Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - PERE RIBA REA’S CREW CHIEF

“We would like to have been more ex­cited af­ter the win­ter tests. Or maybe we should have put in a qual­i­fy­ing tyre to do fast lap times. We could have. But as you saw last year our ap­proach, our strat­egy and our phi­los­o­phy is just to work hard. This is what we do. It is not more se­ri­ous than be­fore but we are work­ing all the time to un­der­stand the bike.

“It seems like this new bike is work­ing very well and Jonathan had a great first race, much faster than last year. But the other com­peti­tors are close. I am sure that our bike still has a lot of po­ten­tial – we just need more time. I am sure we can make a step for­ward be­cause the bike is so new.

“We have tried dif­fer­ent crank­shaft weight op­tions, dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions but let me say, this is like a kind of set-up tool. De­pend­ing on the track lay­out, grip level and so on. You can use one a lit­tle bit lighter, a lit­tle bit heav­ier. We are also still un­der­stand­ing this. And many, many other things too.

“We are al­ready faster than last year but we will get bet­ter.”

‘We are al­ready faster than last year but we will get bet­ter’ PERE RIBA

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