Gresini's Lorenzo Baldassarri, who cited size problems for his non-scoring rookie Moto3 season, stepped up to the team's Moto2 Suter during testing at Jerez on Thursday.

"It doesn't feel real that I am finally on a bike that I am comfortable with and from now on my height and weight won't be a problem," said Baldassarri, who was 21st on the timesheets.

"I am really happy and after getting a first feel for the bike today I am looking forward to improving my lap times tomorrow, although it is very early days yet and I need to spend time adjusting to the characteristics of this bike. I am excited about this new experience though and I enjoyed my 55 laps today a lot!"

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The Italian was riding alongside new signing Xavier Simeon, who claimed eleventh place on his Gresini debut.

"I am very happy and proud to have made my debut with this team today," commented the Belgian. "We spent today adjusting the seat position and generally altering the bike to suit my dimensions and riding style. I am happy and looking forward to focusing more on the set-up tomorrow."

Simeon was 1.3s behind pace setter and fellow Suter rider Thomas Luthi.