Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport Moto3 News
MAPFRE Team Mahindra Moto3, test Jerez de la Frontera May 5th 2015
Intense day of testing for Pecco Bagnaia at Jerez
MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider completes 76 laps on day of testing following Spanish GP
The action continued today at Jerez, after the Spanish GP held last weekend at the track. The Moto3 riders carried on from the MotoGP field, who tested yesterday, with a test of their own on Tuesday. The sun was out for the entirety of the test, from 10:00 to 18:00, with half of the grid riding nonstop. Today was a day with no timing and no pressure, as the Moto3 riders staying on at Jerez tested out everything necessary to get ready for the next round: The French Grand Prix.
Right after the track opened, Pecco Bagnaia began his working day –which would last until six in the afternoon. The MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider completed 76 laps, in which he carried out a multitude of tests. Various configurations for the suspension and seat were tried out, plus work with new tyres brought by Dunlop to the test. Exhausted at the end of the day, the Italian was pleased with his findings and confident that he will be able to take advantage of them at the next race.
Teammate Jorge Martín, was not able to do much work today. An incident early in the morning saw him spend much of the day in the garage. With two hours remaining, he reemerged to undertake some testing.
Pecco Bagnaia (76 laps)
“Today we completed many laps, and we practically didn’t stop riding all day. With so much time on track, we were able to try different configurations and solutions for our bike. We also tested some electronic mapping which proved positive. Finally, we tested some new tyres that Dunlop have given us and which we will also use at Le Mans. These new tyres give you more grip with the rear, however it seems that the feeling with the front is lower. Overall, I am satisfied with the pace and with today’s times. Now that we have drawn many conclusions from this test, we will go to Le Mans with greater confidence.”
Jorge Martín (25 laps)
“This morning we suffered a crash just right at the start, which conditioned our work. We lost a lot of time, but luckily I escaped uninjured and could continue working in the afternoon. In the last two hours of the day we tried various settings for the front fork and also several seat positions. We did not have time to draw many conclusions, but at least we were able to accumulate more kilometres with the Mahindra.”