08/03/2018, Jerez

After three days of IRTA test at the circuit of Jerez, the Moto3 preseason comes to its end. The changeable weather didn't help riders also in this occasion, limiting the chances to work on a completely dry track. However, Rodrigo and his technicians could get a great deal of data for the KTM set-up, in order to have a strong base for the beginning of the season.
Likewise, Masaki and his crew tried to take full advantage of the time at disposal, as they tested a new setting and analysed the points on which to focus for its development.

#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 15th - 1'47.144 [combined standings]

"Once again the weather played the main role in this test. During the first day we could barely get any useful information, since the conditions on dry tarmac weren't the best ones. We couldn't really complete many laps and soon it began raining, even though the track didn't get completely wet. During the second day we could get out on dry asphalt and, even if we lost the first session because the track was still humid, we did have the chance to test quite a few things. Today, which was the last day, it started to rain again and we couldn't move on with the plans we had for good weather. In any case we managed to go out on full wet and we confirmed a very good feeling, just like in the private test in Valencia. I felt confident and competitive. We did a decent job when it came to organising our work, despite the changeable weather: we took as much advantage as possible of each session. We had an extensive work plan and the weather was against us during this preseason. However, we could focus on some important points and we could confirm them. We couldn't perform a time attack, since we only worked on the race rhythm. We didn't check the potential of the bike on a hot lap, but I'm confident on that matter: that's something we've always done well. We improved a lot our pace, which was our main goal. We are ready for Qatar, we'll try to keep working in this direction and push harder for the first race."

#22 Kazuki Masaki: 27th - 1'47.988 [combined standings]

"I'm not too happy with these three days of tests: the weather kept changing and that didn't let us work in a consistent way. The first day it rained. The showers stopped every now and then, but the conditions of the track were mixed and far from being ideal. Eventually we couldn't do much. On top of that, another rider made me crash, so it definitely wasn't a good day. Yesterday, when the track was finally dry, we could get down to business. During the second and the third session we had the chance to test the new setting that we prepared. We had a couple of different issues and I couldn't improve my fastest lap, but we saw that we were working in the right direction. We still have to improve the feeling with the front part of the bike, since the weather didn't really give us the opportunity to do that. In the last sessions we were going to keep preparing the set-up, but it started raining again. Next week we're going to Qatar and there I think we can take advantage of the good weather to work on the bike. I'll do my best to improve in each session on track."