Nico Terol & Jordi Torres continue testing – and improving – at Phillip Island

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Five MotoGP riders and four Moto2 riders were back on track at Phillip Island for the second of three days of tyre tests on behalf of Bridgestone and Dunlop respectively.

A perfectly still day with ambient temperatures around thirty degrees and track temperatures in the fifties made for tough but good conditions for testing, with the Australian track surface once again proving to be abrasive and difficult to manage.

There are still many questions to be answered before the teams return here to race in October but the fastest man on track once again today was Jorge Lorenzo, with a similar lap time to yesterday.

The MAPFRE Aspar Team continued with its brief of tyre testing today, with Nico Terol assessing three different compounds and his team-mate Jordi Torres weighing up a further five for Dunlop.

Both riders benefitted from new engines in their respective machines today and made some slight set-up alterations as they improved both their feeling and lap times.

Torres completed a full race simulation in the afternoon, which will have proved invaluable to Dunlop as the tyre performance was not as expected.

Nico Terol 1.33.014 (62 laps):
“We started the day really well, using the new engine, which allowed us to set some fast times and maintain a consistent rhythm. In the afternoon I continued to build confidence and even though we are still some way off the really fast times being set by Rabat we will get there through patience and hard work. We are doing a great job and I am sure the results will show it soon. We focused on tyre testing again today, with three different compounds, and also made some slight alterations to the rear-end set-up, specifically the stiffness of the rear shock.”

Jordi Torres 1.33.160 (65 laps):
“We put the new engine in yesterday afternoon and spent all day with it today. I could immediately tell the difference. We tried five different tyres over the course of the day and late in the afternoon we did a race run on a tyre that Dunlop recommended. We were planning to leave it until tomorrow but with the weather forecast suggesting rain we thought it better to get it done just in case. The tyre didn’t respond as we hoped and even though it stayed consistent the lap times were not quick enough. After spending all day working on tyres today we will revert our attention to chassis set-up tomorrow.”

Source: Aspar Media

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