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Weather slows down Leopard Racing’s Moto3™ test plan

Weather slows down Leopard Racing’s Moto3™ test plan

The three riders of the Leopard Racing team end the Jerez test after making the most of the second and final day.

A single but important day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera for the Leopard Racing team came to a close. Sunday’s weather reduced the test to a single day due to strong gusts of wind that at times had reached 70km/h, thereby preventing all riders present from lapping the Andalusian track. Technicians and mechanics took the opportunity to study, measure and better understand the KTM RC 250 GP. 

The bikes from Mattighofen were able to put their wheels on the track Monday, on the second and final day of testing, which welcomed the riders with mild temperatures, fortunately very different from those of the day before. Despite the lack of asphalt grip, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir and Andrea Locatelli took advantage of all the time available to them, lapping continuously until the end of the day.

Testing continues next week, on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th, again at the Jerez Circuit.

Fabio QUARTARARO: "It’s been a very busy day, but really positive. In the morning the wind bothered us and the track had no grip, but we ended up being satisfied. We have tried many things; I even completed 99 laps, at the end I also caught a good time. My team did a good job; I want to thank them all. I can go home with a smile and with more confidence for the next test."

Joan MIR: "I'm pretty happy with how things went in this first event here in Jerez. We made a big step forward compared to the first outing at Montmelo. We must try to improve more on the front and with grip. All day long I kept a good pace and, I did not get the perfect lap, we can look forward having found a good set-up."

Andrea LOCATELLI: "Too bad that we had only one day instead of two. Yesterday there was too much wind and the track was wet: we preferred not to run. Today, apart from some movement in the rear in the morning, we were able to locate the right direction and, consequently, to improve lap after lap. I am especially pleased because I have been consistent and in the end I made a good lap time."

Moto3, 2016, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Andrea Locatelli, Leopard Racing

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