Archive - Race Or Practice Result
February 3rd, 2016
The sun came out at around 4pm at Sepang, and quickly dried off the rain which had fallen throughout the early afternoon. The track dried, and most of the field took to the track again, everyone chasing a fast lap.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the day fastest, the only rider to get under the two minute mark, and ending the test nearly a second quicker than his teammate Valentino Rossi. The Hondas made an improvement, Marc Marquez leapfrogging over Cal Crutchlow to take third, the LCR Honda rider dropping to fourth ahead of Casey Stoner. Stoner was the fastest of the Ducatis, with Danilo Petrucci in seventh and Andrea Iannone in eighth.
Times at the end of the day at Sepang:
Light rain has started falling at Sepang, bringing proceedings to a halt. The insistent light rain with just a few hours of the test left makes it likely that the teams will soon pack up and leave, and start their preparations for the next test at Phillip Island in two weeks time.
The two Yamaha riders lead the rest by a big margin, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi swapping the top spot until Lorenzo stamped his authority on the timesheets. The Spaniard leads his Movistar Yamaha teammate by half a second, while Rossi is another half a second ahead of Marc Marquez. Fastest Ducati is Casey Stoner, over a tenth quicker than factory rider Andrea Iannone, while Cal Crutchlow was strong at the end once again, putting the LCR Honda into sixth, 1.3 seconds behind Lorenzo.
Times at 2:30pm:
Track action started late on the final day of testing at Sepang, after rain overnight and through the morning left the track wet. The track was empty until shortly after 11am, when Yamaha sent test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga out to test conditions. One by one more riders joined in, until the track was filled, the teams trying to get as much testing in as possible before the rain expected for this afternoon starts to fall.
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the riders shortly after 1pm, the Movistar Yamaha rider leading Ducati test rider Casey Stoner by two tenths of a second. Marc Marquez is not far behind on the Repsol Honda, while Valentino Rossi shot up to fourth shortly after 1pm, demoting the two factory Suzukis of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales into fifth and sixth.
Times at 1:15pm:
Danilo Petrucci kept his place at the top of the timesheets on Tuesday, the Pramac Ducati rider having set a fast time in the morning. Only a few riders improved in the afternoon, when the riders were forced to use the harder tire after Loris Baz' blowout on the main straight. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on a hard tire, while Cal Crutchlow also made a big step forward with hard rubber.
Times at the end of Tuesday:
Ducatis are topping the timesheets halfway through the second day of the Sepang MotoGP test. Danilo Petrucci set a quick time early, taking over top spot from Jorge Lorenzo, who looked like dominating the second day as he had the first. In the late morning, Hector Barbera joined Petrucci at the front, putting the GP14.2 behind the Pramac GP15.
Jorge Lorenzo is third fastest, nearly three quarters of a second off the time of Petrucci, but the Yamaha man suffered a crash in the early afternoon, sliding off at Turn 5 and damaging his M1. Pol Espargaro also crashed at around the same time, track grip reducing in the afternoon. Marc Marquez set the fourth fastest time, dropping nearly a second and a half off his best time from yesterday, and ending ahead of another pair of Ducatis, this time those of Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone.
Though the crashes of Lorenzo and Espargaro were a minor worry for Michelin, what appeared to be a much bigger problem occurred in the first hour of the day. Loris Baz got halfway down the main straight before his Avintia Ducati GP14.2 disintegrated in an explosion of bike and tire parts. Confusion among the marshals meant it took nearly a minute for the red flag to be shown, several riders passing the straight still littered with parts.
Final times at the end of testing on Monday:
Testing continues at Sepang, though the teams have now all stopped for lunch, and to sit out the intense heat of the middle of the day. There are a few changes at the top of the standings, the most significant being the influx of Ducatis into the top of the timesheets. Jorge Lorenzo leads, though, with an impressive time nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. In second place, Danilo Petrucci has put on an imposing showing on the Pramac Ducati, leading the factory bike of Andrea Iannone. The two Repsol Hondas follow, Dani Pedrosa quicker than Marc Marquez, while Scott Redding on the second Pramac bike leads Valentino Rossi on the second Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro is the first of the Suzukis, nearly 1.7 off the time of Lorenzo, but within seven tenths of the fastest Ducatis.
