Moncayo and Faubel continue to struggle but staying confident to find improvement

 In Moto3, News

The opening Moto3 practice sessions for the French GP at Le Mans were undertaken in dry conditions, with predicted rainfall holding off for the day and allowing the riders the chance to work in the dry for the Friday runouts. Early spots cleared up as the track temperature rose to 16ºC in the morning. In the afternoon, Maverick Viñales set the fastest time of the day -1.44.141.

BANKIA ASPAR riders Alberto Moncayo and Héctor Faubel were trying out new things with their Moto3 machines. Moncayo remained more or less faithful to the strategy used for the previous round in Portugal, with some subtle modifications. His Friday contrasted with some big changes for Héctor Faubel, with the aim being to compare the performance of the two Kalex-KTM and draw conclusions.
Moncayo ended the day 15th fastest in the combined timesheet, whilst Faubel was 19th. Both will be analysing data with the team in order to best equip the riders for tomorrow’s qualifying session for the French Grand Prix.

15th Alberto Moncayo (1.46.463, 25 laps): “We are trying out the same things as in previous races. The weekend has started out difficult, but we aren’t going to throw in the towel. I think that it is small things that are impeding our progress, rather than any huge issues. It will be a question of time before some things improve, but we still can’t completely understand why we are so far back. I am riding on my own a lot of the time, because riding in a group is deceptive. Maybe you can do that in qualifying, but not on a Friday. As we have so much work ahead, we shouldn’t be thinking about latching onto someone’s back wheel. Our pace is not great at the moment, so we could drop at least a second if we can solve 4 or 5 things.”

19th Héctor Faubel (1.46.903, 29 laps): “We are working hard, with a new swingarm pivot that the team have fashioned themselves. We are also working on the engine braking to free up the bike on corner entry. I’m not too keen on it, but as it is the first time that we have tried it out we should keep looking at it. We aren’t where we want to be, but with some hard graft we will find the right way forward. I didn’t follow anyone and set my own pace. We will see if we make any improvements tomorrow.”

Source: Aspar Team

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