“We were going in the wrong direction”
After a somewhat frustrating test visit to southern Spain's Jerez de la Frontera circuit last week, 125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi was left to contemplate a set-up problem which he will hope to resolve quickly when he arrives in
Qatar for the final pre-season test, before his title defence gets underway.
Like many of his fellow smaller cylinder category colleagues the Bancaja Aspar man undertook a restricted amount of testing on the first two days in Jerez last Tuesday and Wednesday due to rain, before concluding Thursday's final session seventh on the timesheet and 12th overall, with morning times included.
The Hungarian was therefore left to comment ruefully: “We've tried to improve the settings but we were going in the wrong direction. So I'm not so happy, as we were in seventh position. In reality we might not really be seventh, with some riders using slipstreaming and so on, but when we were here in January I was more competitive.”
Looking ahead to the floodlit 125cc & 250cc Losail test sessions that will take place from 1st-3rd March, ahead of the season opening Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on 9th March, Talmacsi added: “I hope that in Qatar, with extra motivation, and maybe some new parts I can be back on top.
Of course, in order to be running at the front at the desert circuit the 26 year-old rider will need to iron out some temporary issues he currently has with his Aprilia 125cc machinery.
He explained: “We don't have a big problem and we know what the problem is, it's the set-up of the suspension and the frame, basically the balance of the bike. If we can improve this I will be more competitive.”
“Overall I'm happy, because we know what the problem is, but it's not so easy to resolve. We're still working, I expected much more, I expected it to be much better, but that's the sport.”
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