All four NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders agreed that the team have made steps forward despite getting in such limited dry running at Jerez this week. Simone Corsi was the quickest of the four in twelfth place but while he feels they’re moving in the right direction, says there is still work to do before the Speed Up chassis is on a par with Kalex and Suter.
“I’m happy about the improvements done. The bikes feeling is good even if we still have to work a lot because I have difficulties to follow the top riders on the single-lap time. Unfortunately I fell down during the second day and so the work slowed down but I want to get ready for the Irta test because I want to make a difference.”
Alex De Angelis was fourteenth was disappointed to see so much of the test fall foul of the weather as they seek to close the gap on the frontrunners.
“We improved compared to Valencia test. We had some problems with the tyres degradation but we found a setup that enabled us to keep the tyre temperature more constant. Unfortunately we are still far from the top five so we´ll have to work harder. Moreover the weather didn’t help at all because we rode only one day in dry conditions which meant that our work was disrupted.”
Sixteenth-placed Mattia Pasini was much more optimistic and is pleased with the feeling of the Speed Up chassis after two tests.
“We are working well and making large steps. The bike is getting better and we are beginning to understand how to ride it and how to set it up. We have to keep working but it feels good. The atmosphere in the team is perfect and we have to exploit all the potential we have.”
Ricard Cardus was 22nd overall although he showed promising pace in the wet yesterday. The Spaniard was encouraged by the performance of the bike in those conditions although work still needs to be done in the dry.
“We faced several tough days due to the varying weather conditions. Generally I have been feeling good. For the first time I was riding this bike on in the wet and everything went right, furthermore we managed to get a good lap time. Now we have to keep working to improve.”