August 2019

Misano MotoGP Test Friday Notes: Much Work For Yamaha, Honda, KTM, and Michelin

The Misano MotoGP test may well turn out to be more important than it might seem at first glance. Perhaps precisely because it was a private test, and the teams could work in some privacy away from the prying eyes of most media. The pit lane was closed, and there were virtually no media present, with the honorable exception of Italian stalwarts GPOne.com.

It meant that factories could test early versions of their 2020 bikes with relatively little interference from outside, other than the usual crowd of engineers from rival factories gathered round as they warm up their bikes. And that is precisely what Yamaha, Honda, and KTM in particular spent their time doing, while Ducati and Suzuki debuted a few parts which may or may not see use next season.

New rubber

It wasn't only the motorcycle manufactures. Michelin also brought two updates, a rear tire with a different casing to help improve performance, which was also tested at Barcelona and Brno, and a new front tire with a stronger casing, to help give support in braking. Both tires received positive feedback, the riders praising the front in particular.

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Misano MotoGP Test Times: Quartararo Leaves As Fastest As Yamahas Dominate

Fabio Quartararo has topped the timesheets at the Misano MotoGP test, finishing up the test with a final time attack to get within a hundredth of a second of Jorge Lorenzo's Misano pole record from 2018. 

The Frenchman looked to be leading a Yamaha clean sweep, but Danilo Petrucci's time attack on the final lap pushed him into second, ahead of Franco Morbidelli of the Petronas Yamaha team, and factory Monster Energy Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

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Misano MotoGP Test Times Friday Noon: Miller And Bagnaia Fastest

Testing continues at Misano, with a few personnel changes. Johann Zarco has stopped testing, handing over to Dani Pedrosa in his role as KTM test rider. Jorge Lorenzo, Miguel Oliveira and Karel Abraham are all absent after deciding not to ride due to injury. 

Jack Miller is currently fastest, under the race record lap, but still well shy of Jorge Lorenzo's pole record, a sign that the heat is making the track very greasy.

Times at noon:

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Misano MotoGP Test Thursday Notes: Yamaha Lead On Busy Day Of Testing

The advantage of a private test is that work can take place away from the prying eyes of the media. Some of the MotoGP manufacturers, most notably Yamaha and Honda, have taken advantage of the fact that the two-day test at Misano is private, and have debuted various new parts for both this year and next. With the pit lane closed to the media, the factories can work more freely.

The work going on means you can set little stock by the order on the timesheets. The two satellite Petronas Yamaha riders were fastest, but as they have mainly been working on race setup, this should hardly come as a surprise. Nor should the fact that Marc Márquez was third fastest, the Repsol Honda rider always fast under all conditions. But riders such as Alex Rins were not focused on a single fast lap, and so comparisons are difficult.

Yamaha had the most intriguing test program. Factory riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales had a lot of parts to test. Both riders tried a second version of the 2020 engine they debuted at Brno, and though it was a slight improvement, much more was needed. "The step is not as big as we need, but in the right direction," was Rossi's verdict, while Viñales was a little more pessimistic, saying it was not the step they had been hoping for.

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Misano MotoGP Test Times Thursday 4pm: Marquez Fastest As Lorenzo And Oliveira Stop

Marc Marquez is currently fastest at the Misano MotoGP test, beating Fabio Qartararo's best time from the morning session by just under a tenth of a second. Franco Morbidelli is second fastest overall, heading up a trio of Yamahas including Petronas Yamaha SRT teammate Quartararo and Valentino Rossi. Michele Pirro is currently the fastest Ducati, with Andrea Dovizioso sitting out the morning session and just getting underway in the afternoon.

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Misano MotoGP Test Times Thursday 1pm: Quartararo Leads As Riders Prepare For Misano

Just a few days after the thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone, almost the entire MotoGP field is back in action for two days of testing at Misano. As it is a private test, media access is limited, the teams free at last to work without the prying eyes of the media in pit lane.

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Scott Redding Interview: The Road From MotoGP To BSB To WorldSBK

Scott Redding was at the centre of attention when the British Superbike season began in late April. A MotoGP outcast, the 26 year old was faced with fight or flight. Could he win races? Could he ride a Superbike? Could he turn around his career? Fast forward four months and Redding is still at the centre of attention, only this time it's from WorldSBK teams - looking for the hottest property in BSB.

“The last 12 months have been a crazy turnaround,” admitted Redding. “I've gone from rock bottom to the top of the top in terms of emotions. Coming to BSB after racing for Aprilia has been crazy for me because the end of 2018 was the hardest time I've ever had in racing. Losing the Moto2 title was hard, but I could show my potential on track whereas at Aprilia, I couldn't show any of that. To go to PBM and race for Ducati has let me show my talent again.

“I went to BSB without knowing what to expect, but I've really enjoyed this year. I've enjoyed the series - I like how it's run - I've enjoyed the fans and how involved they get. I've enjoyed the racing - apart from a few moments but, that's bike racing! I've had a really enjoyable year; I've found my passion and love for racing again which I lost in MotoGP, and I'm really happy to have it back. It's been a good year so far.”

In just 15 races in the domestic championship, Redding has established himself as the clear favourite for the title. With more wins and more podiums than his rivals, he knows that he’ll be in a strong position for The Showdown in the final three rounds of the year. With Assen, Donington Park and Brands Hatch playing host to the title deciders, he knows each of them and is fast at them too. The man who skipped an education on British tracks to instead learn his trade in Spain looks ready for domestic glory.

Mental vs physical

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