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2016 upgrades and bike swap in post-Misano Moto2™ test

2016 upgrades and bike swap in post-Misano Moto2™ test

The Moto2™ grid was in full swing with its end-of-season and 2016 preparations at a one-day test in Misano following the race on Sunday.

As well as new front and rear tyres, a new Kalex frame was present, as was a new Speed Up rider.

After announcing his departure from the Italtrans Racing team following the race, Finnish rider Mika Kallio got his first run out on with his new QMMF Team on the Speed Up chassis. His initial feeling was more positive, saying he had more feedback from the front-end of the bike, yet said he still needs more time to give a thorough assessment.

Another significant development was that Rookies Alex Marquez and Alex Rins were both charged with testing different variations of the 2016 Kalex frame. They both noted some positives, giving Kalex a further indication as to what direction to take for next year.

Part of testing the new chassis also involved trying a new Dunlop front tyre with a slightly rounder profile. Other riders trying this were AGR’s Jonas Folger and QMMF’s Julian Simon, with Simon in particular stating that it felt less stable during cornering – though also conceded that track conditions weren’t ideal to give a correct assessment.

Dunlop also brought a new Extra Hard rear slick for the riders to try, designed to give more grip and feedback than the model currently available, though with conditions not ideal, not many could give it the run out that they wanted to.

Technomag Racing Interwetten’s Dominique Aegerter was still feeling a bit sore from yesterday’s crash when he was taken out by Rins in the race, though still managed to run through a raft of geometry settings, giving his team a better idea of how to cope with various situations in the races still left on the calendar.

Reigning World Champion Tito Rabat spent the day assessing new Öhlins front and rear suspension, whilst the man looking to steal his crown, Ajo’s Johann Zarco, also assessed new components from his suspension supplier WP. Zarco however suffered a small crash in his second run, and decided to cut the day short.

Gresini’s Xavier Simeon solely focussed on set-up and trying to regain the confidence he has lost since the Sachsenring, as did yesterday’s podium sitter, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami. Alongside him in the box, Ratthapark Wilairot got a run out on Azlan Shah’s Kalex machine, though Shah was also able to use some track time to confirm set-up. Sam Lowes was one of the high profile names not to test today.

The Moto2™ grid is back in action on the 27th September at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

Moto2, 2015

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