This morning, after almost three months, a MotoGP bike went out onto the track. It was the KTM RC16 and Pol Espargarò was riding it through the curves of the Red Bull Ring. The Austrian manufacturer beaten everyone else to it, by organizing the first test after the inactivity imposed by the restrictions due to the coronavirus. On the Spielberg circuit in addition to Pol there is also Dani Pedrosa, while Brad Binder has not yet managed to get out of South Africa.
Espargarò did not want to waste time and at 9 in the morning he was ready to go out of the garage, despite the fact that the 12° C temperature was not exactly ideal.
"On a day like this, you don’t take the track temperature," KTM director Pit Beirer told Speedweek jokingly.
Difficult to blame him, because the desire to get back to experiencing the emotions of a MotoGP bike is something uncontrollable and even Dani did not wait long before joining Pol.
"Hearing the noise of the engine is much better than spending the days studying the decreasing numbers of the coronavirus," added Beirer with a smile.
Espargarò and Pedrosa will continue their tests on the Austrian track tomorrow.
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