Aspar riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres, who both won Moto2 races last year, finished the second official test of the season in 17th and 23rd respectively at Jerez this week.
The Suter pair insisted they were not particularly troubled by their position on timesheets, with Terol only 1.076s from the fastest lap of the test, by Marc VDS Kalex rider Mika Kallio, with Torres +1.368s.
“I am happier today because I feel like I have got the feeling for my bike back. I got a bit lost with the front fork but we found our way yesterday and today we were able to confirm that, stepping up the rhythm and consistency even though we didn't set a particularly fast lap,” said Terol, who had been eighth quickest at the Valencia test.
“We can leave Jerez feeling happy. The lap times at the top are really impressive but that often tends to happen in testing, the important thing is to be ready for the first race. We are on the right path and this has been a positive test for us because we have rebuilt our confidence with the bike. I'd like to be a bit higher up the order but it's only a matter of time.”
Torres, ranked sixth overall at Valencia, was 1.368s from Kallio at Jerez. Like Terol he is 'not panicking'.
“The lap time is not as good as the guys at the top but we are not panicking about that, the goal here was to establish a good base to work from without worrying about the lap time. In any case, our pace has been better here at Jerez than last year,” he declared.
Torres spent much of the test working on corner entry.
“We tried some different configurations with the front fork today to try and find a bit more stability in corner entry. We also made some changes to the rear to improve grip and get the bike turning better at full lean.
“The feedback was good and the majority of things we tried were positive but we still need to take another step forward, especially in terms of letting the bike run off the brakes.”
The top Suter rider at Jerez was Thomas Luthi, in third place (+0.085s).