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Moto2 teams use Valencia for day’s testing

Moto2 teams use Valencia for day’s testing

Championship front runner Julián Simón and young British rider Scott Redding were amongst the various intermediate category riders present at the World Championship circuit on Monday.

Eight Moto2 World Championship riders took to the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia on Monday to fine tune their machines in preparation for Round 12 of the 2010 World Championship this weekend, the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón.

Leading the unofficial timesheet was Mapfre Aspar rider Julián Simón, currently sitting second in the Moto2 standings, as the Spaniard continued the work he started at the same venue last Wednesday.

“It’s been a very positive day just like the one last week,” said Simón, who completed 72 laps with a best unofficial time of 1’36.6. “We continued working on the suspension and were able to test different connecting parts. The idea was to compare them so that we can move forward with the aspects that worked well here. After this session we have a good base with which to approach Aragón. The setting is good, better than the other day, but I’m even more pleased with the positive sensations I had on the bike.”

Following Simón on the timesheet was Forward Racing’s Frenchman Jules Cluzel, with Spaniard Héctor Faubel completing the top three. Also on track was Faubel’s Marc VDS team-mate Scott Redding, who was riding for the first time since his crash at Misano.

"It was good to get back on the bike today at Valencia. It took a few laps for me to get back the feeling for the bike and the tyres, but I was pretty much on it by the end of the day,” said the 17 year-old British rider after his 53 laps. “I had the stitches out of my back this morning just before the test and, apart from a bit of rubbing from my back protector, everything felt fine.”

He added: “I'm looking forward to this weekend's race at Aragón. The track is pretty special with a little bit of everything; fast corners, slow corners and a couple of long straights. We had a hard weekend at Misano two weeks ago, as did the whole Grand Prix paddock, but I want to bounce back this weekend with another good result."

There were three extra riders on track, one of which was Román Ramos who will ride as a wild card at Aragón this weekend for the MIR Racing team.

Unofficial times:

1. Julián Simón, Mapfre Aspar Team – 1’36.6 (72 laps)
2. Jules Cluzel, Forward Racing – 1’37.5 (75 laps)
3. Héctor Faubel, Marc VDS Racing Team – 1’38.1 (77 laps)
4. Román Ramos, MIR Racing – 1’38.3 (25 laps)
5. Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG – 1’38.4 (42 laps)
6. Ricard Cardús, Maquinza SAG – 1’38.4 (58 laps)
7. Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing – 1’38.5 (53 laps)
8. Mike di Meglio, Mapfre Aspar Team – 1’38.5 (57 laps)
9. Dominique Aegerter,Technomag-CIP – 1’39.0 (44 laps)

Moto2, 2010, Julian Simon, Forward Racing, Technomag-CIP, Mapfre Aspar Team, Maquinza-SAG Team, Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG

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