Reale Avintia Racing returned to action from February 22nd to 24th at the Losail International Circuit for the final pre-season MotoGP test. The team continued to work on the evolution of the Ducati Desmosedici GP19 and completed three very productive and useful days.
Johann Zarco was able to continue working on the adaptation and set-up with his Ducati for 2020. During the three days, the French rider managed to complete a total of 186 laps, almost 1000 kilometres. In the combined classification, Zarco finished in 14th position and the best time was set in Saturday’s session with 1:54.565.
Tito Rabat continued with the set-up work and improved his feeling on the Ducati. The Spanish rider clocked almost 920 kilometres thanks to the 170 laps accumulated over the three days of testing. Rabat set his best time on the third day with 1:54.674 and finished 17th in the combined.
With the end of the test in Losail, the Reale Avintia Racing puts an end to the preseason. Next March 6th, the 2020 season will start in the same track on the occasion of the Qatar Grand Prix.
“It was a positive test. It will be a hard-fought championship as we are all in the same second. On the one hand, satisfied with the time, we have to improve lap by lap. We have to stay calm and keep working day by day as we are doing. I begin to have ideas about the structure of how to drive this Ducati to go fast. Now to recover and go back to Qatar at full speed for the race.”
“It has been a good test. Compared to Malaysia I had a better control of the bike and when the tyres are new, I can get a good lap time. The third day I cannot improve the second day time because I’ve been working in other things, sometimes we have small problems that don’t help us to continue with the plan that we have. I’m happy with the test and I can’t wait for the first race.”