Tech 3's new Moto2 line-up of Marcel Schrotter and ?lex Mari?elarena got their 2014 preparations underway during this week's official test at Valencia.

Using the latest version of Tech 3's self-designed Mistral 610, Schrotter set the 19th fastest lap time, 1.5s from test leader Esteve Rabat (Kalex).

"I am happy with how the test went," said the German. "There were a few issues yesterday and this morning, with the bike suffering from chatter. This was unfortunate as the team and I were unable to work through our test schedule which we planned.

"Once this was solved, I had a good feeling with the bike and improved quickly. There are still six days of testing left, and I am confident that I will be prepared and be closer to the front as Qatar approaches."

Young Spaniard Mari?elarena's time on track was restricted due to an early fall in the Tuesday session. He was uninjured but consequently lost track time due to repairs.

However, the former CEV Buckler race winner regained his confidence and continued to push onward during the following days, finishing up with the 25th best lap out of the 31 riders to set a time.

"Overall, I am quite happy. I was disappointed to have crashed on the first day, which meant that we lost the whole day of testing," he confirmed. "On the second day, the team had to change the engine, which meant that we lost even more time.

"However, once everything was repaired on Wednesday afternoon, I was happy with how the bike felt and was also pleased with some of the other improvements the team made. I am feeling really confident and am looking forward to Jerez. I want say a big thanks to my Tech3 Racing Team for all of their work this week as well."

The next test session will commence on the 18th of February at Jerez, Spain.



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