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Espargaro: “We need more testing”

Espargaro: “We need more testing”

A busy Sepang test concludes for Aleix Espargaro who tests two frames on Wednesday.

Team Suzuki Ecstar came to Sepang with many new parts to test including a revised engine, chassis and gearbox. Throughout the three days Aleix Espargaro had been running back to back tests to compare the new and old parts to provide the engineers back in Japan with vital data for further development. During the intense schedule he managed to set a best time of 2’01.623, putting him 13th and just behind his teammate Maverick Viñales. Despite being outside the top ten, both Suzukis are pleased with the overall progress, but aware they need more time to test. Fortunately the MotoGP™ grid will head to Phillip Island in two weeks for more testing.

Aleix Espargaro: “Today it’s been a difficult day because of the rain but I also had some positives. This morning we used the new engine with 2015 chassis and I had very positive feelings. We were very competitive and close to the top. In the afternoon we switched to the 2016 chassis but I couldn’t find a proper feeling, we need more testing to find a more effective configuration. At the beginning I would have liked to have continued with last year’s, but we must keep in mind that we are here for testing all news things and to send feedback to Japan so that they can further improve. The new chassis is still young, it’s normal it has some troubles and we need some more time to finalise it.

“I feel we have made positive improvements with the seamless and the electronics, as well as with the tyres. The confidence with the front-end has improved a lot and also the corner speed is faster. This was only the first real test, it’s true that we have had some troubles, but it’s part of the game and this is exactly the purpose why we are here. Tomorrow we fly to Japan to do some testing in the wind tunnel, they will probably help me to find better protection from the air since I am a pretty tall rider; and then we go to Australia where we will still have many things to try. The Factory is working really hard to deliver us improvements and updates, we keep working on pretty much all aspects; chassis, engine, gearbox, electronics and there is much room for improvement, but I feel totally positive about this.”

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