Positive debut for Augusto Fernández and Sam Lowes in Valencia
The Estrella Galicia 0.0 Team Marc VDS is already working toward the 2020 season with two days of private testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where main objectives included working on ergonomics, settings, establishing an initial base set-up and gaining kilometres.
- Sun and pleasant temperatures accompanied the two days of private testing that took place at the Valencia track as preparations for the 2020 season got underway.
- Augusto Fernández and Sam Lowes made their debuts aboard the new Kalex chassis. During the two days they got a feel for their new bikes and began fine-tuning the gearing with the help of their new technical teams.
Augusto Fernández, 152 laps:
- The #37 dedicated much of the test to ergonomic work. Once he found a comfortable riding position, he and the team focussed on establishing a base setting.
- Augusto spent time on the new front tyre that Dunlop has prepared for 2020. In addition to a new profile, the new rubber is wider than the one used in 2019.
- Although there are still many things to perfect, the Majorcan rider and his team are satisfied with the results and the information obtained after two days of intense work and 152 laps of running.
“We’re moving in the right way”
“I’m very happy. During these two days we met with the team and discussed our way of working. We fit together really well. It’s been a very positive test in which I think we have reached a good base and a good starting point to continue moving forward. We’re going slowly, taking slow but sure steps. I think we’re doing things in the right way. At the start of each run I grew in confidence with both the motorcycle and the equipment and in the last runs we put in some very competitive times. That’s the best sign that we’re on the right track. ”
Sam Lowes, 148 laps:
- After several days getting to know his new team, the Briton worked on setting up his new Kalex and finding his favoured riding position on the bike.
- The new Dunlop tyres and the geometry work were also present in Sam Lowes’ detailed testing list. The #22 tested a new chassis and worked with his team to get a more manageable motorcycle.
- Sam showed great adaptability by setting very good times throughout. He ended the two days of testing with 148 laps of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit to his name.
“I couldn’t wait to get on this bike”
“After not being able to ride at Jerez because of the rain, I couldn’t wait to get on this bike. The feelings have been really good. I’m very impressed with the way the team works. I’ve felt very welcome and had the feeling that we’re all moving in the same direction from the very first moment. We tried many things on the bike and I think we’re going in the right direction. We tested the new Dunlop front tyre and, despite it being quite different, I liked it a lot. Overall it’s been a very positive test and I’m really happy with the work we’ve done.”