McPhee and Sasaki back to Moto3 business at Jerez

2019-02-21 20:43
A week after completing a private test at the Sepang International Circuit, John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki were back to work with their respective technical crews at the Jerez – Angel Nieto Circuit today, as they continue developing their machines ahead of the upcoming 2019 Moto3 season. With favourable weather conditions on the opening day of three, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders evaluated a new engine from Honda as well as some new parts.

McPhee spent his day testing the new engine and some other new parts that Honda have brought to this test. The Scottish rider and his crew were keen to assess the performance of the new motor and worked throughout the day with medium tyres as they tried to find a strong and consistent pace. McPhee ended the opening day in 12th position, with a best time of 1’46.881 after 55 laps.

His teammate Ayumu Sasaki started out with the same base setting he established at Sepang, assessing its performance at a circuit with different characteristics and reporting positive feedback. The Japanese rider worked hard over his 51 laps, ending the day in 17th position with a best time of 1’47.114.

The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders and their technical staff will continue with official testing duties tomorrow and Friday here at the Jerez – Angel Nieto Circuit.

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#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"Today has been a good day. We have tested a lot of things that we had also tried at the test in Malaysia, seeing how they worked at a different circuit and confirming that we are on the right path. We started with the same set-up as the first day at Sepang and then changed it to what we had on the final day there. The idea was to see which was more suited to this track and it seems like the latter one is better here. I am happy with the way the day went - we have areas that we still need to improve but we are moving in the right direction."


#17 John McPhee
"It has been a very good first day here at Jerez. We continued to follow our plan to try and understand the new engine that Honda have brought, as well as the gearbox and in particular the engine braking. I am very impressed with the new motor, which seems to be a step forward. During the first two sessions we worked mainly on engine braking and the clutch to give us a good starting point. We didn’t use the soft tyre at all today but I am happy with the lap time on the medium, as well as the consistency. In general, we are very happy with the first day – we have things we want to try tomorrow but we have established a good base."

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RESULTS:
1. TONY ARBOLINO / Honda
1:46.153

2. SERGIO GARCIA / Honda
+0.045

3. GABRI RODRIGO / Honda
+0.094

4. LORENZO DALLA PORTA / Honda
+0.236

5. JAUME MASIA / KTM
+0.366

12. JOHN MCPHEE / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing
+0.728

17. AYUMU SASAKI / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing
+0.961
FULL CLASIFICATION
CIRCUIT INFORMATION:
Angel Nieto - Jerez Circuit

Lenght: 4.4km
Right Corners: 5
Left corners: 8
Longest straight: 607m
Width: 11m
Fastest Lap: 1:46.004
(Jorge Martín 2017)
Circuit Record: 1:46.723
(Brad Binder 2015)

Source: SIC Racing Team

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