Márquez and Morbidelli wrap up successful Aragon test
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Moto2 riders Álex Márquez and Franco Morbidelli today completed a two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.
It was a positive test for both riders, despite intermittent rain showers slightly disrupting proceedings on the second of the two days.
Jerez race winner Márquez tested a frame modification requested by the team over the course of the two-days, running back-to-back comparison tests with the standard Kalex chassis he has campaigned in the four races so far this season.
Márquez also tested a new front fork from Öhlins on the standard chassis, with positive results. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider declared himself happy with both his pace and consistency over the course of the two-day test.
Morbidelli also tested the new front fork from Öhlins, along with a number of different suspension and geometry settings on his Kalex Moto2 machine.
Like his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Morbidelli was happy with progress made during the two days, despite the loss of track time due to the inclement weather.
Between them Morbidelli and Márquez have won all four of the Moto2 races so far this season, with Morbidelli taking victory in Qatar, Argentina and the United States and Márquez claiming the win last time out at Jerez.
It is a record the two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders are keen to maintain when they head next week to a resurfaced Le Mans track, host to the fifth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship.
“I'm happy with the two days here at Motorland Aragon, mainly because we've been able to confirm the direction we took with the bike for the first four races was the correct one and that we are working in a good way. We tried many things on the bike, so it wasn't possible to push for a one-off fast lap, especially with the rain today, but the rhythm was really good and the feeling was like Jerez, with everything coming easy. Now we head to Le Mans for the next race. The circuit has been resurfaced since the last time we raced there, but in the past it's been a good track for us and we go to France looking to push for a good result like we did in Jerez.”
“I feel really good about the test here at Aragon. We worked well and I think we've made some improvements to our bike, so I'm happy about that and now I'm looking forward to next week's French Grand Prix. I like the Le Mans track and it's one at which I've been quite fast during my World Championship career. I'm interested to see how the new tarmac will work, but we head there to do the same as always; work hard, put in a good practice and, hopefully, a good race.”