Times at 2:30pm:
The 2016 MotoGP season is now well underway, with bikes on track for the last two hours, under clear skies and hot temperatures. Despite the major changes in technical regulations, the top four remain exactly the same. Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo leads, the Movistar Yamaha rider the only man to get into the 2'01s. Dani Pedrosa leads the Repsol Honda pairing, three tenths behind Lorenzo and three tenths ahead of Marc Marquez, while Valentino Rossi rounds out the top four, 0.840 behind his Yamaha teammate.
Behind the top four, the Ducatis reign supreme, Danilo Petrucci leading Andrea Dovizioso, Hector Barbera, Yonny Hernandez, Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone filling out the top ten. Six Ducatis in the top ten is a sign of the strength of the Italian manufacturer this season.
The new front tire which Michelin have brought to the test appears to have made a big improvement. So far, only Bradley Smith has suffered a crash, the rest have all remained upright. Michelin have brought five different front tires for the riders to evaluate, a mixture of different compounds and constructions.
Times at 12 noon:
If the first day of the combined WSBK test was hampered by a wet track at the start, on Wednesday, it was fog which delayed the action. The fog blanketed the track at 10am, when the track was due to open, but it lifted quickly in the warmth of the Andalusian sun. An extra ten minutes was tacked on to the end of the day, to compensate for the loss of the hour or so in the morning.
It may have been a different day, but the timesheets still had the same leader. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes continued to dominate the timesheets, becoming the first WSBK rider to lap the track in under 1'40, posting a lap of 1'39.924, three tenths under the pole record at the track. The two factory Aruba.it Ducatis were close behind, Davide Giuliano impressing with a 1'40.047, Chaz Davies finishing third six hundredths of a second slower than his teammate.
Nicky Hayden's adaptation to WSBK is progressing well, the American beating his Ten Kate Honda teammate by under a tenth of a second and finishing with the fourth fastest time. Michael van der Mark was fifth, ahead of Xavi Fores on the Barni Racing Ducati. Jonathan Rea was uncharacteristically slow, ending the day in seventh without ever chasing a really hot lap. The Kawasaki man ended just ahead of the Pata Yamaha of Sylvain Guintoli, Alex Lowes considerably slower, still struggling with a shoulder injury.
Tom Sykes was the fastest man after the first day of the group test for World Superbike series, lapping well under the race lap record set by teammate Jonathan Rea here last September. The Kawasaki riders showed that the ZX-10R is already an extremely competitive machine, needing only some minor fettling to get it ready for 2016.
Chaz Davies took second place, just over a tenth behind Rea, the Aruba.it Ducati man benefiting from a couple of days test at Portimao last week, and already up to speed. Davies ended over a tenth ahead of reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, the second Kawasaki man nearly a third of a second off the pace of his teammate. Nicky Hayden showed he is making the transition to the World Superbike series extremely well, not far off the pace of Rea and even heading the timesheets at one point. Hayden and Ten Kate Honda teammate Michael van der Mark put in a lot of laps on Tuesday, and were out early on when the track was still drying.
Alex Lowes was fifth fastest on the Yamaha YZF-R1, despite still lacking strength in his shoulder from a crash at the end of last year. The Pata Yamaha team still have plenty of work to do, but the pace of the new Yamaha is already promising. Teammate Sylvain Guintoli was not quite so fast, ending the day in 9th.
December 12th, 2015
Brad Baker has won the third edition of the Barcelona Superprestigio, holding off a strong challenge from Marc Marquez to take his second victory in the event. Jared Mees, who got boxed in at the start, took a comfortable third.
It was Baker who got the holeshot in the Superfinal, the American having gotten stronger and stronger through the Open class finals, and getting a practice run in the last of the Open finals. Marquez chased him, but could never get close enough to mount a final challenge. He tried on the last of the sixteen laps, the two touching, but Baker held him off comfortably.
Jared Mees took third, the reigning champion getting boxed in at the start, and having to fight his way through the pack. By the time he hit third place, the gap to Marquez was too great to catch him. Fourth place was Alex Rins, the Moto2 rider impressive, despite having missed the first day of practice.
Marc Marquez was once again fastest during qualifying for the Superprestigio event at Barcelona. The Spaniard clocked a fast time of 12.237 during the first session of qualifying, holding off a strong challenge from Toni Elias. Elias has learned a lot from his excursion to Las Vegas for the US Superprestigio held last month, and that is paying off.
Third fastest overall, and fastest of the Open class riders - the best of flat track and other off-road disciplines - was British rider Oliver Brindley. The 17-year-old had also raced at Las Vegas, making it all the way to the Grand Final, racing against US road race stars who grew up on dirt track. Brindley finished ahead of Italian Francesco Cecchini, who did well at the Superprestigio last year, beating out French Supermoto star Thomas Chareyre. The two American stars were sixth and seventh fastest, Jared Mees 0.160 slower than Marquez, Brad Baker 0.169 behind the Spaniard.
The first sessions of practice for the Barcelona Superprestigio event took place on Friday evening, and the man behind the event is fastest, as might be expected. Marc Marquez posted a lap of 11.797 during his second run on the track, ahead of Toni Elias, with an 11.8. Jared Mees and Brad Baker were the fastest of the Open riders, for off road and dirt track specialists, both posting times in the 11.9 bracket.
Headline times are not the full story, however, with Marquez' times less consistent than the two Americans. Brad Baker was particularly impressive, posting a long strings of 11.9s, showing he has good race pace. Both Mees and Baker had the added disadvantage of being first out on track, when there was the least rubber laid down. The track is in excellent condition, though, the organization having learned its lesson in the first two years for track preparation. If anything, the track is too smooth and hard packed, with little room to allow moisture to enter.
Testing has finished at last at Jerez, with the onset of the winter test ban for both MotoGP and World Superbike teams. The final day of testing for the World Superbike squads ended as it had been all week, with the Kawasaki pair on top of the timesheets, and both men breathtakingly fast once the teams broke out the qualifying tires. It was Tom Sykes who walked away as fastest, the Yorkshireman obliterating the official Superpole record by just shy of a whole second. Sykes' fast lap left Jonathan Rea in second, though he was also no slouch. Rea ended eight tenths faster than the Superpole record. There is a chance he could have gone faster, but a crash in the afternoon put an end to his day's testing.
Xavi Fores made an impressive debut as a full time WSBK rider, ending the test as third fastest on the Barni Ducati, eight tenths behind Sykes but still well under the existing Superpole record, as was Nicky Hayden. The Ten Kate Honda rider made a strong impression on his second test on the Honda CBR1000RR, adapting well to the Pirellis and riding a production bike again. Hayden ended well ahead of Chaz Davies, the first of the factory Aruba.it Ducati riders, while Davide Giugliano made good progress on his return from a long layoff from injury. Leon Camier was the last of the WSBK riders, working on major electronics updates for the MV Agusta F4.
Testing continued for the fourth day at Jerez, the track getting busier than ever as more and more riders joined the fray. Once again, only the World Superbike riders had transponders, the MotoGP teams electing to keep their times private.
The Kawasaki pairing of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea returned to action after a day off on Wednesday, and were once again the fastest of the WSBK riders. Sykes took top honors on Thursday, finishing just ahead of his teammate Rea, the difference just one hundredth of a second. Chaz Davies made a big step forward on the Aruba.it Ducati, improving his time by nearly three quarters of a second, and ending half a second off the pace of Sykes. Nicky Hayden was the sole Honda representative, teammate Michael van der Mark having gone home with problems in his arm, and Hayden too improved, half a second quicker than Wednesday and within seven tenths of Sykes' time. He finished ahead of the other two Ducatis of Xavi Fores and Davide Giugliano, as well as in front of the MV Agusta of Leon Camier.
There were a couple of crashes on Thursday as well, with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro falling heavily but walking away relatively unhurt. Less luck for Eugene Laverty, though, the Aspar Ducati rider crashing and fracturing his arm in the fall.
Testing concludes on Friday.
Times from Thursday at Jerez: