KTM close 2018 MotoGP year with productive Jerez test

KTM close 2018 MotoGP year with productive Jerez test

29.11.2018: MotoGP 2018 – IRTA Test Jerez Two more days of essential set-up work and data gathering for the 2019 FIM MotoGP season took place at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain yesterday and today. The final test of 2018 saw Red Bull KTM flanked by the

MotoGP 2018 – IRTA Test Jerez



Two more days of essential set-up work and data gathering for the 2019 FIM MotoGP season took place at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain yesterday and today. The final test of 2018 saw Red Bull KTM flanked by the new Red Bull Tech 3 KTM RC16s of Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin once more.
 




In contrast to the autumnal conditions and rain that affected the final round of 2018 MotoGP and stretched into the first testing days of 2019 work, the second MotoGP IRTA session at the Circuito de Jerez was blessed with sunshine and an important opportunity to progress with tasks for next year.




Pol Espargaro ploughed through two days of trial and experimentation with new engine internals, chassis modifications and yet more feedback with a fresh electronics package. Despite the list of changes and components the Spaniard looked for key upgrades to the 2019 KTM RC16 package before the testing MotoGP ‘blackout’ comes into force through December and January.




Johann Zarco clocked just his third and fourth days on the new #5 race bike. The French star was satisfied with a discovery for his base set-up on Wednesday that allowed more comfort and speed with corner entry. On Thursday he established a comfortable and consistent pace and on finalising a direction for his RC16 with a view towards the next tests early in 2019.




Jerez was another crucial opportunity for the Tech 3 squad to adapt to the KTM machinery, and for Hafizh Syahrin to delve deeper into his first full MotoGP off-season of work while Miguel Oliveira continued his adaption to the KTM RC16 in what will be a measured term as a rookie in the premier class.






Pol Espargaro: “
It has been a busy, busy test and we tried the bike from bottom to top. Yesterday we mainly did longer runs with a used tyre and our pace is not bad but we struggled a bit today in making a single fast lap. I had a big list of things to try and it is difficult to make fast lap-times and be consistent with pace when the bike is changing so much and is ‘live’! We were trying different parameters in the engine and something for turning when the tyre drops.



In the chassis we made some modifications, which I think will be an improvement for the future, and the swing arm also. The WP guys have been working quite a lot with suspension and they also have some ideas. The team will work for Malaysia and we’ll have some meetings now to see in what areas Johann wants to go as well so we can improve this bike together.”







Johann Zarco: “S
o, some more days with the KTM and I’m happy because I made a step that I was looking for. It gave confirmation for the technicians for which direction we have to go. We began today on a better level and I was improving my lap-time. We then moved to test different things and could not do so many laps. We are still working on my base setting. We are not working to be the fastest one out there but the base is coming better and better every time I go out, and I can see that because the lap-time is there and I can repeat it relaxed.



It means this is the direction we need. This engine is giving a good feeling to go out of the corner. Even if you miss it the bike will go and this is still one of our strong points and when we go faster we will be able to use it even better."






Hafizh Syahrin: “
To be honest, we expected to improve our lap time a bit more, but we still need more rear grip to find decent traction. At the moment, I feel very good with the front tyre, which is really stable, but at the same time the rear is spinning. We tried many things, but didn’t find the ideal solution yet. Now we need to think about it to find something for the next test. Overall, the two days of testing were very positive, but we are a bit far from the top. Anyway, we work hard and try to improve step by step in 2019.”





Miguel Oliveira: “
On the last day of testing this year I was able to make a very big step compared to yesterday regarding the lap time, more than a second, so I’m happy for that. Again we understood more about the bike, about what is missing and I’m just glad that the team and me are going home with a clear idea of what we need to do.”






Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager:
“We came to Jerez to make a lot of base setting work so we started with the 2018 bike and brought many new items. We ‘loaded’ Pol a lot and he did a great job. We tried many aspects on the engine, chassis, aerodynamics and suspension. We have some good information now and will have to go home, work and bring the best mix to the next test in Sepang. Johann made a big step with his understanding of the bike and went into the ’39 lap-times with used tyres and that was positive. Also his feeling on the bike was getting better but for sure we still have a lot of work to do with him also. We’ll work during the winter now to be ready for Malaysia.”




