News 12 Mar 2012

CRT MotoGP bikes continue testing at Motorland Aragon

Claiming Rule Team MotoGP riders have concluded a two-day test at Motorand Aragon in Spain.

The second day of testing wrapped up under largely improved weather conditions, especially in the evening, for the five MotoGP riders present at the Aragon circuit.

Riders were able to make up for time lost on Thursday due to high winds, with the two Spanish and one British team present and accruing more laps and experience.

The second and final day of private CRT testing was more conducive to on track action at the MotorLand circuit than the day before, though the wind continued to hinder the five participating riders’ efforts.

In the morning, the first to venture out to test track conditions was Avintia Racing rider Yonny Hernandez, followed shortly thereafter by his teammate Ivan Silva.

Both made sessions of around 10 laps each to test out the general feeling of the BQR-FTR prototype.

Around 1pm, Aleix Espargaró (Power Electronics Aspar) hit the track, though completed only three laps before finding track conditions to be too unfavorable to perform the work the team set out to do at this test, so further testing was postponed until after lunch.

Espargaró and team mate Randy De Puniet completed a few laps in the afternoon with the Frenchman focusing on improving the geometry of the new ART while the Spaniard made several practice starts.

Also completing many laps in the afternoon were the Avintia Racing duo, with Silva completing the test with a reported best lap of 1:53.373 while Colombian rider Hernandez posted a time of 1:53.588.

The only rider absent in the final hours of the test was the Briton James Ellison (Paul Bird Motorsport) due to a crash that occurred shortly before noon.

The next meeting is the Official MotoGP Test to be held in Jerez de la Frontera in two weeks, the final test before the season begins with the night GP in Qatar.