Márquez and Mir gear up for Le Mans with successful Mugello test
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Moto2 riders Álex Márquez and Joan Mir will head into the French Grand Prix weekend at Le Mans with confidence, having today completed a successful test at the Mugello circuit in Italy.
Rain was an issue on both of the two test days, bringing the opening day to a premature conclusion shortly after the lunch break, while infrequent showers halted proceedings temporarily in the early afternoon of day two.
Neither Márquez nor Mir had anything new to test at Mugello, but the two days allowed both riders to work on refining base set up further, having completed four races this season.
For Márquez and Mir the focus during the two days at Mugello was on improving stability in the turns, starting with braking then at maximum lean angle and finally under acceleration on corner exit.
The two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders now head to Le Mans and the fifth round of the 2018 Moto2 World Championship keen to make up for the disappointment of the Jerez race, which saw Márquez crash out of the leading group and Mir unable to realise his full potential due to a debilitating bout of gastroenteritis.
“These two days in Mugello were good for us. We weren't working on the big things, but rather the small improvements that are so important in such a competitive class as Moto2. We also did a lot of work and collected a lot of data for both Kalex and Öhlins in support of their respective development programs. Now we go to Le Mans, a very different track to Mugello, so we know the bike will be completely different in terms of set up. The Bugatti circuit is very stop start, which doesn't really suit my riding style, but I was fast there last year and we head there this time with the podium as our target on Sunday.”
“This has been a very productive two-day test for us here in Mugello. We have tried many things with the bike, some with positive results while others didn't work quite so well, but it has increased my understanding of this bike and given us a good base for the next race in France. It will be my first time on the Moto2 bike at Le Mans, a beautiful track that I like and one at which I enjoyed racing at in Moto3. We will see how it is on the Moto2 during free practice, but I hope to be as competitive there as in the first four races.”