ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM START 2018 WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
. By Bikeland Staff
Albert Arenas and Andrea Migno conclude two days of testing with their new KTM bikes, placing high up the timesheets in Valencia
As he did in 2017, Jorge Martín leaves Valencia with the top spot in Moto3, this time in the first preseason training session of 2018. The Spanish rider was the fastest in the two days of tests at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo this week, in which Enea Bastianini and Marco Bezzechi were one tenth off that best time set by Martin. Now the riders in the Moto3 class move on to Jerez, where the preseason tests will continue from February 12th-14th.
Albert Arenas completed this first preseason test in Valencia with a best time of 1:40.083, putting him eighth out of the twenty-four riders present this week. The Angel Nieto Team rider completed a total of 62 laps over two days, and was able to take practically one second off his best time from yesterday. Arenas was satisfied with the work done over these two days and hopes to continue this upward trend at the Jerez test. Teammate Andrea Migno was thirteenth, after lowering his times from yesterday by a second and a half. The Italian was the fastest on the Valencian track in the last session of the day, in which -due to the low temperature- the riders failed to cut further tenths off their times. In total, he put in 78 laps in two positive days with his new team, with whom he hopes to continue growing.
8th Albert Arenas 1:40.083 (38 laps): "I like the bike a lot. I'm adapting well to it. We can’t relax, in any case. We started from a standard base and we will continue working on it at Jerez to look for a good setup for the whole season. I like the steps we are taking and we are among the Top 10, which is the main goal for this season. It's early to think about what we can achieve this year; there are still tests remaining to see what positions we can be fighting for in 2018."
12+1 Andrea Migno 1:40.516 (50 laps): "I finish this first preseason test happy, especially with the work done with the team. We started a bit far off the pace, but working on what I needed to most, and in the end we managed to have a good test. The best part was the positive work we have done to get a good pace and a good feeling. I don’t care about the lap time right now; I think everything we've been doing in general these two days is more important."