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The aim of both tests was to establish a clear direction with regards to swingarm, rear shock absorber settings and chassis specification for the 2018 KTM RC16, something that has been on going throughout the 2017 season but these tests giving the crews the chance to utilise the valuable seven hours each day that’s available to them.
The conditions were perfect for testing with sunshine creating an air temperature of plus 20 degrees celcius resulting in MotoGP. We have been the rookies this year starting at Qatar but it was impressive for me to see how the dynamic in the team was created through the season from both sides of the garage. The factory has put huge effort and power in designing and bringing new parts to the track for the riders, and then the riders striving for the results with those parts; this shows me that the team spirit is very strong in #ktm and I think everyone can be proud and happy about this first season. Now, after these two good tests in Valencia and #jerez it was so positive to finish the season this way because it gives us the opportunity to check parts as well as try new ones so now everyone can go home as a long season like this is exhausting for all. However, the riders are in great spirit so both Pol and Bradley can go to the break healthy and prepare for 2018 as well as the mechanics and technicians too go into winter with a good feeling able to recharge before the new season that will start testing in Sepang."
Sebastian Risse (Technical Director MotoGP): “We did not have a 2018 bike here but instead we decided to work on individual components and make decisions based on how they preformed so now we have time to put everything together and then in Sepang (test) have the best possible package. If you look at what we have achieved during these two tests I would say the main thing has been consistency and to be able to push with new and used tyres in order to make the whole bike better because this is what you may miss when you do multiple steps during development. Now we have found some parts that make this package so much better. Looking at lap times against competitors we’re obviously happy with where we are and what we've achieved over the season so it’s good to have a break now to think about everything and put the 2018 bike together. A good end to a really good year.”
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