For the next three days, the Jerez circuit will resound to the noise of MotoGP machinery, as private testing gets underway. The Repsol Honda team will be the first to take to the track on Monday, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa riding behind closed doors. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Stefan Bradl takes over the Honda testing duties, while Aprilia, Pramac Ducati, and the Ducati WorldSBK team takes to the track.
The fact that Marquez and Pedrosa are testing is noteworthy. Repsol Honda are using the first of their five days of private testing (Yamaha and Ducati used their test days in November at Sepang and Jerez respectively, Aprilia, Suzuki, and KTM have unlimited testing as concession teams). With HRC having been completely focused on getting the engine right during preseason testing, they have done little work on the chassis. Now that the season is underway and the engine design is frozen for 2018, Marquez and Pedrosa will turn their attentions to improving the chassis and suspension.
Marquez and Pedrosa will use just one of their five days for testing, before handing the bikes to Stefan Bradl, now test rider for HRC.
From Tuesday, Pramac Ducati, Aprilia, and Ducati's Superbike program will be testing. Unlike the Honda test on Monday, which is completely closed to the public, the circuit will be open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday. Pramac Ducati will be charged with doing some of the lifting for the factory Ducati team, as Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo have already used two of their days of private testing.
It is unlikely that times will be published for any of the three days of the test, but there will definitely not be any test times published from Monday's Repsol Honda test.