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He said: “I'm very happy, because I'm part of a strong team. We've also made a good choice with KTM, as the tests that we have had so far in preseason have gone really well. I've adapted quickly to the bike, although we need a few improvements with the chassis still.”

#94 Jonas Folger – Germany - Mapfre Aspar Kalex KTM
The young German managed to salvage something from what had been a disastrous 2012 by joining up with Aspar's Moto 3 effort after Mugello. He subsequently finished on the podium at the next race, then won in Brno after that.
He was very much a model of consistency in the second half of the season, finishing on the podium two more times, and was arguably robbed of further success by a wayward Salom at Motegi and bike troubles at Valencia. He has been in the ballpark all winter, claiming it to be “the best testing I've ever had.” This is the young German's best chance of a world championship push to date.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 4th
Jerez I – 4th
Jerez II – 5th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:
+0.751sec
+0.914sec
+0.636sec
Last year's championship placing: 9th
He said: “I would like to be crowned World Champion with the Mapfre Aspar Team. I have never started a year as intense as this. It is tough but all this preparation will be crucial for pre-season and for the season itself.”

#5 Romano Fenati – Italy - San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda
Many would have been forgiven for choosing Italy's great young hope as a potential title contender at the close of last year. However the off-season has seen his Honda easily outpaced by the faster KTMs (and at times, Mahindras).

Hopes were pinned on the new Honda engine that they tried at the second Jerez test but he was still languishing back in 18th. The 17 year old was however very consistent while sampling several different settings throughout the four days and the number of laps he completed show his slow pace isn't from lack of trying. The question is can his exceptional talent cover the machine deficit while Honda works to find a solution.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 6th
Jerez I – 13th
Jerez II – 18th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:
+1.129sec
+2.037sec
+1.840sec
Last year's championship placing: 6th
He said: “I cannot be satisfied with the results of these tests, but we remain focused on the championship. Here we have tried so many things [on the] Honda-FTR, and we still have much work to do. We agree the team is very good and I'm sure we'll improve.”

#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin – Malaysia – Red Bull Ajo KTM
Arguably 2012's most improved rider, the Malaysian hotshot faces a tough task to replicate last year's form which saw him take 2 podium finishes and narrowly miss out on what would have been a famous home win.

Although his KTM boasts a new, lighter chassis he has struggled to be near the front at the Jerez tests. His aims for 2013 are modest, stating he hopes to find greater consistency and improve on his overall championship position. That said, he's surely hoping this is the year we'll see a Malaysian on the top step of a grand prix podium for the first time.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 12th
Jerez I – 20th
Jerez II – 17th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:
+1.265sec
+2.748sec
+1.817sec
Last year's championship placing: 7th
He said: “I can't wait to start. To be honest, this year the bike has quite surprised me, because it has improved a lot compared to last year. I hope to finish all the races this year and fight for a final position that is better than last year's.”

#61 Arthur Sissis – Australia – Red Bull Ajo KTM




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Great racing - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 4:17 PM

I just hope that Honda can keep with Ktm on performance for this year be really great!! It will suck a bit if this end up like 125cc with Aprilia rulling the best chances of Win like it is with Ktm for now.. Aim loocking foward to wach Oliveira winning a race=)

Grendlehop

March 29, 2013 3:51 PM

I loved watching this class last year!! I had a Kawi KLX250SF, which is more of a wannabe supermotard, but I loved wringing its neck and how well it flicked into corners! I especially like how these bikes sound & watching the drafting on the longer straights. Hope Fahmi gets his 1st win soon! He's a good kid & came soooo close at his home race!



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