RAIN HITS TEST FOR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM IN JEREZ2018-03-06 11:43
Final pre-season test starts with unstable weather conditions at the Andalusian circuit
Aron Canet, the fastest rider on track in Jerez today, will be one of the men to beat this season, along with riders like Enea Bastianini or Jorge Martín. All of them were amongst the fastest on the first day of testing at the Andalusian track, where the minor category teams and riders this week complete their preseason tests. This is their final rehearsal before the curtain is raised on the 2018 season next week in Qatar, and it was Canet who ended the first day with the fastest time (1: 46.642), three tenths better than any of his rivals. Bastianini ended the day second fastest, ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and debutant Alonso López.
On a day of unstable weather conditions, the Angel Nieto Team riders were only able to make the most of one of the three one hour and ten minute sessions they had available. Andrea Migno clocked a 1'47.883 on his return to Jerez, after a previous test here. The Italian regained his good feeling with the bike from the beginning of the session and has continued working with his team from where he left off in the previous test. He was also one of the fastest riders on track when it was wet: first in the morning session, second in the afternoon session. For his part, Albert Arenas has not felt as comfortable with his new KTM and the lack of track time has gone against him. The Spaniard concluded this first day with a best time of 1'49.296 after completing a total of 18 laps of the Andalusian track.
10th Andrea Migno 1:47.883 (38 laps): "Of the three sessions today, we had good weather in one, in the rest we had intermittent rain that left the track in mixed conditions. Anyway, I felt pretty good, we started from where we left off and from the beginning I recovered the good feeling. We have to keep working, especially on the set-up, but we still have a couple of days to do it before we travel to Qatar.”
26th Albert Arenas 1:49.296 (18 laps): "Today has been an unproductive day, we have done a few laps and they have not helped us to find any rhythm or continue with the adaptation to the bike. The conditions have not helped me to have a good feeling with the bike and that has slowed our schedule down a bit. In the last session, for example, on the wet track, we preferred not to go out to avoid risks and thus be able to start tomorrow from scratch. I want to be able to have a full day tomorrow and to get the most out of the test.”
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