At the same time as Marc Marquez was making his return to testing at Albacete, his teammates in Moto3, Miguel Oliveira and the highly-rated Alex Rins were testing their Moto3 bikes. Oliveira concentrated on testing the new Suter chassis the team will be using with the Honda NSF250R engine, while Rins focused on testing his injured shoulder. Below is the press release and a video of the test from Repsol:
While it was the wind that curbed the CRT riders assembled at the Motorland Aragon circuit on Thursday, on Friday it was the turn of the cold. Though the wind had dropped, temperatures remained low, leaving the CRT riders with problems keeping heat in the tires for more than a few laps, and badly curtailing their already cramped testing plans.
Marc Marquez has completed two full days of testing on his Catalunya Caixa Suter Moto2 machine, the first full session of testing since the Spaniard suffered an injury to his right eye at Sepang back in October 2011.
Weather severely limited the on-track action at Aragon today, as a field of CRT riders thinned out by a lack of parts rolled up in Alcañiz for the first of a two-day test. High winds and cool temperatures meant that it was impossible to keep the tires at working temperature out on track, forcing the teams to abort their testing efforts for the day, and work on a revised program for Friday, the final day of the test.
Miller Motorsports Park issued the following press release, featuring five questions posed by leading racing journalists to 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa:
Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Carlos Checa
A chat with the reigning Superbike World Champion
The introduction of the Claiming Rule Team regulations into MotoGP has divided fans and followers into two distinct camps. The anti camp have decried the CRT machines as thinly disguised World Superbike machines, claiming that allowing the use of production machinery into MotoGP is a betrayal of the spirit of Grand Prix racing.
The Repsol Media Service press release confirming the news released earlier today that Marc Marquez had been spotted testing at Alcarras:
Marc Márquez to make testing return in Albacete
Repsol rider continues recovery and has already trained at the Alcarrás circuit
Marc Marquez has been spotted riding a Moto2 bike once again, for the first time since suffering a nerve injury that caused double vision at Sepang back in October 2011. The 2011 Moto2 runner up was seen today at the Alcarras circuit, where a number of British Superbike teams were testing ahead of the 2012 BSB season.
The weight increase in the MotoGP class introduced for 2012 - from 153kg, as originally agreed when the 2012 regulations were drawn up back in August 2010, to 157kg - has had many repercussions. The addition of 4kg to the 1000cc MotoGP machines has been blamed for causing the chatter that Honda's RC213V suffers from, and for complicating the pursuit of the ideal weight distribution for both Honda and Yamaha, which the two Japanese factories had spent most of 2011 perfecting ahead of the 2012 MotoGP season.
At last a full day of testing: though Thursday started out overcast, the rain that threatened through the final day of the Sepang MotoGP test never really came in earnest, with only a few drops of rain keeping the riders off the track for an hour or so in the afternoon. After two days which were largely lost to the weather, worked was stepped up to an almost frantic pace to make up for lost time.
With the three days of testing at the MotoGP class' second visit to Sepang now over, some preliminary conclusions can be drawn on the progress or otherwise that the teams have been making over the course of the two tests. Below are two comparison tables: the first one compares the improvement shown by the riders over the three days of the Sepang 2 test, while the second table compares the best times from the Sepang 1 and Sepang 2 tests, and the difference between the two.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the final day of the Sepang 2 MotoGP test:
Yamaha Complete Successful Second Sepang Test
Yamaha Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies today completed the final session of the three day IRTA test at the Sepang International circuit in Sepang. The second outing for the 2012 1000cc YZR-M1 proved to be a great success with the riders getting the opportunity to work through a number of updates including chassis, electronics and set up in both wet and dry conditions.
Casey Stoner leaves Sepang once more on top of the timesheets, after a brief hiatus on Wednesday. The Australian leads a Repsol Honda one-two, with teammate Dani Pedrosa just under two tenths behind, the Spaniard followed by a veritable Armada of Yamahas. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest of the Yamahas on the satellite machine, just sneaking ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on the factory bike, though Lorenzo spent his day working on a race simulation (completed at an impressively constant and rapid pace) rather than chasing a fast time.
It never rains but it pours. That old proverb applies both literally and metaphorically to the MotoGP test at Sepang, with rain - a solid, heavy, tropical downpour - once again confining the riders to their garages at the Malaysian circuit, for the second day in a row, and severely limiting track time. A couple of good dry hours in the morning, and that was it. From then on, the only testing that went on was in the wet, and though useful, it is not what the MotoGP field came to Malaysia for.