Xavier Simeon declared himself to be ‘quite satisfied’ with his recent progress on a MotoGP machine after he ended Wednesday with the 21st fastest time.

The Belgian was forced to end his first day of the private test at Jerez early due to a crash at turn five as he sought out the braking limits on his Ducati GP16.

But the one-time grand prix winner feels he is making progress. “It’s a little bit confusing at the moment but lap-by-lap I was improving,” he said.

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“It’s difficult,” said Simeon, the 13th quickest MotoGP man on Wednesday. “The track looks different from Moto2 and I have to change completely the riding style. It’s good that we could make another test here.

“Maybe compared to Valencia this is a track that was easier to understand. It has fast corners, slow corners and with the new asphalt it’s quite strong. I’m trying to find the best way to ride it because it’s completely different. It’s a little bit confusing at the moment but lap-by-lap I was improving. I’m quite satisfied.

“At the moment we change nothing on the bike, just small things in terms of electronics. I’m more concentrated on where I have to brake, and where I can find the confidence to pick up the bike.

“At the moment we’re just focussed on that. When I have a more natural style with the bike we will try to make some setting on the bike.”

On the crash that prematurely ended his day, Simeon said, “I had a crash at turn five. Like I said, I’m trying to find the limit because with the Moto2 you have to go into the corner with braking. With the MotoGP you have to release before.

“I was in a good run with old tyres and already improving my lap time. I enter a little bit faster, used the brake a little bit earlier and felt the bike going. I didn’t have the same luck that Marquez had at the same moment! I couldn’t avoid the crash. Anyway, I know why so it’s OK. I’m quite satisfied we made this morning.”

Asked for his opinion on the new track surface at Jerez, Simeon added, “I didn’t ride here in MotoGP before but it looks like the track surface is better. Also that’s what’s good; the tyre life is OK. After some laps the tyres drops a lot but with the Michelin in MotoGP everything looks OK. I think they did a good job.

“[Tomorrow] We’ll try tomorrow the same things, trying to improve on the bike and take the confidence with the tyres, the bike and not focus on the lap time. If the lap time comes, very good. If not it’s not a problem.”

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