Red Bull KTM cooled the engines on their second full MotoGP year as the sun set at Jerez today. 2018 has been a challenging but satisfying second campaign of further education at the highest level and witnessed significant reduction in the margin to the long-established leaders of the Grand Prix grid. 2019 gathers serious pace with the first pre-season test at Sepang, Malaysia on February 6th.






Jerez IRTA Test



Results MotoGP IRTA Test Jerez 2018 Day 1

1. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Ducati 1:37.968
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati +0.217
3. Takaai Nakagami (JPN), Honda +0.380
4. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Yamaha +0.408
5. Marc Marquez (SPA), Honda +0.549

KTM

15. Pol Espargaro (SPA), KTM +1.273
19. Johann Zarco (FRA), KTM +2.224
21. Hafizh Syahrin (MAL), KTM +2.662
23. Miguel Oliveira (POR), KTM +3.731






Results MotoGP IRTA Test Jerez 2018 Day 2


1. Takaai Nakagami (JPN), Honda 1:37.945
2. Marc Marquez (SPA), Honda +0.025
3. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Yamaha +0.121
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Honda +0.160
5. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Ducati +0.164

KTM

15. Pol Espargaro (SPA), KTM +1.199
19. Johann Zarco (FRA), KTM +1.919
23. Hafizh Syahrin (MAL), KTM +2.575
24. Miguel Oliveira (POR), KTM +2.632








Sebastian Kuhn- photos KTM Images

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/ktm-motogp-year-2018-close-jerez-test---184028.html

