Mike Di Meglio says the first week’s testing with the JIR Moto2 squad has vindicated his decision to join the team for the 2013 season. The Frenchman was only 27th at the end of the three days running at Valencia but showed flashes of pace on the Motobi machine, a bike he was riding for the first time.

Di Meglio was particularly impressed with the team’s attention to detail and feels they have a good base from which to build next week at Jerez.

“I got a positive impression by the welcome I had from the team. I have the feeling to be in a highly professional and competent environment and this let me work at ease being aware that the result is the priority. The machine is still all to be discovered but the first test really impressed me in a positive way, even if it is very different to all the machines I’ve ridden before. Just as an example I had a very good feeling from the front end. I managed to run many kilometres and to fulfil a good part of the planned work, now we head toward a new track where we will look for the needed verifications to confirm some technical choices. Our aim is to deliver a basic rider position and a basic set up with which we can put ourselves in the best condition to run with efficiency in the next IRTA tests at Jerez. I’ve noticed the extreme attention paid to technical details that confirmed my good choice of team and machine for this year.”

Team Principal Gianluca Montiron believes he has the ideal rider to develop the motorcycle in the run-up to Qatar and looks forward to the second pre-season test with optimism.

“These three days have been important to start joining together the new team with the rider, they helped us to regain our confidence with the working plan and the track. We developed many technical novelties that involve different aspects of our machine and Mike proved to be a sensible rider, now we need to run kilometres to let the rider understand our bike’s characteristics before deliberating on the new solutions. We’re putting the most effort in at the start since the very beginning with a solid methodology proven also by the fact that we have enrolled some of TSR’s technicians that will stay with our team for the whole pre-season testing tour. Obviously we’re not following only the technical aspect, right in these days we’re defining some important partnerships that are allowing us the chance to look at the future positively.”