Having missed the opening official Moto2 test of 2014, Forward Racing's newly announced chassis project made an encouraging debut at Jerez this week.
Originally due to use the FTR design, Forward will instead run modified versions of the 2013 Kalex chassis, titled as 'Forward KLX' machines.
By the conclusion of three days at Jerez, Simone Corsi had set the tenth fastest overall lap time, 0.845s behind pace setter Mika Kallio (Kalex). The Italian set his best lap of the week on the final day, despite an engine problem.
“Today I found a good feeling with the bike and I could improve my lap times,” he said. “We have missed one test, so it was important to do as many kilometres as possible and work on the setting of the bike.
“It's a pity that I had an engine problem this afternoon, when I was riding with a good pace. All in all I'm happy with the feeling I have on the bike”.
Team-mate Mattia Pasini, who like Corsi raced a Speed Up chassis for Forward last season, was 19th fastest - but only 1.1s from Kallio.
“I'm very satisfied of these three days of testing,” Pasini said. “I'm still not 100% after the surgery I had on my wrist last December, but it was important to be back on track and do the necessary shakedown work with the machine.
“I was comfortable with the bike since the beginning and we gathered important information that will be useful to improve the set-up of the machine. I'm confident that we will be fast with these new bikes.”
NGM Forward Racing will be back on track for the last official pre-season test, at Jerez from March 11-13.