by Matt Shine |
British rider James Ellison finally put some lap time in on the ART prototype of the Paul Bird Racing team during the second day of the private test at Jerez.
With two days of testing under their belts five riders from the CRT's plus Ducati satellite rider Karel Abraham and Ducati test rider Franco Battaini the teams called it a wrap at Jerez.
New Claiming Rule Team, Paul Bird Motorsport Team with Brit rider James Ellison hit the tarmac with his first laps on the ART bike ahead of his return to the World Championship five years after retiring from the premier class. Ellison put in a best time of 1’44.4 on the ART bike, and although he only completed 36 laps, the rider was upbeat with the machines performance.
Randy de Puniet continued to be the fastest rider aboard a CRT, setting a best time of 1’40.9 on board the Power Electronics Aspar Team ART as he continued to furter develop new options with the electronics package. De Puniet managed to finish the day 7 tenths of a second faster than his day 1 tests.
Fellow Power Electronics Aspar Team ART rider Aleix Espargaró was able to complete a full track session on day two after being forced to cut short his first day due to sickness. The Spaniard though failed to produce any good laps and crashed twice. Espargaró complained he was unable to hold a line in the fast corners, adding he was losing feeling and running wide on the exit. But the Aspar rider, managed to match his best time of 1’42.6 set on Monday.
Speed Master ART rider Mattia Pasini’s second day proved successful as the 26 year old improved his time by 1.3 seconds on the Speed just over a second behind the fastest rider on the track.
Cardion AB Motoracing's Karel Abraham joined the test, completing 46 laps before he crashed out in which his GP12 went up in flames, causing a lot of damage to the front end and chassis. Abraham escaped without serious injury but the Ducati team now face a huge task to get the bike fixed for Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) to ride on day three, (the Spaniard was to share the satellite Ducati with Abraham for one day each of testing). Ducati are hopeful that their mechanics can repair the bike overnight for the third and final day of testing.
Ioda Racing's Danilo Petrucci was another crash victim as he slid the Ioda Racing machine off track after matching his best time of 1’43.3. The 21 year old Italian was reported by MotoGP.com as saying he is not 100% sure that the team will be able to reassemble the bike in time for the last day of testing, an important day as the Italian claims there is still a lot of work to be done on the electronics.