Pasini completes first laps as a PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider2019-05-07 12:47
Mattia Pasini undertook his first laps as a PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider this Tuesday, after a speedy move by the team to find a temporary replacement for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi. The Italian is set to stand in for the team's regular rider whilst he is sidelined with an injury to his right hand and used the Moto2 Official Test at Jerez to acquaint himself with the Kalex machine. Pasini ended the day with a good feeling and plenty of optimism, which he will take to the next round of the series at Le Mans.
Under sunny skies, the experienced Grand Prix campaigner had almost 4 hours of track time, divided into three sessions for the Moto2 class. He focused on completing as many laps as possible, in order to learn the nuances of his Kalex thoroughly and adapt the setup to his riding style. Although there was no official timing at the test, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider was one of the quickest on track from the off. He put in a total of 54 laps, with a pace consistently in the 1min 41s.
Pasini, who was announced yesterday as Khairul Idham Pawi's replacement, will debut with the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team at the French GP from May 17-19th.
#54 Mattia Pasini
"It was an incredible first day with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing here at Jerez. I'm very happy with the team; this is a family. I felt very comfortable both inside the box and on the bike. We were able to complete quite a few laps, although during the midday session the asphalt temperature was too high. I think we did a great job. We didn't really change the setup much from that with which we started the test and instead we just adapted the bike to my riding style. Although there was no official timing, I felt that we were among the fastest on track. Now it's time to concentrate on Le Mans and give our all to achieve the best possible result."
Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Right Corners: 8
Left corners: 5
Longest straight: 607m
Fastest Lap: 1:41.182
(Jorge Navarro 2019)
Circuit Record: 1:41.539
(Lorenzo Baldassarri 2019)
Source: SIC Racing Team
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