After the MotoGP™ riders were on testing duty at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday, it was the turn of 23 Moto2™ riders and four Moto3™ riders to spin some important laps.
EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Alex Marquez is currently the man to beat in the intermediate class after three wins from three and the Championship leader stayed in Barcelona to confirm whether the setup they’ve been using so far is the correct one, with teammate Xavi Vierge also testing setups, in addition to improving his riding style.
Tom Lüthi and Dynavolt Intact GP teammate Marcel Schrötter were trying new spec tyres for Dunlop, as well as testing different brake discs, different suspension specifications and the geometry of their Kalex bikes. Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) and ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team riders Remy Gardner and Tetsuta Nagashima were also testing the new Dunlop tyres, which include one front and two rear, as well as different chassis configurations.
#CatalanGP #Moto2 #Postrace test in on. Obviously it feels not easy to out on track because the nice weather would invite for something different … Nevertheless, a huge workload is to be done. #MS23 with @IntactGP #PoweredbyTriumph at sunny @Circuitcat_eng pic.twitter.com/wKQyt4oCnw— Marcel Schrötter (@MarcelSchrotter) June 18, 2019
It was another important day for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders of Brad Binder and Jorge Martin. Results haven’t been going their way in 2019 as the Austrian factory continue to work hard to give their riders a better bike and on Tuesday, both Binder and Martin were testing parts on the chassis and suspension, as well as setting for the race. Martin crashed unhurt at Turn 1.
For Speed Up, both Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio were out on track to try some different settings. After injuring his ankle away from the circuit on Monday, Di Giannantonio finished his day early. The Italian will be fit for Assen as Speed Up aim to continue their strong start to the season, with Navarro crashing at Turn 10 – rider ok.
Nagashima and NTS RW Racing GP’s Steven Odendaal crashed at Turns 8 and 7 respectively – riders ok.
In the Moto3™ class, Championship leader Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) was joined on track by Honda Team Asia duo Ai Ogura and Kaito Toba, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Can Öncü also staying in Barcelona. Canet was working on the suspension, as well as geometry and his position on the bike. The Spaniard crashed at Turn 4 – rider ok.
Catch the Moto2™ and Moto3™ riders in action on Friday 28th June for Dutch GP FP1 and FP2.