News 15 Sep 2015

2016 Moto2 and Moto3 upgrades tested at Misano

Grand prix tiers stay on for post-race test in San Marino.

Source: Supplied.

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The Moto2 and Moto3 classes stayed on for an extra day at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to conduct a one-day test. In Moto2, as well, new front and rear tyres, a new Kalex frame was present, as was a new Speed Up rider.

After announcing his departure from the Italtrans Racing team following the race, Finnish rider Mika Kallio got his first run out on with his new QMMF Team on the Speed Up chassis. His initial feeling was more positive, saying he had more feedback from the front-end of the bike, yet said he still needs more time to give a thorough assessment.

Another significant development was that Rookies Alex Marquez and Alex Rins were both charged with testing different variations of the 2016 Kalex frame. They both noted some positives, giving Kalex a further indication as to what direction to take for next year.

Part of testing the new chassis also involved trying a new Dunlop front tyre with a slightly rounder profile. Other riders trying this were AGR’s Jonas Folger and QMMF’s Julian Simon, with Simon in particular stating that it felt less stable during cornering – though also conceded that track conditions weren’t ideal to give a correct assessment.

Dunlop also brought a new Extra Hard rear slick for the riders to try, designed to give more grip and feedback than the model currently available, though with conditions not ideal, not many could give it the run out that they wanted to.

Technomag Racing Interwetten’s Dominique Aegerter was still feeling a bit sore from yesterday’s crash when he was taken out by Rins in the race, though still managed to run through a raft of geometry settings, giving his team a better idea of how to cope with various situations in the races still left on the calendar.

Reigning World Champion Tito Rabat spent the day assessing new Öhlins front and rear suspension, whilst the man looking to steal his crown, Ajo’s Johann Zarco, also assessed new components from his suspension supplier WP. Zarco however suffered a small crash in his second run, and decided to cut the day short.

Gresini’s Xavier Simeon solely focussed on set-up and trying to regain the confidence he has lost since the Sachsenring, as did yesterday’s podium sitter, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami.

Alongside him in the box, Ratthapark Wilairot got a run out on Azlan Shah’s Kalex machine, though Shah was also able to use some track time to confirm set-up. Sam Lowes was one of the high profile names not to test today.

After a thrilling race on Sunday, the Moto3 riders had no respite as they returned to the Misano track for a one-day test, with upgrades and settings being confirmed before the final five races of the year.

Championship leader Danny Kent worked on improving his ability to turn the bike with various geometry set-ups, after being penalized for running wide off track during the race. However higher humidity and very windy conditions made it tough for the Brit to judge progress.

The conditions caught out the majority of the field, with the likes of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira commenting that the first run of the day was merely to bed the surface in again after yesterday evening’s track invasion.

Both riders focussed on improving the new chassis’ feel, and Binder in particular was relieved that his lack of engine power in the race had been resolved before even heading out on track.

The Mahindra riders in the Mapfre Aspar team were given a new clutch to try, as well as new gearbox parts, which got a glowing review from the likes of Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin. Martin also tried a new front fork, whilst Bagnaia was given a new exhaust to try. The team was also working on some air intake solutions to help with overall power delivery.

Honda did not supply riders with any new parts, meaning that all riders could focus heavily on set-up, suspension and overall geometry of the bike. This was the case for the likes of SAXOPRINT RTG’s Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolò Antonelli, with race winner Enea Bastianini benefitting from his teammate’s absence through injury, as he was able to do back-to-back runs with two bikes.

His compatriot Romano Fenati was the only rider to give a significant upgrade a try, as he gave a 2016 frame a run out on track. This chassis would however not be allowed to enter in the 2015 season, as the factory’s one allowed upgrade was already introduced before the Misano round.