The Mapfre Aspar team has completed a successful first test with the Suter chassis following the decision to switch from original suppliers RSV after just two Moto2 races.
Although rider Julian Simon has been competitive in both races at Losail and Jerez, the Spanish team felt the change was necessary in order to challenge up front straight away, rather than develop the RSV chassis.
The chassis made its debut in the hands of Simon and team-mate Mike di Meglio during a test in Albacete, and while weather conditions hampered progress on the second day, team manager Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' was pleased with the bike's potential.
"Our second day at Albacete was also affected by the weather but fortunately the whole team was able to get some work done. It is positive because both Julián and Mike got to know the bike a little and they won't be starting from scratch at Le Mans.
“It was a positive first contact with the bike but there is still a lot of work to do and the riders need more time to get used to the bike. Whatever happens they will work their hardest to pick up a good result in France."
"I'm really pleased with the Albacete test because it was useful to get to know the Suter,” Simon added. “The main inconvenience today was the cold and the wind but we were able to do a lot of work on the front suspension, trying to iron out the chattering, although it was difficult to get rid of it completely because it was so hard to get the tyres up to temperature in these conditions.
“In general I am satisfied because the test has given us a chance to get to know the bike and we have got some homework done before France. The feeling with the bike was good, the mechanics have also got some experience with it now too and I'm sure we'll be able to get straight on the pace at Le Mans.”
Suter is well represented on the Moto2 grid this season, with now 13 entries, while it is also leading the championship in the hands of Qatar winner Shoya Tomizawa.