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Encouraging Progress for Tech3 Moto3 Riders At Jerez

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Marcel Schrotter got to grips with his 2015 specification Mistral 610 to finish the second test of the year in 13th place in the combined standings, with a best lap time of 1‰Ûª43.176 at the season opening Moto3 Jerez test this week.

The young German spent his time adjusting and getting used to the new chassis, which is exclusively designed and built by the Tech3 Team. With the season opener in Qatar fast approaching, Schrotter made the most of the available track time to complete a phenomenal 215 laps over the three days, with his efforts seeing his best time from Tuesday improved by almost a full second.

This left him in 6th in the final session and only half a second separated Schrotter from 3rd. He now confidently awaits the next Moto2 test in Jerez in a month‰Ûªs time where he will intend to further utilise the new Mistral 610 and continue his climb up the field.

"It was a tricky test across all three days for us because the team and I had to learn the new bike which was a bit challenging." Schrotter admitted. "We didn‰Ûªt have the chance to run as much as we wanted in Valencia, due to the weather and here when we began, we didn‰Ûªt have much direction to go towards. However, we made some good progress by collecting as much information as possible.

"Today we tried contrasting setups with the bike but none of them gave us a huge advantage initially. However, when we went back out for the final session we reverted back to the setup we used yesterday evening and were able to easily improve again.

"This was even on used tyres and I managed to go quicker than the whole day. It‰Ûªs unfortunate at the moment that Ricky and Louis are a bit behind because it would be useful to have more data especially with the new bike.

"Yet, of course for me, it‰Ûªs also positive to be in front of them. With the bike setup that we had tonight, I felt really confident and it was the best way to close these three days. So, I‰Ûªm now looking forward to returning here on the 17th March and I must also give a big thank you to the team who did a great job and worked non-stop between the sessions."

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team garage, Ricky Cardus concluded a positive test in AndalucÌ_a after making further steps forward with the 2015 version of the Mistral 610. The Spanish rider completed the first day with a 1‰Ûª45.587 yet dug deep and continued his efforts as he grew accustomed to the new bike.

As the temperature increased in the following days, he proceeded to set his fastest time of 1‰Ûª43.979 on the 4th out of 11 laps in the final session. This equalled a huge improvement of a second and a half from his quickest time on Tuesday in the fierce intermediate class.

In addition, he completed a staggering 208 laps around the Jerez circuit, highlighting his determination for the forthcoming season.

‰ÛÏAll in all, it was a bit of a difficult test for me although we had three full days of riding and I completed a lot of laps, which meant that I was able to progress step by step." Cardus reflected. "On the first day, I was a bit lost and it wasn‰Ûªt such a positive time. However, we turned it around and on day two we improved and then made further advances today.

"I had a stupid crash that didn‰Ûªt help matters at all when one of the riders disrupted me on track, so I crashed. I landed on my shoulder which is in a bit of pain, but overall, it‰Ûªs nothing I am too worried about.

"I‰Ûªm still a bit behind my teammate, so of course we need to continue working but I am certain that we will be a lot more competitive and fully prepared when we arrive in Qatar. Marcel has shown that the bike is fast so we just have to improve my feeling as well as riding style and then I am sure I can be where I want to be.‰Û

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