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GP Week : Issue 215
MOTOGP >>> news storm before the testing cALm MotoGP’s test ban kicks in next week but it will be a busy time before calendars turn to December. With no testing permitted during December and January, there will be plenty of machinery on-track at Jerez. The Factory Gresini Aprilia team will test at the Spanish venue, Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri getting kilometres on their new steeds, joined by Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales (above) and Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz for NGM Forward Racing. Ducati are also expected to be hard at it in what is expected to be the final test of Ducati’s GP14.2. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso will test prior to getting their hands on the new GP15 in February. Avinitia Racing will also be present with GP14s for Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio. In Malaysia, Honda will run its new RC213V-RS, with Jack Miller and Hiroshi Aoyama testing the Open class racer. MOTO3 TEAMS ADAPT TO NEW RULES Riders and teams are working hard to adapt to new machinery and rules in post-season Moto3 testing. A cut in the maximum engine revs from 14,000 to 13,500 has the teams working hard to make up for lost speed, and early indications are that they have been successful. Red Bull KTM’s revised line-up of Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika returned to Valencia and came away pleased with their results. “This test has been very positive,” said star recruit Oliveira. “I felt much more comfortable with both the bike and the team, who are helping me a lot. We have set good lap times and a very good pace. [Tuesday] and today we tested the new 2015 KTM; although it was the first time with it, the feeling was very good. This gives me a lot of motivation to keep working hard in the winter and if possible get stronger for next season.” While the Portuguese has moved from Mahindra to KTM, one man going the other way seems equally happy. After losing his VR46 team Francesco Bagnaia was very impressed with his first taste of Aspar’s new machines. “I like the bike more every time I ride it and the team is helping me to improve the way I work, so we are all very happy,” he said. “We are gradually building a solid foundation and hopefully we can continue like this. I have felt comfortable with my technical staff from the very beginning and we are already starting to see the effect of that on track.” Still, Honda appears to be the team to beat. Unofficially, Honda continues to set the pace with Niccolo Antonelli leading the way. 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: