Moto2: Forward Racing complete wind tunnel testing

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Forward Racing have become the latest Moto2 team to take to the wind tunnel in an attempt to increase performance, as they use aerodynamic testing to utilise the best positioning on the bike for their riders.

Taking to the Raffaele Balli test centre at the Department of Engineering of the University of Perugia with riders Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri, team boss Giovanni Cuzari says the day was not only useful but also educational for the squad.

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"I consider this a very interesting experience that comes at a key moment of the year, mid-season, when our boys know the new bike well already and can focus on going faster with it, by improving aerodynamics and CX. I wish to thank the University of Perugia, Professor Castellani and his team, who supported us and gave proof of great professionalism.

“A special thanks to the boys of the team that, despite the holiday break, came here to study improvements for our riders. Thanks a lot to the sponsors who support us and they do it even in these research and development initiatives. Now we just have to get on track at Spielberg and put into practice what we have learned in the hope of being able to count the kilometres earned in top speed."

His comments were echoed by Marini, who says the knowledge gained should come into play next time out at the Red Bull Ring.

"This day we spent in the wind tunnel was very useful, now we have to study the data provided to us by the technicians of the University of Perugia but I am pretty sure that we can get even more performance by improving some small details especially in tracks with long straights. Soon we will go to Austria, it will give us some feedback right away even though it is a new track.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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