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Moto2: de Angelis makes Speed Up debut
30 November 2012
Multi Moto2 race winner Alex de Angelis completed his first laps since injuring his hand at the penultimate Phillip Island round during a test at Almeria.
Riding alongside two of his three 2013 Forward racing team-mates, the Sammarinese used the test to make his debut on Speed Up machinery, which the team will switch to for next season.
de Angelis tested an FTR - as used this year - during the first day; then rode both the 2013 FTR and Speed Up on the next two days, but insisted the Speed Up change will go ahead.
“It's been difficult for me to test; my finger is not yet fully recovered and I didn't know the track, this has been my first time testing at Almeria,” said de Angelis.
“I tested the FTR on the day and from the second day onward I tested the Speed Up bike for the first time. I was not able to ride very fast due to my injury but it was useful for me as training and to see how I was doing after the accident.
“Next season we will ride the Speed Up bike and seeing how fast Simone [Corsi] was during this test I can tell we have a good bike, even if I wasn't able to test the bike's full potential.
“We have data that we can start working on in order be 100% ready for the 2013 season.”
No lap times were released by Forward, but Corsi was confirmed as being quickest of the trio. The Italian had made his Speed Up/Forward debut at the Valencia test.
“The test went really well, we had three days of sun,” said former Ioda/FTR rider Corsi. “Even if during the morning the track conditions were a bit cold we still managed to get in a good number of laps that provide us with important feedback for 2013.
“I have improved my feeling with the Speed Up. I am happy with both the team and the bike, so far we are working in the right direction.”
Ricky Cardus used an FTR chassis for his debut test at Valencia, when fourth rider Mattia Pasini - absent from Almeria - got in a handful of Speed Up laps.
Cardus only took part in the first day of the Almeria test, presumably due to a lack of parts, but was said to have cut the gap to the top by half a second.
“It's a shame I was only able to do one day of testing but regardless of that it was a very good one. I have consolidated my feeling with the Speed Up,” said the Spaniard. “We tested here in Almeria previously and since, we have tested many things that make me confident for next season. I can now go home for the winter break with peace of mind thanks to the feeling obtained during this last test.”
The first pre-season test of 2013 will start at Jerez on February 12.