Productive 2-day test at Albacete for Dan and the Racing Steps Foundation JWC squad
The Racing Steps Foundation Junior World Championship Team had a busy and productive two day test at the Albacete circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The KRP mechanics were managed as usual by team boss Mark Keen who was just back from the Qatar MotoGP.
Together they worked hard to make the most of the opportunity, giving riders Dan Jones and teammate Rory Skinner as many laps as possible. Several of this year’s JWC teams were also there testing as Albacete is the venue for the first event of this highly competitive series on 30th April.
Excellent sunny weather with little wind and an open pit lane 10:00 until 18:00 gave long days around the very technical track. As the team has switched from last year’s FTR KTM machines, both the RSF riders used to opportunity to learn about how to get the most from their new all KTM machines.
Dan Jones had not been round the Albacete circuit before so he spent his first session getting to know the 3.55 km track which is very technical with 14 corners, eight right hand and six left hand.
“I liked the track” said Dan, “but it’s certainly not easy for sure. Also the KTM is much more sensitive than the standard Honda Moto3 machine I was riding last year in the British series. So it’s a big learning curve at present. But at least the weather’s good over here and the track time we get is amazing. So we’re getting there.”
Both riders are back out to Spain again at the weekend to join The Red Bull Rookies for next week’s pre-season test at MotorLand Aragon. And they’re hoping to get there early enough to see some of the WorldSBK races and cheer on the British riders.