Espargaro, Rabat and Pons gaining confidence with each lap at Jerez

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Pol Espargaró was able to improve his best laptime from the first day at Jerez by four tenths, finishing the second day with a time of 1.42.8, something only Thomas Luthi and Scott Redding also managed. Tito Rabat and Axel Pons also improved, posting 1.43.2 and 1.44.00, respectively.

The three Pons 40 HP Tuenti riders continued with their technical plans for this test, although in the afternoon they were halted due to some raindrops arriving at the track. Tomorrow they will continue test of the setup for their Kalex Pons machines with their eyes firmly set on the first race of the season at Qatar.

POL ESPARGARÓ, 1.42.8 (49 laps)
“Every time I go out on track I improve ma laptimes, just like I did last week at Cheste, and this makes me satisfied and confident in my possibilities. The Pons Kalex has some great potential and I think when we work hard we can get an excellent performance out of it. This afternoon we planned to test several technical solutions, but it started to drizzle and we were back in the box early. Tomorrow we will continue our tests, one of them of a new tyre compound which some of the others already tested and we aim to finish the test with a good laptime and a good feeling.”

TITO RABAT, 1.43.2 (44 laps)
“I am very happy with how things are going, above all because the bike gives me a lot of confidence and the team offers me new technical solutions continuiously. I like working this way and it shows in the laptimes. In the afternoon the rain kept us from doing as many laps as we’d have liked, but we still have all of tomorrow to keep searching for my limits and those of the bike and find the form for the start of the world championship.”

AXEL PONS, 1.44.0 (49 laps)
“We’ve been testing the geometry and some options for the setup and we’ve managed to improve our best lap a lot like in the past. I’m happy with how these test days are going, but above all because I think we have found a good way to work on, something we didn’t manage last week in Valencia. Tomorrow we’ll follow the same line and find those little improvements to shave off some tenths of our laptime.”

Source: Pons Racing

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