Baldassarri makes Evan Bros. Yamaha debut at three-day Jerez test

Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:04 GMT

The Italian linked up with his new team for the first time at a three-day test in southern Spain

The Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto hosted the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team for the team’s first test of 2022 as they get ready for the FIM Supersport World Championship. Lorenzo Baldassarri was on track with his new team for the first time as he prepares for his debut WorldSSP campaign following his switch from Moto2™.

The test partially coincided with a private Moto2™ and Moto3™ test at Jerez with a packed-out track for Baldassarri and teammate Peter Sebestyen to test on, with the duo completing many laps across the three days of action. Baldassarri, who tested a WorldSSP machine with MV Agusta Reparto Corse in November, had the aim of adjusting to the Yamaha YZF R6 that he will compete on in 2022 and start working with the team.

Baldassarri gained confidence throughout the test and recorded a time of 1’41.844s, just 0.069s slower than the WorldSSP Tissot Superpole record set by Randy Krummenacher in 2019 for the same team. Discussing his test, Baldassarri said: “I'm very happy with how these tests went, and I'm equally happy to have joined the Evan Bros. family. Right from the start, I felt comfortable both on the bike and in the box: we worked well, and I enjoyed every moment. I can't wait to get back on track and start the season.”

Baldassarri was joined by Hungarian rider Sebestyen for the three-day test with the pair working together for the first time. Sebestyen joined the team partway through the 2021 season and was signed up for the upcoming campaign after continuing to make progress race by race last season. Reacting to his test, Sebestyen said: “I started these tests with the goal of making the most of every single minute, and I can say that I did. We had a great plan, which allowed us to improve in several areas, which is satisfying. Now I have to focus on the pace: I hope to make further progress in the next tests. It will be an intense season, and I want to be ready.”

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