Busy final day for Faubel and Martin at Aragon test
At 5.30 PM the private two-day test for 125cc and Moto2 riders at Motorland Aragon came to an end. Again the dominant factor was the high temperature, though the clouds have somewhat mitigated the feeling of the heat. In the 125cc class, the session was marked by the absence of championship leader Nico Terol, who tested everything yesterday and did not go out on track today. The 125cc riders have continued working to improve and consequently most laptimes were better than on the first day.
The Bankia Aspar riders started the day shortly before 10 AM knowing that they had much work ahead of them and should use the time. Hector Faubel completed no less than 55 laps, during both days the Valenciano did a whole of 533.19 km on the Motorland Circuit. Hector has put in as many laps as possible to establish good references on the Aragon track and to find the best chassis setup. Thanks to the good result of those tests he rode most of the day at a pace of two minutes per lap and improved his fastest laptime from the first day by four tenths of a second.
His teammate Adrian Martin also improved. The rider from Chiva worked only during the morning session, but managed to improve his best laptime from yesterday by eight tenths and left Motorland satisfied.
Hector Faubel 2’00.70 (55 laps): “The test today was much better than the first day. Yesterday I rode comfortably but could not improve my time. This morning I was the same, but then we made a change to the chassis and that was the key. By lifting the rear part of the bike I found it much easier to turn in the fast corners. I’m pretty happy because as a result of that change I constantly lapped around 2’00. The only thing we lacked is to improve the laptime a little more, but anyway I am satisfied with the result. With no reference of a 125cc bike at this circuit it took me longer than I expected to get the feeling, fortunately in the end I got it and this information is very useful to us. The bike worked well and we were able to find the best setup for the next race.”
Adrian Martin 2’01.60 (37 laps): “This morning we did several tests to rule out the bad options and to find a good setup for the next Grand Prix. From the start I pushed hard because I wanted to improve my laptime from yesterday and also get closer to my limit. We have put on a number of exhausts and we tried a new configuration for the rear shock. I managed to maintain a steady pace at low 2’02s and I posted a few laps of 2’01. I’m happy but I’m not yet entirely clear about the right gear ratio for this circuit. Aside from that I believe that our work has been very positive and the solutions found here will be useful for the near future.”
Source: Bankia Aspar Team