Marcel Schrotter began 2015 by setting the eleventh fastest lap time on the 2014 Tech 3 chassis and then left 'super excited' by his first impressions of the new Mistral 610.

The young German was 1.166s from pace setter Johann Zarco (Kalex) but less than three tenths from fifth position on the dry opening day at Valencia. Bad weather blighted the remainder of the test, but Schrotter returned on the 2015 bike for 34 wet laps on the third and final day.

"On the opening day, we used the 2014 chassis Mistral 610 in order to get back into the swing of riding," he said. "A part in the engine broke in the second session, so we had to replace the motor which meant we lost some track time. Yet, once the bike was ready, I went back out and it was great to be riding again after the long winter.

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"On Wednesday we originally planned to use the 2015 chassis but as the weather was still not good, we chose not to ride. Even though the conditions did not improve [on day three], we were still able to run and I completed some laps on the new chassis which had a good feeling.

"Now we hope for better weather in Jerez next week, because after the initial laps on the new bike, I am super excited. I feel super comfortable on the bike, so I can't wait to get back out on track."

Team-mate Ricky Cardus posted a best time of 1m 37.492s on the opening day, placing him 25th overall. The Spaniard also sat out Wednesday, before completing 11 wet laps on the morning of the final day.

"On the opening day, we just tried to get back into the rhythm and increase my confidence after the long break. Also, I didn't want to push really hard on the new 2015 specification Mistral. It was cold at the track and I had a silly crash when I touched the brake on the right corner and the tyre was still not warm enough, so I fell.

"Of course, this slowed us down a bit and we lost some track time and I had some difficulties with finding a good feeling with the bike afterwards. The chassis is quite different compared to last year, so it took a while to get used to it but the first impressions are good.

"[On day two] we didn't test and [day three], because it was still raining we only did eleven laps, however I was able to be competitive with my times. The team know the direction which we need to head towards, but we definitely need to ride more kilometres on the bike and really put our work in at the next test in Jerez.

"I am optimistic and if we do this, we will be fully prepared for Qatar where we will be able to reach the chequered flag higher up the field.'

Schrotter and Cardus finished a career best 10th and 18th respectively for Tech 3 in last year's world championship.