Marcel Schrotter got to grips with Tech 3's new Mistral 610 Moto2 machine on his way to clocking the 13th fastest time at this week's Jerez test.

The German's best lap was 1.055s behind Kalex pace setter Johann Zarco, but 0.6s ahead of next best Tech 3 rider Louis Rossi (Tasca Racing) in 20th. Schrotter's team-mate Ricky Cardus was 23rd, +1.858s.

"It was a tricky test across all three days for us because the team and I had to learn the new bike which was a bit challenging," Schrotter began. "We didn't have the chance to run as much as we wanted in Valencia, due to the weather and here when we began, we didn't have much direction to go towards. However, we made some good progress by collecting as much information as possible.

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"Today we tried contrasting set-ups with the bike but none of them gave us a huge advantage initially. However, when we went back out for the final session we reverted back to the setup we used yesterday evening and were able to easily improve again. This was even on used tyres and I managed to go quicker than the whole day.

"It's unfortunate at the moment that Ricky and Louis are a bit behind because it would be useful to have more data especially with the new bike. Yet, of course for me, it's also positive to be in front of them.

"With the bike setup that we had tonight, I felt really confident and it was the best way to close these three days. So, I'm now looking forward to returning here on the 17th March [for the final test] and I must also give a big thank you to the team who did a great job and worked non-stop between the sessions."

Cardus, who completed a mammoth 208 laps, admitted to being a 'bit lost' on day one and also suffered a 'stupid crash' after tangling with another rider.

"On the first day, I was a bit lost and it wasn't such a positive time. However, we turned it around and on day two we improved and then made further advances today. I had a stupid crash that didn't help matters at all when one of the riders disrupted me on track, so I crashed. I landed on my shoulder which is in a bit of pain, but overall, it's nothing I am too worried about.

"I'm still a bit behind my teammate, so of course we need to continue working but I am certain that we will be a lot more competitive and fully prepared when we arrive in Qatar. Marcel has shown that the bike is fast so we just have to improve my feeling as well as riding style and then I am sure I can be where I want to be."

The final official pre-season takes place at Jerez from March 17-19.