KTM completes 470 laps in private MotoGP test in Spain


KTM completes 470 laps in private MotoGP test in Spain.

M_Mika Kallio KTM RC16 Aragon 2016 (1)

Three days of testing and a total of 470 laps has seen the KTM MotoGP test squad of Mika Kallio and Randy de Puniet work through a vast list of things with the prototype race bikes.

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The team were out in action during the private test at the Alcaniz circuit in Spain . Both Kallio and de Puniet said that the track had ‘poor grip’ across all three days.

M_Mika Kallio & Mechanic KTM RC16 Aragon 2016

M_Randy de Puniet & Mika Kallio KTM RC16 Aragon 2016

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After the test, de Puniet said: “Being back on the bike was really nice. In the three days we tried many options for the bike’s development.

“The first day was the hardest for me because I had to get the right mental approach and really concentrate on getting the best out of the bike. We were able to improve every day despite the lack of grip from the track and the very high temperatures. It was very valuable test in terms of getting the bike ready for our Valencia race in MotoGP at the end of the year.”

M_Mika Kallio KTM RC16 Aragon 2016

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M_Randy de Puniet KTM RC16 Aragon 2016

Kallio added: “I am very satisfied with the work that we did during this test. We have made much more progress here than we did at the previous test in Misano.

“What we have done here is develop the bike and make some big steps forward that now allows us to look at the wild card outing in Valenica in a very positive manner.

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“The only problem during the test was the lack of grip from the track but I am still pleased. We have improved traction from the bike and increased confidence with the bike.”

M_Randy de Puniet KTM RC16 Aragon 2016 (1)

 

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