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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS satisfied with first test of 2019

Published: 7 Feb 2019

Adapting to the new engine, getting back up to speed and implementing the technical work done during the winter has been the main objectives of this test. Some goals set by both the team and riders have already been achieved. 

The good weather has allowed Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS to ride comfortably and complete the work plan set for the first test of the year.  Adapting to the new Triumph 765cc engine and validating the technical work done during the winter were the main targets of a test that ended with a 25-lap race simulation at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Alex Márquez completed a total of 142 laps (67 on the first day and 72 on the second) to complete 568 km. The number 73 focused on finding a good set-up on the first day, especially working on suspension and engine modifications, as well as rider position on the bike. The second day was focused on improving the rhythm and carrying out a race simulation in which Marquez managed to set good times.

Xavi Vierge's second test with the Team was very similar to that of his team-mate. He completed 145 laps (71 on the first day and 74 on the second), and 580 km throughout the test. The number 97, who also posted very competitive times, continues to adapt to both the bike and the new team for the 2019 Moto2 season.

With a lot of information collected and satisfaction of a job well done, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS now heads to Jerez de la Frontera, the city that will host the second round of private tests in 2019 on 11 and 12 February.

Alex Márquez: 142 laps, 568 km

"I've had a very good feeling after a winter that's been very long. We have worked hard and we have made progress in some areas that we wanted to improve compared to the last test at Jerez. The feeling with the Triumph engine has been good, so we have been able to focus on my riding style, especially on corner exit. We were able to do a race simulation and I am happy with the pace I set. I felt comfortable and the times were fast but we have to keep working.”

Xavi Vierge: 145 laps, 580 km

"I'm very happy. These two days I have enjoyed myself feeling like a child again and we have done a great job. I was able to do a lot of laps and the race simulation gave us a lot of information about the way forward. I am very happy with the feeling I had both on the bike and with the team. We worked very well together. The new engine has a lot of power but we can still get more out of it. I can't wait to go to Jerez and continue working.”

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