McPhee and Sasaki find improvements at Barcelona test

2019-05-22 16:26
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders complete two days of private testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Just days on from the team's first victory in the Moto3 World Championship, courtesy of rider John McPhee, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing continued their work on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Spain. McPhee and team-mate Ayumu Sasaki participated in a private test, improving the setup of their bikes over the course of more than 120 laps apiece.

McPhee carried over his good form from the French GP at the test, working with the same base setup as at Le Mans. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider focused his work on trying out small modifications to the bike geometry, as well as different setups for the front fork and rear shock.

Sasaki made positive changes to the setup of his Honda. The Japanese rider took an important step forward with his own geometry adjustments and felt much more comfortable on the bike. He was able to confirm the improvements over the course of an extensive amount of laps, improving confidence in the process.

The next round of the 2019 Moto3 season for the pair will be the Italian GP, held at Mugello from May 31st-June 2nd.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"After a tough weekend at Le Mans, we needed a test to evaluate my bike and my riding style. I am happy to have done this test, which has allowed us to study what was missing over the first five races. Yesterday we started with the same setup as at Le Mans, and I did not feel so good on the bike. We worked on the geometry of the bike, something that we can't do easily during GP weekends because of time restraints. These changes have given us very positive results, I have regained confidence and I have been able to enjoy myself without stressing so much. We leave here satisfied and we hope to apply these changes at the next round at Mugello."

#17 John McPhee
"I'm very happy. We have had two very productive days here in Barcelona. We haven't changed too much in terms of our setup from Le Mans, instead focusing mainly on my riding, changing small things to improve my feeling even more. I think we have taken a good step forward; I was able to set good times, but the most important thing is that we ran a very good pace with used tyres. After a great weekend like we had at Le Mans, it's always good to confirm your good feeling, and that is what we have done over these two days at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Now I'm looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix."

Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit

Lenght: 4.627m
Right Corners: 8
Left corners: 6
Longest straight: 1.047m
Width: 12m
Fastest Lap: 1:48.806
(Enea Bastianini 2018)
Circuit Record: 1:49.005
(Jaume Masia 2018)

Source: SIC Racing Team

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