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Antonelli Fastest On Day 1 At Valencia. Eighth Place For Bastianini
Posted by: newsla on Feb 12, 2014 - 06:18 AM
Antonelli Fastest On Day 1 At Valencia. Eighth Place For Bastianini

The first 2014 official Moto3 test got underway today at Valencia: the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3, fresh from a positive three-day test completed last week at Almeria, started in great shape with both riders: Niccolò Antonelli topped the timesheets since the morning session, closing the day being the fastest among the 32 riders on track with a lap time of 1’40”000, while rookie Enea Bastianini ended the day with the eighth fastest time in 1'41 "202.


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Action will resume tomorrow for the second of three days of testing at Ricardo Tormo circuit.

“I am very happy, because after the good impressions obtained at Almeria I expected to be among the fastest here in Valencia, but being on top is always a great feeling! Of course we have to stay calm because we are only at the first day of testing and I am convinced that our rivals will be closer tomorrow. We didn’t make big changes to the bike, just a few refinemetns, waiting for an improvement of the weather: today the temperatures were always very low, but tomorrow should be warmer”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'41"202 - 49 LAPS)
“I honestly didn’t expect to be between the fastest from the beginning, I am very happy! Today my priority was to understand this track on a Moto3 bike: I was not looking at lap times, but I actually worked with used tyres, as I did last week at Almeria. We didn’t make changes to the bike, apart from some testing on the engine brake. This first day is definitely positive: tomorrow we want to continue like that”.

FABRIZIO CECCHINI (Technical Coordinator)
“We are all very pleased with how these pre-season tests are progressing. Our experience with KTM is only at the beginning, but the results are already encouraging, and moreover both riders like this bike, a machine that is responding very well to our setup regulations. In the three-day test at Almeria we have carried out the initial setup adjustments, adapting the bikes to the demands of our riders, so we arrived here in Valencia already with a good base, but it’s clear that our work on the technical side never ends. Over the next two days we will continue the work on the set-up looking for more improvements”.

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