Red Bull KTM Ajo starts testing at wet Jerez circuit

19/02/2013

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Luis Salom, ailment Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin face wet conditions and strong wind on day one of testing at Circuito de Jerez.

After positive tests last week at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, viagra Red Bull KTM Ajo moved on to Jerez for three days of further Moto3 testing. Day 1 was not as productive as hoped, purchase as Luis Salom, Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin faced adverse weather conditions in Spain.

Rain, low temperatures (13.5ºC) and a strong wind that at times reached gusts of 30 km/h impacted the Moto3 and Moto2 test from the early hours of the day. Luis Salom was one of the first out, but completed just 3 laps. Riders eventually emerged from the pits, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis doing so 40 minutes after their teammate. Khairuddin undertook the most laps (15) and all three were inside the top ten on the timesheet.

In the Moto3-only session, conditions remained the same for the most part. When the rain stopped, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were some of the few to go back out. Sissis was the first, followed by Khairuddin and then Salom. Khairuddin took his best time to under the 2 minute mark, something achieved by only six riders.

Finally, the third and final session saw the wind and rain die down. That allowed the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to enjoy almost two hours of riding. Khairuddin and Salom were fourth and fifth fastest, respectively, breaking the 1’58 barrier, whilst Sissis placed ninth.
Testing at the Circuito de Jerez continues tomorrow and Thursday.
 
Results
1. Danny Webb (Suter Honda) 1:56.924
2. Brad Binder (Suter Honda) 1:57.351 +0.427
3. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:57.383 +0.459
4. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:57.512 +0.588
5. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:57.881 +0.957
9. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.573 +1.649

Luis Salom
“It was a very good day, because we were able to try a lot of things. In the morning we stopped, because we wanted to see if the weather would improve, but when it didn’t we went back out again. Our pace in the wet was good, so we are happy. On rainy days like this, you aim to make the rider comfortable on the bike and see what can go wrong with the bike in such conditions. These are important days, because in a Grand Prix weekend you can experience such conditions in practice or a race. We will now have an idea about how to setup the bike. I am very happy, because the team and I have worked very well.”

Arthur Sissis
“In the morning it was very tough, as there was a lot of wind and it rained a lot. We were unable to do many laps. The weather improved in the afternoon, but the asphalt was still wet and we tried to setup the bike as best we could. I put in a lot of laps and was able to drop my times. On the final laps the track was drier and I could go faster, although our wet setting is still good. The important thing today was to get a good setup in the wet, as we hadn’t tried that out before.”

Zulfahmi Khairuddin
“Today the weather wasn’t too good. In the morning the trac kwas completely wet, although in the afternoon it dried steadily. I am very happy with the bike and I think that we got some good times. I think that if the weather improves tomorrow, we can have a good test and try out some new things with the bike. The most important thing today was adapting to the wet with the new bike. Nobody had ridden the new KTM in the wet, so riding in these conditions was positive.”

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