"This was a good shakedown test"
The all-new Maxtra 125 GP team completed last week's pre-season test at the Valencia circuit in Spain with management and riders happy that they are making progress and are on track with the planned development schedule.
"As we said
at the Maxtra launch at the GP of China last May, we know we won't be on the leader's pace in year one, but we do have a realistic development programme which we are continuing to pursue", explained team director Garry Taylor.
"At the moment we seem to have a have a strong chassis package with the team based at Harris Performance in England making good progress with new bodywork developed from wind tunnel and aerodynamic tests, plus the very latest suspension from Ohlins.”
"On the engine side we have strong low and mid-range power and we are now working on more top end power. Jan Witteveen and his engine team are working on that area and we expect to have new components in time for our next test."
Michael Ranseder tested the very latest engine specification in the latest chassis first and he proved that it was well up to the corner speed of some of the leading manufacturer machines around the demanding Valencia GP track. He also made a race distance test, confirming the reliability of the latest specification Maxtra 125.
The experienced Ranseder also helped team mate Matt Hoyle with suggestions on how to alter his riding style to suite the Maxtra GP machine.
Hoyle also tried the latest specification engine later in the test and was impressed with the progress over the earlier version.
"This was a good shakedown test for the whole team", said Taylor. "This is the first time Michael and Matt have ridden since November last year and it was good to see them both so fit and keen to get on with the development programme.”
"It was also the first time out for the complete Maxtra 125 GP team and even the new truck worked out well on its maiden voyage! We have a clear direction where we need to make improvements and the whole project is on track for its debut race at Qatar in April."