The new Avintia Blusens MotoGP team feels it will be able to take the fight to other CRTs following the conclusion of the Jerez MotoGP test.
Bottom of the timesheets in all three official tests with its FTR-Kawasaki, rookie riders Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez were at least able to get within one-second of most of their CRT rivals during the final test in Spain.
“I am happy with this result. We have taken another step ahead and furthermore we have proven that we can measure up to the other CRT teams,” declared team manager
“We still have room to improve and this is motivating. It has to be taken into account that many line-ups have been working for a long time now whereas we have only just begun. We didn't experience any major issues or crashes. I am proud of the whole team and their effort to carry out this task.”
Back of the field Hernandez, 4.1sec from Honda's Casey Stoner and 2.3sec from CRT pace setter Randy de Puniet, already has his sights on the Frenchman.
“I am quite excited because we can actually measure up with the other CRTs, but we still have a lot of room for improvement. de Puniet managed to escape a little... but we´ll catch up with him!”
Hernandez was 1.261sec from the second best CRT of de Puniet's Aspar Aprilia team-mate Aleix Espargaro.
Avintia is the only CRT using a Kawasaki engine. Gresini's Michele Pirro, the other rider using an FTR chassis, was just 0.234sec quicker than Silva with his Honda powered machine.
The next track action will be during practice for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, on April 5.