2013 MotoGP Austin Test Day 3 Test Times Lunchtime: All Honda, No Schwantz
It's a calm morning at the Circuit of the Americas, with Yamaha having shipped up yesterday. Honda is not relaxing, of course. Marquez logged 25 laps in total, splitting time between bikes and notably putting both within 0.1 seconds of one another atop the timesheets. Pedrosa edged down his time from yesterday on his 4th lap, and Bradl also improved his time early on. The teams will likely be searching through settings for some of the afternoon before putting their final assault on the Austin circuit near the end of day.
Off the track, things are even more exciting. Speedweek.de is reporting that Kevin Schwantz was prevented from entering the circuit yesterday. Schwantz had attended the previous CRT test at COTA as an advisor to Attack rider Blake Young, and was presumably going to serve in that role again. With the higher profile surrounding the factory test and presence of Schwantz fan Valentino Rossi, it would appear that the COTA management were wary of any controversy Schwantz's presence might generate. The lawsuit between the two parties is still pending for a hearing in Travis County court.
Even further from the track, Jorge Lorenzo spent the night cruising Austin with X-Gamer (and fellow Alpinestar sponsor) Jamie Bestwick. The two drove the track, picked up Rudy's barbecue and then spent time hanging out at Jesse James' Austin Speed Shop. All without generating a blip on the Austin cultural radar in the media hurricane that is SXSW.