Intermediate and lightweight classes straight back on track in Aragon
Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was back out after his stunning win on Sunday – as was newly crowned Moto3™ World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) after no time for celebrations, with the skies bluer than race day and work uninterrupted.
As well as Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto3™, other teams present were fellow Sunday podium sitters Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 with race winner Jorge Navarro, Garage Plus Interwetten, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, Ajo Motorsport and reigning champion Johann Zarco, Dynavolt Intact GP, Gaviota Mahindra Aspar, Sky Racing Team VR46, Ongetta-Rivacold, and Peugeot MC Saxoprint – amongst others.
Big news in Moto2™ saw reigning champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) out on track on the new KTM Moto2™ chassis with a black livery ahead of their future entry, with the championship leader back to work after a tough race weekend – seeing his advantage slashed to one point over key rival Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40).
Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) were back out fresh from their impressive finishes in the race to test out the new Kalex chassis for 2017, plus two new swingarms. With Kalex not bringing any other new parts for other teams, the majority of work for those testing on the current chassis centered around setup. In addition to setup and further data-gathering following the race weekend, Öhlins did bring some new suspension forks – and a harder compound front from tyre supplier Dunlop was also on the agenda as teams consider the option, especially for the upcoming Malaysian GP at the newly resurfaced Sepang International Circuit.
Dynavolt Intact GP riders Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger spent some of their track time testing Nissin brakes, after Cortese also tried them out at the post-race test in Brno following teammate Folger’s victory. Tech 3 Racing continued their work on their chassis and KYB suspension, with rider Xavi Vierge the one charged with testing duties as the team try out different options.
As some in Moto2™ tested the 2017 Kalex chassis and the new KTM Moto2™ chassis, Moto3™ saw the arrival of the 2017 KTM bike. Öhlins also brought some front forks for the lightweight class, as well as a small change to the rear shock.
Aragon GP victors Estrella Galicia 0,0 had a three bike setup in the garage as they tested options for 2017. Race winner Jorge Navarro was the rider out on track and on duty, testing back-to-back with the current bike. Meanwhile, Sky Racing Team VR46 were busy with new full-time Moto3™ World Championship rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta out on track to get kilometers on the bike, as well as Andrea Migno. Following an incident in the race, Nicolo Bulega sat out the test as he concentrates slightly further forward on the upcoming flyaway stint.
Peugeot MC Saxoprint riders Albert Arenas and John McPhee also sat the test out, with the team running Red Bull Rookies Aleix Viu and Patrik Pulkkinen, as well as Dakota Mamola and FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ rider Vicente Perez. At Ongetta-Rivacold, Niccolo Antonelli was working on trying to solve some top speed woes encountered in the Aragon GP.
Mahindra had a busy schedule following their recent 100th GP celebrated at Misano World Circuit, with a whole new engine never previously tested, new swingarm and new forks as they continue to make fantastic progress on the world stage and target more wins following their first in 2016.
Next stop: Twin Ring Motegi, where the lighter classes will do battle once again as the Moto2™ title goes down to the wire – and Binder finds himself able to race without pressure, targeting more victories in spectacular Moto3™ style.