Johann Zarco began preparations for his 2016 Moto2 title defence by leading a two-day private test at Valencia.

The Ajo Motorsport rider, aiming to become the first double Moto2 champion, spent the test working on set-up for the latest Kalex chassis. The Frenchman completed 148 laps and was 'frequently' under the circuit record.

"These two days in Valencia were a good test for us, especially considering that we did not have a good weekend here during the GP," said Zarco, who finished the season with a seventh place. "I never felt very comfortable on the bike, but from Monday I got faster and my feeling improved. This has made me more relaxed mentally.

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"We have been working on different balances for the bike. After a year of experience, we don't need to focus on times but rather work on understanding the bike better. We need to see what set-ups are best and be prepared for the different conditions that will occur next year. This is what we have been working on.

"Today [Tuesday] the conditions were very good; it was sunny, warm and there was no wind. We finished off by setting a good time, which takes us into the winter break with a smile on our faces."

Sandro Cortese was closest of the other riders present at the private test, lapping two tenths slower than Zarco's 1m 34.489s.

Zarco won't ride his Kalex again until after the winter testing ban, in February.