Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro has been on track for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown as he and test rider Dani Pedrosa span some laps at the Red Bull Ring.
The pair completed a two-day programme with a total team of 20 people but Brad Binder was unable to ride as he is still not allowed to leave his native South Africa.
“I don’t think I have ever been so long without a bike – especially one for competition – so it was a little bit difficult in the first few runs yesterday but I was quickly up to the kind of rhythm I was setting in Qatar,” said Espargaro.
“It was great to get back in action and I think we all felt that: there were a lot of smiling faces in the box. Technically we made some improvements.
“The first priority was to get our feeling back with the bike but we also brought quite a lot to test and this was interesting.
“The good weather meant we could play with a lot on the bike and we improved mostly with the chassis but also some electronics. I’m really happy. Now just to look forward to the first race.”