Xavi Vierge put his new Tech 3 Moto2 package third fastest during the opening private test of 2016 at Valencia.

As well as this latest Mistral 610 chassis, Vierge and team-mate Isaac Vi?ales sampled new KYB suspension - which the team will run throughout this year's world championship - plus Nissin brakes and Sakura exhaust system.

Vierge, who joined Tech 3 midway through last season, completed more laps than any other rider (90) with a best time of 1m 35.5s. That put the young Spaniard one-second from world champion Johann Zarco and half-a-second from another Kalex of Jonas Folger.

"I am very happy with what we accomplished at this test and I am excited for our next run out in Jerez," Vierge said. "We ran a solid programme and had a lot of different things to try but overall, I am satisfied with every aspect.

"The new chassis package was positive and I am already quite comfortable with it. In addition, we tested a lot of suspension parts from KYB and I am really pleased with this as the results were encouraging and we had some great support from them. We also tried new Nissin brakes and a new exhaust pipe from Sakura, which all felt positive and had a good impact.

"Furthermore, I was still able to set a competitive lap time that leaves me satisfied about the first test and eager for more. I must say thanks to the Tech 3 Racing Team because they worked really hard during the winter and now everything is coming together."

Rookie Vi?ales rode for 72 laps with a best time og 1m 36.9s, putting him seventh out of the riders present.

"Overall, both days were positive and I have to say that I am pleased with the work that we achieved," he said. "It's great to be back at the track where we finally started our preparation for the approaching season. I am very pleased with the Tech3 Racing Team's work and how they are helping me, with the overall feeling being confident.

"Of course, the change to Moto2 is challenging but I feel that I am gradually adapting to the intermediate class and I am looking forward to making some further steps forward at the next test."



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