments, so we got through a lot but not everything. We have some great feedback and some good direction for Montmeló.”

He added: “The good relationship between Raffaele and Yuki is very interesting, they cooperate a lot. They work really well together and exchange information about what they’ve been testing. They’ll push each other a lot as well this season. We have two top riders.”

For Pons Racing it was their first test of 2010 on the Pons Kalex bike that Sergio Gadea and Axel Pons will ride this season, and the duo managed nearly 150 laps between themselves on Thursday.

“Today (Thursday) we were able to run both bikes for the first time and we tried different set-ups on each chassis,” explained Team Manager, Sito Pons. “We’ve also been optimising the telemetry. On Wednesday the weather was bad and we couldn’t do anything and temperatures on Thursday were low which meant the track was cold, but we managed to do a few laps and the technical team could familiarise themselves with the two bikes and riders.”

He added: “This test allowed us to make good progress in the development of the bike, which was the main objective. I think we have a very good basis for the next test at Montmeló.”

Both teams will continue working on their prototypes at Circuit de Catalunya, when the three-day test from February 17-19 takes place just outside Barcelona.

Moto2, 2010, Raffaele de Rosa

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