23 intermediate class and six lightweight class riders were busy trying setup and new parts on Monday at the Red Bull Ring
After an action-packed myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 23 Moto2™ and six Moto3™ riders were back on track to put in a day of testing on a sunny Monday at the Red Bull Ring.
Moto2™ Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was putting in the work, the Spaniard had an evolution chassis from Kalex to test for the 2020 season. Fellow Kalex rider Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) had a tricky weekend in Austria, but the British rider was able to find the setup he was looking for all weekend on Monday. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) was meant to be joining his competitors on track, however, the Italian is still hurting from Sunday’s Turn 9 crash with Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46). The latter and teammate Nicolo Bulega were in testing action, with Dynavolt Intact GP’s Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi were working on race setup in Austria after a tougher than expected weekend.
Elsewhere, Austrian GP race winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was getting more laps under his belt ahead of the rest of the campaign, with teammate Jorge Martin having a 3D printed front air intake to try, as well as having a different fairing to Binder. Both Martin and Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Marco Bezzecchi were trying the front air intake, which had the same look as the original 2019 version, but without a split in the middle. Bezzecchi was also given the new KTM from Brno to test. Fellow KTM rider Iker Lecuona had a few bike issues at the start of the day, with the American Racing KTM team testing with Lecuona and Joe Roberts.
Beta Tools Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio gave a new, leaner front fairing a go. Simone Corsi was out testing Steven Odendaal’s NTS RW Racing GP bike with the aim of helping the South African out, with Odendaal also trying teammate Bo Bendsneyder’s bike for setup comparison. MV Agusta Temporary Forward continued their Moto2™ development ahead of the rest of 2019. A few of the Moto2™ riders tried Dunlops new front tyre for 2020. It gave a significantly different feel, with a couple struggling with the grip initially.
In the Moto3™ class, fourth-place Austrian GP finisher Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46) did a fair amount of work on the 2020 KTM. Vietti seemed to be the only rider testing it, with the new bike having a full carbon fairing and a slightly different look to it. Can Öncü stayed in Austria to continue his work on the 2019 Red Bull KTM Ajo, with Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) being joined by FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship rider Jason Dupasquier as he had a run out on a World Championship level machine for the first time.
The riders now have a weekend off before heading to Silverstone in under two weeks’ time for the GoPro British Grand Prix.
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