Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS bids farewell to Jerez with fruitful day of testing
Alex Márquez and Xavi Vierge completed an intense day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto today. New parts, geometry experiments and adjustments to base settings were the lines of work on both sides of the box.
- A little more than 24 hours after crossing the finish line in the Spanish Grand Prix, theTeam Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders were back in action to carry out an official test day at the Jerez Angel Nieto circuit.
- The test consisted of three sessions of just over an hour each and were carried out in warm conditions.
- The next time Márquez and Vierge will be back on track is scheduled for Friday, May 17 at the legendary Le Mans circuit, with the first free practice sessions of the Grand Prix de France.
- Despite a fall in Sunday's Jerez race, which caused an injury to the index finger on his left hand, Alex completed his entire workplan set for this test.
- Changing the geometry of the bike, assessing new parts for both the front and rear, and working with engine maps was the focus of work in the first two sessions for Alex. In the afternoon, he tried a new rear tyre from Dunlop.
- The number 73 completed 70 laps in the three sessions and the work carried out today achieved the objective of confirming a good base set up with his Kalex machine and the conclusions obtained were positive.
“We understand more and more details that can make a difference”
“I was really looking forward to getting back on the bike to put Sunday’s race behind me. I did it and I enjoyed it. We tried a lot of things and some were positive and some not so positive, but the important thing is that everything was very clear in terms of what worked and what didn't work. Adding laps and adding kilometres we understand more and more details that can make a difference. It's been a productive day so I'm leaving very happy and looking forward to Le Mans.”
- Xavi completed 59 laps on a test day in which he started working on his position on the bike.
- The geometry and balance of the bike have been other aspects that Xavi and his team were developing, with the aim of improving rear feeling with the Kalex chassis.
- The intense work carried out allowed the Catalan rider to leave Jerez with good feelings to face the next Grand Prix with high expectations.
“We tried a different base and at the end of the day I was riding very fast”
“I am very happy. Today was a key day to be able to prove things that you can't do during a Grand Prix. The team has worked very hard and very well. We tried a different base and little by little we adapted it. At the end of the day I was riding very fast with a used tyre, which is what counts for the race. Without a doubt, the work and information that has come out of here will be useful for Le Mans.”