Openbank Aspar Team gets off to a good start in 2024

Kevin Zannoni and Jordi Torres complete three positive test days at Portimao to finish in the top eleven

The electric category of the World Championship got underway with the first tests of 2024 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve (Portugal). The three days of testing allowed the riders to get in touch with their bikes before the start of next season. The Openbank Aspar Team got off to a good start this preseason: Kevin Zannoni, in his debut with the team, finished with the eighth fastest time over the three days, while Jordi Torres, who will be looking to fight for the title again, finished eleventh.

Zannoni showed a great adaptation to his new team: he completed a total of 82 laps and his best time was 1:47.396. For his part, Torres clocked a best time of 1:47.554, in a test in which the Catalan rider worked especially on the set-up of his bike, and finished with a very good feeling. In addition, the riders had the opportunity to carry out a race simulation, in which both showed a very positive pace. Héctor Garzó, who set a time of 1:46.916, was the fastest MotoE rider in the test, with Nicholas Spinelli second and Matteo Ferrari third.

8th Kevin Zannoni 1:47.396 (82 laps): "It has been a positive first test, I felt good with my mechanics from the beginning, I found it easy to find a good set-up and I learned a lot from the way the team works. We worked hard from the first day and made modifications until the last session. We have a good starting base and I am very happy about this. I want to thank the whole team for their work during the test."

11th Jordi Torres 1:47.554, (74 laps): "It's been a good first test. It was time to get back on the bike, for the team to get back on track, to get back in touch with each other and to do it with the incentive of a new circuit. We had never been to Portimao before, it's a rollercoaster, with lots of ups and downs. It is a spectacular circuit and, despite the variable weather conditions, we are still competitive and we are at the front in every practice session. We continue to work on ourselves, making changes to the bike to get to know it better, which will help us throughout the year. It is very important to work these days and to have a lot of resources so that later, during the weekends, we can be more agile when it comes to fine-tuning the bike. Everything is working very well, we know the points we have to improve and we keep working."