Viñales and Gadea finish 2011 preseason with top ten laptimes
The test has been marked by irregular weather which on Friday prevented the riders from working normally due to rain and today forced them to finish the session earlier than scheduled because it also started to rain in the afternoon. Maverick stayed inside in the top five on all three days, on Friday he posted the second fastest time and confirmed his status as the revelation of the preseason, showing that his adaptation to the world championship goes very well.
His teammate Sergio Gadea went out on the wet track on Friday with not perfect laptimes, but yesterday and today he was able to ride normally and improved his laptimes to finish both days in the top ten. The Valencian rider is regaining the feeling of riding a 125cc bike after competing 2010 in Moto2 and he’s progressing constantly.
Both riders did over 60 laps today and made great advances in the settings of their Aprilias. With these test days the preseason has been finished and the next meet for all riders will be the first race of the year, the Qatar Grand Prix, which takes place on March 20th.
#25 MAVERICK VIÑALES (5º. 1’48.290, +0.850) “The first day we could not ride as much as we would have liked but overall it’s been three very positive days of testing. We’ve improved little by little, my progress is steady and my adaptation goes very good. I think this season we can fight with the riders who will compete for the title, although we still have a lot of work to do, so far we’re doing very well and this gives us a lot of strength and motivation to continue on this path. I am very well prepared for the first round of the year, the Grand Prix of Qatar, and although there we have the difficulty of not knowing the circuit which will take a bit for us to find a good rhythm, I think we can do a good battle and start the year with a good result. The bike is going very well and the team is working fantastic. I get along very well with my technicians and mechanics and this is very important.”
#33 SERGIO GADEA (9º. 1’48.550, +1.110): It takes me a bit to adapt back to 125cc and regain the feeling with this bike, but I think we’re on the right track. Now the important thing, even though doing a good laptime and being ahead always gives you a boost, is to recover the feeling of the class and I had to change the references I had from when I last competed in 125cc. We changed the base we had and things were going better. This afternoon I improved my laptime from yesterday by a second and a half and although I’m still a bit away from the laptimes I should be doing and the ones of the fastest, little by little we’re getting there. The bike was great and I get on with the team very well, we’re still getting to know each other but at the moment the feeling is great. There is a good communication and they understand exactly what I want to tell them. We are on a good way and if we continue with it I’m sure we’ll be ahead and be competitive. The championship is about to start and now we focus on the Grand Prix of Qatar, where we hope things will go well and we can start giving a sample of our true potential.”