Pull&Bear Aspar Team round off two productive test days in Austria2016-07-20 10:50
Yonny Hernández and Eugene Laverty conclude testing at the venue for the next MotoGP World Championship round, satisfied with the performance of their bikes
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The track at Spielberg, Austria, which debuts on the World Championship calendar this year, hosted a two-day test for the majority of MotoGP teams this week. The top performers were the Ducati riders, who dominated proceedings through Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, followed by test rider Casey Stoner –just six tenths back- and Hector Barbera in eighth. Behind the top two were Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró, all between nine tenths and a second slower. The only MotoGP riders missing from the test were Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, who will have to wait until Friday, August 12th and the first Free Practice for the Austrian GP.
Like the other Ducati riders, the Pull&Bear Aspar Team duo of Yonny Hernández and Eugene Laverty shone on the two days at Spielberg. The quickest of the pair was Hernández, who concluded the test in tenth place. In the morning session on Wednesday he clocked the third quickest time of 1.24.396, just six tenths off the factory riders, and in the afternoon session he put looking for a fast time on the backburner –instead focusing on preparing for the August 14th race. The Colombian tried different traction control mapping and a new swingarm during the 76 laps he put in on Wednesday. Laverty set his best time (a 1.24.497) in the afternoon. He put in 59 laps, with his work centred around adjusting different aspects of the geometry of his Ducati and the front fork -the latter a change that he had been waiting for several races to test.
10th Yonny Hernández 1.24.396 (76 laps):“"In the morning we finished third, behind the two factory Ducatis, with a good time of 1.24.396. In the afternoon we worked with more of a focus on finding a good pace for the race: We tried different mapping, traction control and a swingarm, without looking for a quick lap time. We had some problems with the rear tyre, which degraded fairly quickly. We'll have to see what tyres Michelin bring here for the race.”
12th Eugene Laverty 1.24.497 (59 laps):"We have made quite a bit of progress at this test. We managed to be consistent and find a good pace, rather than just setting one-off quick laps. We spent almost all the time in the same time range. We worked on the geometry of the bike and the front fork in order to improve my feeling. We had wanted to try it out for a while, but hadn’t been able to until now, and it was a good step forward.”
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