Archive - 2011 - Race Or Practice Result
Eugene Laverty leaves the World Superbike test in excellent shape, ending the final day of testing as fastest and shaving a few hundredths off his Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi's official lap record of 1'42.774. Biaggi was close to his own lap record, and just a tenth slower than Laverty, while the Aprilia pairing led a gaggle of BMWs, all with the same time, Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri and satellite BMW Italia rider Ayrton Badovini posting laps of 1'43.1.
Chaz Davies had also impressed throughout the test. On his second outing on the ParkinGO Aprilia, and just his second test on a World Superbike machine, Davies ended the three-day test with a best time of 1'43.2, half a second off Laverty's time. Davies was six tenths quicker than Leon Camier on the Englishman's first outing on the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R 1000, Camier warming to the task and dropping a second off his best time from Monday to Wednesday. Michel Fabrizio ended the test as last of the regular WSBK riders, 1.2 seconds off Laverty's time, while Alastair Seeley posted a very respectable 1'44.1 after his first visit to the track, Seeley having been drafted in to replace John Hopkins, who is still recovering from finger surgery.
Leon Haslam continues to top the unofficial timesheets on the second day of the World Superbike test at Portimao. The factory BMW rider took four tenths off his time from yesterday, setting his fastest time on race tires, while focussing mainly on chassis set up. Factory Aprilia man Eugene Laverty was 2nd quickest, and just a tenth off Haslam's time, despite a big highside in the early afternoon, which knocked the wind out of the Irishman but did not prevent him from going straight back out again.
Satellite BMW Italia rider Ayrton Badovini continues to impress, setting the 3rd fastest time once again, the 1'43.4 coming as part of a long series of laps in the low 1'43s, and putting him two tenths ahead of the 2010 World Champion Max Biaggi. Biaggi had a few small parts to test, but his main focus is on recovering his form after spending the last three months on and off the bike since breaking his foot at the Nurburgring. Reigning World Supersport Chaz Davies was 5th fastest, a second off Haslam's time, and spent his time trying to get his head round the many complexities of a Superbike machine, after having far fewer options for adjustment on his Supersport machine in 2011.
Fresh off the back of three days testing at Jerez, the factory BMW team topped the timesheets of the first day of the combined Aprilia, BMW and Suzuki test at the Portimao test. Leon Haslam led his teammate Marco Melandri, the Englishman posting a time of 1'43.6, a tenth quicker than Melandri, but a long way off Max Biaggi's lap record, the track conditions far from ideal despite warm and sunny weather. The factory BMW team continued the work on the new generation of electronics to be used for the coming season - though the provenance of the electronics remains mysterious, with rumors of the team running both Magneti Marelli and Pi systems, while BMW insists that the systems are BMW electronics. The mechanics were also given plenty of work to do, Marco Melandri writing off his S1000RR in a massive crash at the end of the day.
The final day of testing for the MotoGP and Moto2 classes for 2012 wrapped up at Jerez under clear skies and slightly cooler conditions, but still perfect for testing Grand Prix motorcycles. The field had thinned out considerably for the final day, with the Colin Edwards' NGM Forward team having gone home, and Carlos Checa having flown out to Moscow to present the Russian round of World Superbikes the evening before, while the Forward and Pons Moto2 teams had also decided to pack up after the second day.
The lack of other riders made no difference to the top of the Moto2 timesheets, Scott Redding once again fastest aboard the Marc VDS Racing Kalex for the third day in a row. Bradley Smith's improvement on the 2012 Tech 3 bike also continued, the Englishman cutting another half a second off his time from yesterday, and ending just a tenth behind Redding. Gino Rea matched the pace of Smith, the young Londoner continuing to test for the Gresini team. Redding's teammate Mika Kallio was 4th fastest on the day, half a second quicker than Tech 3's Xavier Simeon.
2011 Jerez Combined MotoGP And Moto2 Test Day 2 Unofficial Times: The Aprilia Fastest, CRT Bikes Find Big Gains
Testing continued at Jerez again on Thursday, with mixture of MotoGP, Moto2 and WSBK machines all sharing the track, together with something of a hybrid, Aprilia running its RSV4 World Superbike machine at the circuit fitted with Bridgestone tires and carbon brakes. With Randy de Puniet now aboard - and inching ever closer to agreeing a contract to race the Aprilia for Aspar in MotoGP - the Aprilia was the fastest bike on track, posting a time of 1'41.5, which is within striking distance of the factory prototypes from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. The bike is being run out of the Aspar garage, where the Aprilia test team is working closely with Aspar personnel to help gather data from the bike using MotoGP brakes and tires.
