With the end of a week full of testing and adapting, Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl leave the Circuito de Jerez with many impressions, ready to head over to Qatar for the last official preseason test kicking off in less than one week’s time.

After completing 159 laps during the three days’ IRTA test, Öttl was able to improve by 0.53 seconds from Thursday, while fellow Moto2 rookie and teammate Bezzecchi did 155 laps in total to eventually lower his lap time by 0.377 seconds from day one until the final session of today.

Philipp Ottl - 2019  

Philipp Öttl

Position: 28th – Time: 1:42.672 – Laps: 39

“Overall today I felt better than yesterday, I mainly concentrated on sliding better and opening the throttle a bit earlier, which went quite well. I was also able to lower my lap time from yesterday and the day before and we could gather some good information. After five long days here, we now need to keep on working in Qatar. I just have to learn how to ride this bike and step by step we can transform what we’ve learned this week to a faster lap time.”

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Marco Bezzecchi - 2019  

Marco Bezzecchi

Position: 29th – Time: 1:42.756 – Laps: 53

“Today my feeling improved a bit, it seems like we found a slightly better way. But still, we have many things to improve. The bike is ok now, I still try to adapt my style to the Moto2, but overall, it has been a bit better. We didn’t try to focus on a very fast lap time too much, but just concentrated on the riding style. Anyway, we know what we have to improve for Qatar and we will give our best.”

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Herve Poncharal  

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“There were a lot of expectations for the first Moto2 test of the 2019 season as November was just a shakedown, so finally everybody was on track with their new bikes and everybody was quite impatient to see the outcome of this first test. The KTM riders had two extra days before official IRTA test, which was good in order to understand our package and work with less pressure and more time. Honestly speaking tonight, I can’t tell I’m not disappointed, because then I would be lying and I don’t like to lie. Clearly, we are not in great positions, quite far down and this is not something we were hoping for. I was personally expecting to be mid-pack, more or less a second to the top, but we are 1.7 second off, which is not so much, but a lot at the same time, because in Moto2 everything is so close. Of course, to have two rookies in team is difficult, not having an experienced rider who can share his feelings, settings and data with the rookie, which is happening at Red Bull KTM Ajo. So, it will take more time for our guys to really understand how to set up this new machine, how to modify their riding style compared to Moto3, but I would like to say this is the first test of the year, we keep fully motivated and stay behind Marco and Philipp and I’m quite sure both our guys are not happy and going to digest this tough five days back home during the short break we have before the next test in Qatar. I’m pretty positive that Qatar will start on a much more positive note. It’s the beginning of a long journey and I am - we all are – impatient, but we need to understand that it will take some time, as I said and it is very important for all of us to stick behind our riders, to show them full support, dedication and to give them what they need in order to become proper Moto2 riders as soon as possible.”


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