MotoGP stars try new Barcelona layout on Superbikes

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With the Qatar MotoGP Test fast approaching, yesterday saw nine riders take to the new Circuit de Barcelona layout to start warming up for the 2021 season.

2021 is a year that sees a huge amount of changes, not least the man beginning the year as the reigning World Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar). He was a headline presence, joined by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team), Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol), his teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) from the premier class.

“I feel great on the bike, I’m happy because I was able to do a lot of laps today and try the new corner, it was important to understand how to do it and find the correct line to have an idea when we come back in future with the MotoGP bike. A productive day, I’m happy about that and I’m ready for Qatar,” said Mir.

“I’m preparing in the same way as before, training hard and trying to be healthy, working every day on what I want. To be a better rider, to be more complete. I’m happy about the preseason we’re doing.”

HRC new-boy Pol Espargaro added: “All winters are long but this one has been especially long, waiting for that moment. I’m really looking forward to jumping on the bike to see what I can achieve where a lot of riders have struggled.

“I have the opportunity to wear these colours and for me it’s a big responsibility but a moment in my career I’ve dreamed a lot about. I feel like now is my time and I’m going to try and make it happen.

“This winter I’ve been pushing a lot on dirt bikes, motocross, I was flat out. For months, maybe a month and a half just riding the bike, and I really enjoy it.

“I’ve never ridden so much motocross. Every year I try and put in something different to be a better Pol and a better rider, and I think this year was the time to push with motocross more than other years and I’ve been training a lot.”

There were a good number of Moto2 and Moto3 riders present too. Remy Gardner and Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Raul Fernandez were in attendance, as were Marcos Ramirez (Tennor American Racing) and reigning Moto3 World Champion Albert Arenas (Aspar Team Moto2) as he gets ready for 2021 as a Moto2 rookie.

Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) repped for Moto3 as he gears up to settle into his new team, with the likes of FIM Enel MotoE World Cup rider Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) also joining the ranks.