Red Bull KTM Ajo conclude second Moto3 Official test at Jerez

19/02/2015

Karel Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira continue to improve their times at Andalusian track and finish seventh, eleventh and fifteenth, respectively.

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Red Bull KTM Ajo continue to make progress in the 2015 preseason, concluding the second Official Test today. With favourable weather conditions once again at Jerez, Karel Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira continued to improve their lap times, finishing seventh, eleventh and fifteenth, respectively, on the combined timesheet for the three days of testing.

Low temperatures at the start of the morning –dropping to 9ºC– made it impossible for the Moto3 riders to begin the final day improving their times. However, as the hours passed and the track temperature rose, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders managed to best their times from yesterday. Binder came out very fast in the second session and, along with his two teammates, smashed his previous best lap times. Binder set his fastest lap of 1:46.607 –seventh– and Oliveira a 1:46.774 –tenth. Hanika lowered his times even further in the final session and closed the three-day test with a time of 1:46.427 –putting him seventh on the combined timesheet.

The next Moto3 Official Test takes place from March 17th to 19th at the same track, in what will be the final days of testing before the first race of the year in Qatar.

Results – Combined Standings Day 1-2-3
1. Fabio Quartararo (Honda) 1:45.580
2. Jorge Martin (Mahindra) 1:45.593 +0.013
3. Danny Kent (Honda) 1:45.964 +0.384
4. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 1:46.043 +0.463
5. John McPhee (Honda) 1:46.306 +0.726
7. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.427 +0.847
11. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.607 +1.027
15. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.774 +1.194

#44 Miguel Oliveira – Audio
“The truth is that this last day of testing at Jerez has not been as positive as we had expected, but we are still progressing. In the end we were unable to find the optimal setup for going fast. Despite this, we are working at 200% to find the best setup for the bike. I trust in the team, in KTM and the possibilities of the bike, and I am sure that at the next test we will have much better performance. This is what preseason is for; to improve. That is what we are doing with each passing day.”

#41 Brad Binder – Audio
“Gradually we have managed to improve various aspects of the bike, but we are still feeling a little chatter on fast corners and that has hindered us a little with our lap times. Besides that, I feel very good on the bike and I think we are slowly reaching the level we need. Obviously we will continue to work hard and see where we are when we return to this track. We will try to improve the handling a little to remove the chatter, but it is something that will take us a while.”

#98 Karel Hanika – Audio
“The three-day test here at Jerez has been quite positive. Today we made big improvements. When the conditions improved these last two days I felt very comfortable on the bike. We have a setup that is well suited to what I need, but we have to find another for when the weather or track conditions are not favourable. For the next test we have to improve the suspension and my riding style a little. If we can do that, then I am sure we will lower our times. I’m still satisfied with the time we set and the consistency that I have shown lap-after-lap.”

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