29.11.2018 / MaP

More News

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team sign off from 2018 in style
29.11.2018
The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team enjoyed a successful final test of the year as they continued their preparations for 2019 with a two-day session at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto. Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo today took further steps forward in their adaptation to the Yamaha, each showing great potential as they ended the test in 6th and 12th place respectively. more >>
Movistar Yamaha Make Steps on Final 2018 Test Day in Jerez
29.11.2018
Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have completed the Jerez MotoGP Official Test, the last riding day of 2018. Continuing their testing schedule, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi spent the allotted time making a final assessment of the new engine specs, setting the 3rd and 11th fastest time of the day respectively. more >>
Jerez MotoGP Test day 2 classification
29.11.2018
MOTOGP 3 day testJEREZ DE LA FRONTERAThursday, November 29th   2018Session 2 as of 29/11/20181         NAKAGAMI, Takaaki     LCR Honda IDEMI more >>
Super Sixth for Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing's Morbidelli on First Day of Jerez Test
28.11.2018
The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team kicked off a two-day test at Jerez today, their final track outing of 2018 before the winter break. After their promising debut with the Yamaha YRZ-M1 at Valencia, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo continue their adaptation at the Spanish track and continue to improve their feeling. more >>
Movistar Yamaha Continue Development on Test Day 1 in Jerez
28.11.2018
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back in action today at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto for the first day of the Jerez MotoGP Official Test. They continued to compare the new engine evolution, taking 4th and 17th place respectively in today's rankings. more >>
Nakagami fastest Honda at Jerez MotoGP test day 1
28.11.2018
MotoGP Jerez Test Day OneWednesday, November 28th 2018 The final on-track action of 2018 sees the LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team testing their RC213V prototype at the Angel Nieto-Jerez Circuit in southern Spai more >>
Own a MotoGP KTM RC16 and a special piece of our racing history
28.11.2018
Chances like this do not come along too often: KTM is releasing two of their ground breaking MotoGP KTM RC16 race bikes for sale. The motorcycle comes as part of a special ‘pack’ to ensure an exclusive and special MotoGP experience for the most avid of racing fans  more >>
Jerez MotoGP Test day 1 classification
28.11.2018
Jerez MotoGP Test 1Session 1 Wednesday, November 28th 20181         PETRUCCI, Danilo     Ducati Team     1:37.968      &nbs more >>
MotoGP 2 day test Jerez is underway
28.11.2018
MotoGP 2 day testJerez de la FronteraWednesday, November 28th  2018The last MotoGP test of the year is already underway. Follow all the Jerez Test times with Live Timing! more >>
Erfolgreicher Vorverkaufsbeginn für MotoGP Sachsenring
26.11.2018
•    Vorverkauf für HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Sachsenring läuft seit dem Wochenende•    Am ersten Wochenende bereits mehr als 13.000 Tickets verkauftDer Ticketvorver more >>
Jerez MotoE Test classification
25.11.2018
Jerez MotoE Test classificationSession 9 as of 25/11/2018 Combined days   Combined Sessions  1DI MEGLIO, MikeEG 0.0 Marc VDS1:52.1609 / 92SMITH, BradleyOne Energy Racing1:52.2720.1120.112 more >>
LCR E-Team complete first test session in Jerez
25.11.2018
Jerez de la Frontera Test Session After many years of successes across the classes in the MotoGP World Championships, LCR embarks on a new adventure in 2019, with the creation of the LCR E-Team, which will take part in the inaugural more >>
Ticketvorverkauf für MotoGP Sachsenring 2019 startet
22.11.2018
•    Karten für den Motorrad Grand Prix im Vorverkauf günstiger •    Vorverkauf beginnt am 24. November Der Ticketvorverkauf für den HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix von more >>
Elf, une marque de Total, s’associe avec le team KTM Tech3 en MotoGP et Moto2
22.11.2018
La saison 2019 marquera le début d’une nouvelle association entre deux grands noms de la compétition moto. Total, avec sa marque Elf, et le team KTM Tech 3 uniront en effet leurs forces dans les championnats du monde MotoGP et Moto2. Un nouveau partenariat de trois ans, aussi excitant et stimulant pour le pétrolier français que pour l’équipe de Gra more >>
KTM get 2019 MotoGP underway after first pre-season test at Valencia
21.11.2018
MotoGP IRTA Test 2018 – ValenciaCircuit Ricardo Tormo (ESP)Red Bull KTM made their first laps with the 2019 spec KTM RC16 on Tuesday and Wednesday at Valencia and the Ricardo Tormo circuit that was scene of their fa more >>
Promising Start for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team in Valencia
21.11.2018
Malaysian outfit complete first test as a MotoGP team with excellent feeling, as Franco Morbidelli laps 6th fastest and Fabio Quartararo 17th after first two days of 2019 preseason.After an exciting first day yesterday, the PETRON more >>
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Conclude Positive Valencia Test
21.11.2018
Despite having to sit out the first three hours of available track time in the pit box again, waiting for the riding conditions to improve, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were able to complete most of their testing programme on the second day of testing at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo. more >>
Nakagami ends Valencia test in excellent eight place
21.11.2018
21 November 2018| Valencia Test - Day Two The LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team completed the second of two days testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, with positive results for their Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami. more >>
Valencia MotoGP test day 2 classification
21.11.2018
