Márquez and Vierge complete productive test in Barcelona
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS has completed an intense day of work at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in which both Alex Márquez and Xavi Vierge tested new parts, geometry settings and Dunlop tyres.
- After winning the Gran Premio de Catalunya, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS was back on tracking testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday.
- Higher temperatures than Sunday’s race led to reduced grip levels, especially during the afternoon.
- Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS is now leaving Barcelona for Assen, where the eighth Grand Prix of the year will take place next week.
- Fresh and motivated after victory in Sunday's race, Alex Márquez tried different swingarm and rear shock options as well as different tyres provided by Dunlop.
- Variations to electronics focused on improving engine braking was also a focal point of the one-day test.
- At the end of the day, Márquez completed 97 laps and found a positive balance with some parts that could yield a positive advantage in the future.
“We focused on the geometry to improve the rear grip”
“It was a very satisfying test. We worked very hard and very well. We focused on the geometry to improve the rear grip. As with all tests, some things work and some things don't, but we think we have found some details that we hope will help us in Assen. The most important thing is that we have added many laps and kilometres and always enjoying being on the bike. I leave happy and very grateful to the team for the perseverance they always show.”
- The main focus for Xavi Vierge and his team was working on his riding position, with the objective to generate more rear grip.
- Xavi also worked with the different tyre options Dunlop brought to the test and was also able to assess the new swingarm.
- The number 97 bids farewell to Barcelona with good sensations and a total of 103 laps and 487 km completed.
“It has been a very important test in which we have taken a new step forward”
“It was a very important test. We have clear aspects to improve, so to be able to do so many laps is very positive. The team has worked very well. We improved the bike and I could ride a lot keeping a very similar set-up base. This allowed me to focus more on my riding and try to adapt more to the bike. I am mainly working on moving my body back to help the bike have more rear grip. All in all, it has been a very positive day in which we have taken a step forward. I hope that the results of today's work will be visible in Assen.”