The Spanish team finishes the pre-season with a great improvement of its riders in the three days of official Moto3 tests, in which David Muñoz was the best rookie, finishing fifth and Ana Carrasco was twenty-ninth with a good progression.
The official pre-season tests for Moto2 and Moto3 have come to an end at the Portimão circuit with a great performance from BOÉ SKX. The team directed by José Ángel Gutiérrez Boé concludes an intense preseason that began with four days of private testing in Jerez, to which are added these three days of official testing at the Portuguese track.
These three days have been really positive for the whole team with a clear improvement day after day of the two BOÉ SKX riders, a test in which for the first time in 2022 all the riders of the grid have seen each other face to face on track.
As planned, the team clocked up a lot of kilometres. In total, the two BOÉ SKX riders completed 323 laps during these days, with 159 laps for David Muñoz and 164 in the case of Ana Carrasco. In addition, none of the riders had any crashes or technical problems, so these tests have been very positive for the whole team.
One of the most outstanding riders of the test was David Muñoz. The Andalusian, who is the youngest rider on the grid, has surprised many with a great adaptation from the first moment. Muñoz has been consistently among the top ten fastest in each session, and showed his intentions from the first day with the third fastest time of the day (1:48.858). On Sunday he was again very consistent with a very competitive pace. He also improved his time from the previous day with a fastest lap of 1:48.333, which put him ninth in the standings. David Muñoz continued in great form on the last day, setting his best time of the test with a 1:47.618, a lap that finished the three days in fifth place overall and with which he has become the best rookie of the test.
Ana Carrasco continues with her adaptation period and was also very consistent, a hard work that paid off with better times and feelings in every outing on track. While on the first day Carrasco’s best lap was 1:52.503, on the second day she improved by more than two seconds. Even on the third and final day he managed to lower the time to 1:49.293, a time he did on the last lap of the last session riding alone and that has been enough for him to finish in twenty-ninth position but, above all, to gain more confidence with this new bike.
David Muñoz – P5 (1:47.618): “I’m very happy with how everything went. It was the first time I competed against all the riders in the World Championship, many of them have a lot of experience, and to finish in the top five is a great result for me. I made a big step forward, I didn’t know where I was really going to be. Every day we competed well, the first day we were third, on Sunday in the last run after some adjustments we improved again and today was a perfect day for me. I am very happy with the work of the whole team, I want to thank them and all the people who support me”.
Ana Carrasco – P29 (1:49.293): “I’m quite happy, although we still have a lot of work to do. From when I started three weeks ago with this bike until now we have made a big step forward. Last week in Jerez I was able to ride fast and here I have improved day by day. My goal is to keep closing the gap to the fastest riders, I think we are doing that, but we have to keep working. What we are really lacking are kilometres and time with the bike, we have to keep learning, today I finished the day wanting to have another run because I think I could keep improving because the team is helping me to understand how to get a good performance. The lap time I think it could have been better, but we have to be happy because we started quite far off on the first day and now we are much closer. I’m looking forward to keep improving”.
José Ángel Guiérrez Boé: “We are very happy with the three days of testing. We have prepared very well for this new season and I am satisfied with the work of the whole team. David Muñoz has surprised more than one by being constantly among the fastest. We know that he is very talented and hard-working, and these results support our confidence in him. In the case of Ana, we are very happy with the progress she is making. The result should not deceive us, Ana is still in a period of adaptation to this new bike and with the great work of the whole team she has been able to improve in every outing. She feels much more comfortable and we are looking forward to continue seeing her grow with us. With these tests and the ones in Jerez we have been working many days in a row, and the team has performed exceptionally well. We are ready and excited”.
With the conclusion of these tests, the next stop for the team will be the Qatar Grand Prix, to be held over the weekend of 5-6 March.