MotoGP Valencia Test 2019Session 2 as of 21/11/20181         VIÑALES, Maverick     Yamaha Factory Racing     1:30.757           more >>
2019 MotoGP Valencia test day 2 started - videopass
21.11.2018
  Be the first to see the riders in their 2019 colours and follow two full days of more >>
Historic Day for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team as MotoGP Adventure Begins
20.11.2018
It was a day to remember today for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, where the Malaysian outfit took its first steps in the MotoGP World Championship with Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. more >>
Movistar Yamaha Top Day 1 at Valencia Test
20.11.2018
After a one-day break, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team returned to the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo to commence the 2019 pre-season. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi concluded the first day of the Valencia MotoGP Official Test in first and third place respectively. more >>
Nakagami delighted with new bike in first day of testing for 2019
20.11.2018
Valencia Test - Day One With the 2018 MotoGP season coming to a close for the LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team at Valencia on Sunday, just two days later and the first preparations began in earnest for 2019 with an official test at the more >>
Stefan Bradl completes testing day at Valencia for LCR
20.11.2018
Valencia Test - Day OneStefan Bradl’s stand-in duties for the LCR Honda CASTROL Team continued at Valencia on Tuesday, despite the 2018 season coming to a close on Sunday. With Cal Crutchlow still absent due to the ankle i more >>
Valencia MotoGP test day 1 results - rain stopped session 1
20.11.2018
MotoGP Valencia Test 2019 session 1Tuesday, November 20th  2018The first 2019 preseason test day has been completed and it was Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing) who topped the times, setting the quickest more >>
Valencia MotoGP Test - 10 talking points about the future
20.11.2018
LIVE from Valencia test HERE  and get your VIDEO PASS motogp.com share 10 of the key points to look out for at the Valencia test, which commences on Tuesday 20th and more >>
Marc Márquez extends record winning sequence in the BMW M Award
19.11.2018
- fastest qualifier in MotoGP™ in the BMW M anniversary season.• Marc Márquez wins the BMW M Award for the sixth time running. • The winning car for 2018: BMW M3 CS (combined fuel con more >>
Espargaro walks MotoGP podium - History made in Valencia
18.11.2018
RACE 19th Rd. MotoGP 2018 – Communitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo (ESP)Sunday, November 18th  2018Red Bull KTM reached several milestones at a soaking Grand Prix of Valencia as Pol Espargaro rode more >>
KTM Moto 2 and Moto3 Valencia races
18.11.2018
RACE 19th Rd. MotoGP 2018 – Communitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo (ESP)Sunday, November 18th  2018Moto2 & Moto3Red Bull KTM Ajo& more >>
Zarco Seals Independent Rider’s Title in Valencia
18.11.2018
 - Syahrin Wraps Up Rookie Season with Another Impressive Top 10The Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo showed a solid ultimate Grand Prix of the 2018 season today in Valencia. Both, Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin did brave to get through a very trick more >>
Dramatic End to Movistar Yamaha`s Run at Drenched Valencia GP
18.11.2018
2018 MotoGP Spain - ValenciaThe Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were unlucky to score just three points at the Grand Prix of Valencia today, despite both riders showing a very impressive pace in the wet.Valentino Rossi ha more >>
Stefan Bradl bags top10 finish in Valencia
18.11.2018
Valencia Grand PrixStefan Bradl ensured the LCR Honda CASTROL Team enjoyed a fine finish to the 2018 season as he claimed a top-10 finish at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday. With team-mate Takaaki Nakagami ending as to more >>
Nakagami is top independent rider in Valencia
18.11.2018
Valencia Grand PrixLCR Honda IDEMITSU rookie Takaaki Nakagami ended the 2018 MotoGP season in spectacular style as he was the top independent finisher at the Valencia Grand Prix. Heavy rain on Sunday en more >>
MotoGP Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana race classification
18.11.2018
GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANAMotoGP  RACE Classification 2018 Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 20181    25    42    Alex RINS    SPA   more >>
Valencia MotoGP race stopped but to be restarted
18.11.2018
UPDATE: Grid positions based on standings as of lap 13. Race to be restarted for 14 laps!Race stopped due to track conditions... A massive shame that the weather has taken a turn for the worse... it was shaping up to be a battle royale up the front more >>
Moto2 Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana race classification
18.11.2018
GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANAMoto2  RACE Classification 2018 Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 20181    25    44    Miguel OLIVEIRA    POR&n more >>
Moto3 Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana race classification
18.11.2018
GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANAMoto3  RACE Classification 2018 Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 20181    25    61    Can ONCU   more >>
Vinales Gives Qualifying Masterclass in Valencia
17.11.2018
2018 MotoGP Spain - ValenciaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales wrote qualifying history today at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo, becoming only the second rider ever to secure pole position after first taking pa more >>
Zarco Set to Attack from Fourth Row in Valencia – Syahrin Aims to fight Back
17.11.2018
Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco delivered a strong performance on Saturday in Valencia. In the third session of the weekend, he set the fifth fastest time and therefore, was the only Yamaha rider of the field who went straight to Q2. He more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

2001-2019 automobilsport.com full copyright