Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martín end Aspar Team’s preseason test in Cartagena

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Cartagena hosted two days of testing yesterday and today, in which the MAPFRE Aspar Team riders were able to ride alone and at will, testing the Mahindra prototypes for the 2015 season.

Pecco Bagnaia was put in charge of testing the bike yesterday, and today it was the turn of Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin. Yesterday the conditions were excellent throughout, but today overnight rain forced the riders to delay their start until after noon.

These circumstances were not a problem, as both Guevara and Martín made the most of the half-day and even extended their track time –originally scheduled to conclude at 5pm- until past 5:30pm.

The work plan was similar to that of the first day: Accumulate the greatest number of laps possible to push the engine and frame of the new Mahindra, with a similar prototype to that which will be used in the Moto3 World Championship next season.

The MAPFRE Aspar riders were again surprised with the handling of the chassis and with the different alternatives offered by it in terms of setup, as well as with the resistance of the engine -which is becoming more robust and reliable with every test.

Juanfran Guevara 1.37.8 (71 laps):
“This morning we started a little late because it rained overnight and the track was still wet. From the start we went out on track with the base prototype for next season. We tried some things with the suspension and chassis, but mostly we focused on different engine parts. We also worked on engine braking. Today was a day of many runs but few laps, had a lot to test and that’s why the runs were so short. The truth is that the first impressions with this new engine are very positive, and this test has helped us to see where we can improve. I guess, with all the data gathered, during the winter break Mahindra will work to improve even more”.

Jorge Martín 1.38.4 (64 laps):
“Today was very positive. I felt comfortable from the start, and we have also got to ride pretty fast at the end of the day. The only ‘but’ is that when I was riding fastest and improving the most, we had to stop to change the gearing. That cost us a little pace. Afterwards the temperature dropped and so we did not continue to improve. Other than that, I am very happy, I feel very comfortable riding the new bike. This bike is a little stiffer than the one I tested previously, so it is harder to turn it in, but when I open the throttle and brake it is very stable and very secure.”

Source: Aspar Media

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