Solid progress for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 at Jerez20/02/2020
Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba lower their lap times on the second day of official testing at the Andalusian track.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team aim to reach Qatar as prepared as possible, and on the second day of Official Test action at Jerez they continued to focus on finding the best setup for their KTM bikes. Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba rode faster than their best times from Wednesday, both being happy with the results and their increased confidence on their respective bikes.
Fernandez finished the day in 7th place on the combined timesheets, after stopping the clock at 1:45.656 – almost 8 tenths faster than his personal best from Wednesday. The Spaniard continued to take great strides forward and today he was inside the Top 5 at several points during the test. He put in a total of 57 laps on the Andalusian track, during which he focused on improving his pace.
Toba bettered his time from Wednesday by 7 tenths, registering a 1:46.253 which led to him placing 19th at the end of the day. The Japanese rider continued to accumulate experience on the 2020 KTM and today he completed 66 laps. Kaito was satisfied with his performance, while maintaining the objective to produce further progress.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Official Test at Jerez, and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders will try to round off the work done over the past two days.
Combined Standings – Day 2
1. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) 1:45.170
2. John McPhee (Honda) 1:45.175 + 0.005
3. Ai Ogura (Honda) 1:45.362 +0.192
4. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1.45.486 +0.316
5. Jaume Masia (Honda) 1:45.551 +0.381
7. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:45.656 +0.486
19. Kait Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.253 +1.083
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I’m very happy. We are doing a great job and, without a doubt, the overall verdict on these two days is positive. Since the beginning of the test we have been taking great steps forward, today we continued to better our pace and put in some fast laps. We still have a couple of points to improve and we will work on those tomorrow. The atmosphere in the team is good, we understand each other better and better every day – I want to thank them for their effort. We will try to make the most of Friday.”
27 KAITO TOBA
“Today we took a step forward. However, we have to continue working, since the other riders in the class also improved a lot compared to yesterday. Today we were able to lower our pace from Wednesday, and I am happy about that. We will take advantage of the last day of the Official Test tomorrow, and we will work, above all, to increase our confidence when cornering.”