Jorge Martín was the man to beat at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup preseason test at Motorland Aragon. Three days of beautiful sunshine and light winds made conditions perfect and the 24 Rookies put in an impressive number of laps without serious incident.
It was 16-year-old Spaniard Martín who held the top of the timing screen through most of the sessions including the very final lap when he found an extra half second compared with his best to that point in the period and recorded the fastest time of all.
He already had the quick time from Day 2 and it looked as though with slightly higher winds that would stand but as he explained that last lap just worked out perfectly. “Brad (Ray) was about fifteen metres in front and I was catching, catching, I caught him down the back straight and went straight past so it couldn’t have been better, just a great way to end the test.”
“I expected coming here to be towards the front and do OK but not to be fastest all through, that is a surprise,” explained Martín. “We did a lot of good work on the bike, improved things a lot, we could still get a bit more out of it through the fast corners but we can work on that in Jerez.”
Going into the first round of his third Rookies Cup season Martín knows that he can be satisfied with nothing less that winning the Cup after being runner up last year. “Jerez is not really my favourite track but of course I like it because I won my first Rookies Cup race there and I’m looking forward to go back this year.”
“I’m very happy with that,” grinned second placed 16-year-old Spaniard Joan Mir who starts his second Cup season. “We really made some big steps forward with the bike and for Aragon I would say it is just about perfect. Jerez is of course different and we’ll have to see but for sure we have a good starting point.”
“Coming here I was aiming for the top 5 but it is a bit of a surprise to have run in the top two or three through the test, I didn’t expect it. I am really looking forward to Jerez, it’s a track I really like.”
The opening round of the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup can be seen live on www.redbull.tv and on TV stations around the world.
Race 1 takes place on Saturday, May 3rd at 16.30 CET and Race 2 is on Sunday at 15.30, the show starts 10 minutes before the race.
Source: Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Team
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