A two-day test opened the 2021 racing season of Jason Dupasquier and Ryusei Yamanaka
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo de la Comunitat Valenciana was the theater of the first preseason test of Carxpert PrüstelGP. On 1st and 2nd March, Ryusei Yamanaka and Jason Dupasquier had the chance to get back on track with their Moto3 KTM bikes for the first time of the year.
Despite the threat of rain, the team could take fully advantage of the first day on track of the year. Both riders were excited to get back on their bike after a three-months stop: Jason Dupasquier finally reunited with his crew, with the goal of taking a step forward. Ryusei Yamanaka, after a one-day test in Portimao in November, took only a short time to get familiar with his new team.
The work continued also on Tuesday, even if the conditions were a bit more tricky, due to the dirty track and lack of grip. Ryusei ended his test as best Moto3 rider, with a best lap in 1:39,933 improving by one second his best lap of the previous day. Also Jason Dupasquier showed a good feeling with his bike, with a best lap in 1:40,762, almost one second faster that his Monday best lap.
Now Carxpert PrüstelGP is heading to Jerez, for another two-day test before flying to Qatar for the official IRTA test and the first two races of the 2021 season scheduled on 28th March and 4th April.
Ryusei Yamanaka #6, 1:39,933
I am happy to be back on a Moto3 bike. The first day was difficult with wind, but I am happy of the work we did. It was a positive first day. The track in the morning was dirty, with sand and there was not much grip. In the afternoon, we tried a lot of things and we found a good set-up. When I put new tyre I have a very good feeling with the bike. I am satisfied with the test, not only for the lap time which was the best among Moto3 riders. Let´s see what we can do in Jerez!
Jason Dupasquier #50, 1:40,762
Finally it was time for the first test of the season. At first it was difficult to find again the feeling, then already in the afternoon we started to improve thanks to the hard work. After the first day, we had a good setting to work on for the following days. The second day was much better, even if the conditions of the track in the morning were not the best. Dirty and no grip, so we lose some precious time in the morning. Later in the day, the track got better and we could ride. We did many laps, improving at every exit. The lap time is not the best, but we focused more on finding a good feeling. I am sure we can improve much more in Jerez, I can´t wait to be back. Thanks to the team for the good job!
Pictures by Paco Diaz