Straight after the latest round of the MotoGP World Championship last weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya the premier class field was back on Monday for an official day of testing. Due to heavy rain on Sunday night, track conditions haven’t been ideal this morning, which delayed the action for half an hour and affected the early lap times.
Yet the sun dried the tarmac quickly and Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona managed to use nearly the full day, doing 61 and 71 laps, respectively. Thereby both had the chance to try a new chassis with their KTM RC16 machines and several settings in order to prepare the upcoming back to back Grand Prix in Germany and the Netherlands.
“It was important to stay on the bike another day, because during this year we barely have a chance to try different things with the setup. We got a new chassis, but focused on the setup, trying to move the weight balance of the bike. I’m happy about the feeling I have on the bike, even if we only worked with hard tyres and the lap time was not super fast. But we had difficult track conditions, so we will see the next two race weekends how the situation is going to be on other tracks.”
“Today we tried the new chassis. Finally, it was not about a fast lap time, so we finished quite far back. But I feel very good with the bike and confident for the next races. I think the bike has a lot potential to continue to improve and to fight close to the top, so I’m quite happy about today overall.”