With two days of Moto2 contact in their pockets, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s newcomers Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl experienced some first laps on wet tarmac today at the Circuito de Jerez before they completed the first test in preparation of the intermediate category 2019 with the series’ new Triumph engine and a brand-new KTM Moto2 bike.

While the Italian was learning his new working tool with P22 in full wet conditions this morning, Öttl was just 0.116 seconds behind his teammate in 24th. On a drying track in the afternoon, both went out again. Thereby, Bezzecchi set a fastest lap of 1’50.093 minutes to clinch P7, while the German Moto2 rookie did a 1’50.532, wrapping up the final day in P8.

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Marco Bezzecchi

Position: 7th – Time: 1’50.093 – Laps: 32

“Today we didn’t ride too much because of the weather, but we made some laps in the wet and some laps in almost dry conditions. In the wet, my feeling was quite good but to be honest, I expected a bit more. In the few laps we did in the afternoon, I tried to work further on my riding style and we made a practice start, which was very good.”

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Philipp Öttl

Position: 8th – Time: 1’50.532 – Laps: 36

“I think session in the morning was more clear, I felt good in the wet, even better than on the Moto3 bike in the past, which is very positive. I have the feeling that we are on the right direction. I can also transfer a few things from the wet to the dry, so I can say we made another step forward today. The test overall was good, we learned a lot and we found a decent direction.” 

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“Three important days and very useful days are done, although the weather was not on our side. I have to say that Moto2 is going through a big change, a new engine supplier with Triumph and a new ECU from Magneti Marelli and I would like to thank both of them because the new engine is fantastic. I didn’t see any rider without a big smile on their face, the sound is great, clearly, this is a big step forward. We also could enjoy a much more advanced ECU electronic, which the riders and their crews will have to clearly understand. It was also a very important test for us, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team, because it was the first time we were working with our new toy, our new weapon. The machine is absolutely beautiful, every single part is a piece of art. Our two guys, Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl also had a lot to learn, coming from Moto3. It was exciting to look at their faces and hear their comments. We are still very far to use the maximum potential of our bike, we still have to understand how to set up the bike and mainly the chassis properly. Unfortunately we couldn’t do enough dry laps, but the overall feeling is very positive. We have now time to analyse all the data we have, time for the riders to digest and understand how to ride and how to use a Moto2 and for sure, when everybody will come back to Jerez there’ll be a huge step forward to what we have done now. But again, we are very, very positive with everything. I just wish everyone a relaxed winter and a decent time to prepare the 2019 season, which we already can’t await!”


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