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Moto3 Pre-Season Test Debrief With Stefano Riminucci And Fabrizio Cecchini
Posted by: newsla on Feb 25, 2014 - 02:15 PM
Moto3 Pre-Season Test Debrief With Stefano Riminucci And Fabrizio Cecchini

Nine days of testing, divided equally between the circuits of Almeria, Valencia and Jerez have provided a first, interesting indication of the performance values ​​ahead of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship campaign. During this trip across Spain, the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 has became soon a protagonist, being costantly at the top of the timesheets: during all the testing sessions, Niccolò Antonelli has been always in the top three positions, resulting the fastest over the three days spent at Valencia.


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Antonelli, who just turned 18, worked a lot on the set-up of his KTM together with his crew chief, Stefano Riminucci, getting very positive feedback which resulted in a good consistency, also when running on worn tyres. On the other side of the garage, rookie Enea Bastianini has instead taken his first steps in a whole new category for him: assisted in this apprenticeship by a well-experienced technician like Fabrizio Cecchini, the 16-year-old from Rimini began to explore the several possible set-up solutions on his KTM.

Waiting for the last pre-season testing session, scheduled from 11th to 13th of March at the Jerez circuit, let’s have an in-depth look of the work done so far inside the garage, with the two crew chiefs, Stefano Riminucci and Fabrizio Cecchini.

STEFANO RIMINUCCI (Capotecnico Niccolò Antonelli) “Together with Niccolò we decided to face these tests with conditions similar to those that we will find during the race weekend: contrary to what people might think, we always used the right ballast (to reach the minimum weight required for regulation, Niccolò uses 6 Kg of ballast) and above all we have used a limited number of tyres, taking into account that only a certain amount will be available during Grand Prix rounds. The results were very positive, because Antonelli has always lapped consistently with used tyres, and this aspect is crucial ahead of the races. Our work was ranging on several fronts, but we focused mainly on the suspension, trying different solutions, both on the front and on the rear. In particular, in the next test we will try a new rear suspension link, that KTM will realize upon our needs. Niccolò, in fact, usually brings a lot of speed in the middle of the corner, so it requires some specific support from the rear suspension for cornering speed, which the KTM, as it is designed, does not offer. HOwever, the potential of the bike is very high and we are satisfied with the support that the Factory is giving us. For the rest, we have tried different positions for the ballast in order to change weights balance, along with various adjustments of the engine brake system, for which we believe there is still some room for an improvement. Finally, in March at Jerez we would like to try a race simulation”.
FABRIZIO CECCHINI (Capotecnico Enea Bastianini) “Enea is still very young and he’s facing his first experience in this category: therefore, our work in these tests did not involve major changes to the bike, that it would only lead him to confusion , but only very minimal interventions, aimed to make him feel more at ease when riding. With Niccolò, for example, who is getting ready for the third season in Moto3, during a test day you can make a plan which includes 5 or 6 important changes to the bike; with Bastianini we don’t do this work yet, because at this stage Enea simply needs to ride, having fun and getting to grips with the machine. Moreover, it is still so much the excitement he feels when he get off the bike that is difficult for him to explain his riding sensations in the best way, as well as it’s difficult, at the moment, to assess his true potential, even if I’m truly convinced that it’s very high. Finally, these tests have also represented a kind of 'schooling' for Enea, not only on the riding side but also on the technical side: often inside the garage we observed in detail how the various set-up modifications - for example, moving the swingarm pivot - specifically affect the bike’s behaviour on track. This will make it easier to share our impressions inside the garage at the end of each practice session. During these tests, I simply asked him to give me his riding sensations, for each corner, and on the basis of this information we started working on the setting, though taking it step by step. The KTM goes very well also with a base set-up, and this is helping us to carry out this type of approach”.

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