The Grand MotoGP Testing Shuffle - Yamaha Head To Aragon, Ducati And Honda To Stay In Valencia
If the weather played a starring role in MotoGP in 2012, it has already decided to intervene in the 2013 season. While the sun is out and skies are clear at the Valencia track on Monday for the Moto2 test, the prospects for MotoGP are decidedly uncertain. Though Tuesday is set to start fine, rain looks likely to start falling late in the afternoon, with the second and final day of testing on Wednesday promising to be a washout.
With Valentino Rossi returning to the fold after two years in the wilderness at Ducati, Yamaha have decided to take steps to avert losing too much track time. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will take to the track at Valencia on Tuesday morning, before packing up at some point during the afternoon and heading north to Aragon, to join a group of World Superbike riders at a test there on Wednesday.
The decision to remain at Valencia on Tuesday is due to the massive media and fan interest in seeing Rossi return. With Italian and Spanish TV carrying live coverage, Dorna providing live streaming over the internet, and masses of photographers and journalists still assembled at Valencia, as well as a number of media commitments for Yamaha staff, the Japanese factory will have to stay on Tuesday morning. By moving to Aragon for Wednesday, the team hope to maximize dry track time for Lorenzo to work on the 2013 bike, and for Rossi to get a feel for the Yamaha M1 once again.
Ducati, on the other hand, are fully committed to staying at Valencia, with rider briefings scheduled for both days. Honda's position at the moment is that they will remain in Valencia for both Tuesday and Wednesday, with an extra test scheduled for Sepang at the end of November, to allow Marc Marquez more time to adapt to MotoGP.