2011 Jerez Combined MotoGP And Moto2 Test Day 1 Unofficial Times: Moto2 Faster Than CRT Bikes, Matching WSBK
The weather in Jerez for the private test for a number of Moto2, MotoGP and WSBK teams looks like more than making up for the washed out test at Valencia last week, with the first day of testing taking place under blue skies and warm temperatures, conditions which look set to stay all week. The day saw a variety of bikes taking to the track, with Ducati's test team, a handful of top Moto2 teams, and another sprinkling of MotoGP CRT machines running alongside the BMW World Superbike squad.
As it is a private test, no official times were released, but a raft of unofficial times were made available and assembled by the excellent Spanish site MotoWorld.es. Fastest man of the day - very unofficially - was Carlo Checa, the 2011 World Superbike champion gathering data with the "GPZero" version of the Desmosedici MotoGP bike, the aluminium-framed version of the GP12 with identical dimensions to the bike with the carbon fiber subframe and the engine as a stressed member. Unsurprisingly, Checa was 1.8 seconds faster than the Moto2 machines, Scott Redding having been quickest on the Marc VDS Racing Kalex, despite a morning crash which trashed his bike.
Gino Rea has topped the timesheets on the final day of testing at Valencia, taking advantage of the dry track during the morning session, before the rain came to stop play. The Londoner had been fastest on the previous day, when only a few riders were out on track due to the heavy rain, and having been fastest on the Friday and impressive on Wednesday, Rea looks set to secure a ride in Moto2 next year. The details are yet to be finalized, but Rea is inching closer to a contract with Gresini to race the Moriwaki, with backing from the Crimean circuit which supported his strong year in World Supersport in 2011.
Italtrans' Claudio Corti was the only rider to match the pace of Rea, the Italian trying out the Kalex as well as the Suter he raced last season. The Marc VDS Racing duo of Scott Redding and Mika Kallio were 3rd and 4th, Marc VDS already having made the switch to Kalex after the 2011 season ended. The German-built chassis was extremely popular, with Andrea Iannone also giving the Kalex a whirl to compare it to the FTR his team is due to run in 2012.
Pol Espargaro was the fastest Moto2 rider out of the box on the first of three days of testing for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Spaniard, who has switched to join Sito Pons' team for 2012, was two tenths faster than his new teammate Tito Rabat, who rode for the BQR team in 2011. Scott Redding was 3rd fastest, matching the time of Rabat and very pleased with the new bike, the Marc VDS team having switched to Kalex for 2012. Andrea Iannone was the first non-Kalex rider on the timesheets, the Italian also switching chassis, going back to use an FTR chassis for next season. Aleix Espargaro was the first of the Suter riders, the older of the Espargaro brothers having vacated the bike taken by his younger brother Pol to join Aspar, while Gino Rea was the fastest man on a Moriwaki, the British rider close to a deal with the Gresini team to bring his Russian sponsor into Moto2 for 2012.
Unofficial times at the end of day 1, courtesy of the Valencia Circuit Twitter Feed:
For a complete picture of the times from the two days of testing, below are comparisons for all riders from both days of testing. The track improved a lot during the second day of testing, and everyone who rode both days set their fastest time on Wednesday, the second day of the test.
Final times from day 2 of the MotoGP test at Valencia:
2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Test Times At 3:00pm - Pedrosa And Stoner Still Fastest, Rossi, Bautista Improve
Times at 3pm:
The Hondas continue to dominate the proceedings on the second day of testing at Valencia. Both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner are into the 1'31 bracket, while Ben Spies is the best of the rest half a second behind Pedrosa. At least is within a second of the Hondas, as the 4th place man Cal Crutchlow is nearly one-and-a-quarter seconds behind on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
Hector Barbera is the fastest of the Ducatis, while Valentino Rossi is continuing to work on gathering data for the Bologna factory to use to design the next iteration of the frame. Stefan Bradl has been posting impressive times on the Honda 800, while Alvaro Bautista is finally out on the San Carlo Gresini Honda bike, now that his contract has been signed. Further back, the CRT machines are making the expected progress, cutting the gap to the leaders by over a second at a time. The gap is still large, but looking a little more manageable now.
Times as of 12:30pm local time:
The sun is out at Valencia and the bikes are circulating, though the times are not yet anywhere near the lap record. The two Hondas lead, Casey Stoner faster than Dani Pedrosa by two tenths of a second, while Yamaha's Ben Spies is in 3rd, half a second off Stoner's pace. Spies is the only factory Yamaha rider at the test, Jorge Lorenzo already having pulled out due to the finger injury he is still carrying.
Valentino Rossi is 4th fastest, now finally out on the Ducati with the aluminium twin spar frame. Ducati are constantly refusing to call this bike the GP12, as this test will form the basis for the bike to be raced next year, but Hector Barbera, speaking at lunchtime, was very positive about the machine. "It feels more like my Aprilia 250," he said, saying that he could now feel the front end on corner entry, something he could not do the 800 bike with the carbon fiber chassis using the engine as a stressed member. The power and gearbox were incredible, he said, but he was most pleased with the feel of the bike.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Valencia: