Jerez MotoGP Test Subscriber Notes: A Rundown Of Who Was Testing What, And Why

For some, the Monday after the Jerez race was a busy day, as they worked their way through a full program of parts and settings to prepare for Le Mans and beyond (and in Suzuki's case, for 2022). For others, they had a relatively easy day, especially the two factory Ducati riders – to the victors go the spoils. And for the unlucky ones of the weekend, they either barely turned a wheel, or not at all, as they headed off for medical checkups.

Fabio Quartararo took no part in the test at all. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider headed back to France to get medical advice on the best options for treatment on the arm pump issue which cost him the race on Sunday. With his home race up next, his priorities were clear.

Aleix Espargaro, who had also suffered with arm pump on Sunday, did ride a little, but he only put in 12 laps before heading back to Barcelona and seeking medical advice. Marc Márquez did a quick run out on Honda's new aero package – one of them, at least – before calling it a day after just 7 laps. The Repsol Honda rider had neck pain from his huge crash on Saturday, as well as stiffness in his shoulder, and elected to focus on his recovery instead.

Alex Rins was also among the walking wounded, though that didn't slow his pace. The Suzuki Ecstar rider still managed 59 laps, and to work on the 2022 GSX-RR engine to prepare for next year. But Rins is also headed back to Barcelona to get his shoulder looked at, after hurting it in a crash on Saturday.

So what were the factories up to? Here's a quick rundown, and for the results at the end of the day, click here:

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Are the engines used during these tests separate from the 2021 season engine allotment?  

That first shot of Maverick with the track lines reflected in his face shield matching up with his helmet paint scheme is incredible. Skill? Luck? Both?  I Love it.

Oh, and great write-up as well.

as Suzuki were testing their 2022 engine and Honda a different aero package I think it's safe to assume that at these tests the teams have carte blanche 

Notice the different style of seat pad used by MV12. In the first photo it looks as though it is not attached, but in other photos it looks as though it is hindged.It appears to be not so much as a rear pad; it looks to be a ramped seat riser. Great photos, Great article.

 

I guess I'm not super observant, as these photos just now made it click for me how the Yamaha has those circular cutouts in the upper fairing. They're next to the air intake, just above the winglets. Especially from the Rossi picture, it seems they would channel/allow airflow directed at the riders' hands. My initial impression is that it seems an odd thing to do, but they clearly know more about the M1 than myself. Anyone have insight into the purpose of those? No other manufacturer seems to do the same.

Away from all the insight and thoughtful musings from our community, there's always a new word or two to broaden one's horizons (well mine anyway). I do wonder if some of the Irish contingent in the podcast team have offered odds for David to squeeze words like this into the context of a story, of course this one fits perfectly, as always! Legend has it that Stakhanov once mined 102 tons of coal in his six hour shift in 1935, David's not missed the correlation, though as things stand the Ukrainian was considerably more decorated for his efforts than Mav thus far..