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febbraio 01, 2018 - KTM

Red Bull KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team back in action at Sepang test

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Mike Leitner (Team Manager MotoGP): This was a good #test and there are a lot of positives. It was a shame that Pol crashed because it was a small mistake that had a big impact on our week. Anyway we have been able to do some basic work and it looks as though it is easy to set a fast laptime and to be able to keep a constant rhythm. The potential of the bike leaves us positive because we have been able to set some fast times but we know that there is still work to be done to be competitive at the start of the season. Our target is to be ready for Round 1."

Pol Espargaro
“I feel lucky because I had a big crash on Day 2 and I hit the wall at more than 250 kmp/h. I'm happy not feeling too bad physically but I'm in pain from rolling through the gravel. I had some x-rays and nothing is broken but I have pain when I move so if I am still in pain when I get home I will have some further checks. Even though I couldn't ride on the final day it was still good to be with the team and able to work with them in the background. It's a shame to miss Day 3 and not to be able to #test what we planned but Mika was able to ride my bike. It's good because I trust his feedback 100% and it means we were still be able to get a lot of work done here in #Sepang.”

Bradley Smith
"Obviously it's a busy #test schedule here in #Sepang and after Pol's crash it has meant that myself and Mika have had to work through a lot. It's been a chance for us to evaluate a lot of different things and to give us a direction on what to do. On Day 3 the grip was a little less and that means that it's good conditions for us to #test in. Usually when the track gets grippy and hot we struggle a little bit so it's been good to have these conditions. I'm generally quite pleased with what we've tested because I think that we've got a good base to work with at the Thailand tests in a few days time.”

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