Gino Rea endured a difficult test at Jerez in Spain on his Moriwaki MD600 as the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider struggled to make progress with the set-up of the machine.
Rea's misery was compounded when he was involved in a collision with Marc Marquez and although both riders escaped unhurt, Rea's test was brought to a premature halt as a result.
The British rider worked tirelessly on his suspension package and general set-up without making a significant step forward and the team will now base their work around Rea's feedback prior to the opening round in Qatar next month.
Rea, who languished in 25th position with a best lap of 1m 43.636s following the three-day test, said: “It goes without saying that we are behind at the moment and the gap to the top guys is too big. Unfortunately we have struggled to find the right set-up or even the right path towards it so we have work to do.
“We have done a lot with the Showa suspension but we still need to do a lot more. The collision with Marquez compromised the end of the test because the bike needed completely rebuilding.”
Team boss Fausto Gresini added: “We can't really be happy with this test. The crash involving Marquez brought it to an early conclusion but it's difficult to say if we'd have improved.
“Gino Rea can definitely hope to be competing closer to the front on the Moriwaki so we have to work from the rider's feedback now and try to be ready for the start of the championship in Qatar. We will work together with Showa and try to recover lost ground.”