Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of testing at Valencia. Yamaha did not issue a press release, as Jorge Lorenzo did not ride today, and Valentino Rossi is embargoed from speaking due to contractual obligations:
Rain stops play on Day 1 in Valencia
The temperamental weather which affected last week's Grand Prix in Valencia, has once again disrupted proceedings in the first day of testing in Valencia.
There was a lot of anticipation for the first day of testing for the 2013 season, as the Repsol Honda Team welcome their new rider, Moto2 champion, Marc Marquez. However, with rain arriving in the morning, neither Marc or Dani Pedrosa took to the track.
Weather permitting, testing will continue at the Ricardo Tormo circuit tomorrow.
"Unfortunately the weather has been pretty bad all weekend and continued today. Let's hope it will brighten up tomorrow and at least stay dry so that we can test the new 2013 prototype machine".
"I have this fantastic bike here but unfortunately the weather isn't very good! It's better to be patient and wait as it's important to test the bike in the best conditions possible. I spent some time with the team this morning and I learnt many things but I still have a lot to learn. I know the power will be very different and also the electronic controls, also the carbon brakes and tyres will be something I need to adapt to, but step by step we will learn. I'm really excited to get started but we we agree that it's best to test the bike in the dry for the first time, I just hope the weather will improve tomorrow!".
Crutchlow and Smith frustrated by rain at Valencia test
Cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers meant the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team's all-new British line-up of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith experienced a frustrating start to preparations for the 2013 MotoGP World Championship in Valencia today.
Early morning blue skies were quickly replaced by heavy cloud cover and the Ricardo Tormo track had only been open for 10 minutes when rain started to fall.
Rain continued to fall at regular intervals throughout the day and Crutchlow a nd Smith both opted not to venture out of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 garage.
The weather disruption proved particularly frustrating for Smith, who was eager to get his first laps on the YZR-M1 machine to kick-off preparations for his rookie year in MotoGP next season.
The 21-year-old sat in his new leathers for the majority of the day but his hopes for an improvement in conditions never materialised. Heavy rain is forecast for the second day tomorrow, but Smith plans to complete some laps to gauge the performance and feel of the YZR-M1 in wet conditions.
“Today was pretty frustrating because I didn't even put my leathers on. Everybody was really pumped up and excited for the start of the 2013 season but it made no sens e to go out. We need a dry track to evaluate the material we have got, and unfortunately it looks like tomorrow is going to be even worse with heavy rain. It is a pity because we only need a couple of hours on track to check a couple of things. We'll see what happens but if it was dry today it was going to be difficult for me. My crash in the race on Sunday has left me with quite a lot of pain in my left hand but it still would have been good to go out and do some riding."
“To say I am disappointed is an under statement. I've been looking forward to today for months, so to not even get out on track for one lap is a bit frustrating, but there is nothing I can do about it. When I got in my leathers yesterday and sat on the bike for the first time, it really hit home what a big day in my career this was. It i s a shame that I'm still waiting to try the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 for the first time but my chance will come. For most of the day the conditions were the worst possible. I was only going to get let out if the track was really soaking so I could get a feel for the bike. It looks the weather is going to be even worse tomorrow but at least I'll get out for a few laps and that will be a bonus."
Testing hindered by rain at Valencia
After a much-deserved day off following the season-ending race in Valencia, the MotoGP teams and riders were back at the same Spanish circuit today for the first half of a two-day test. Unfortunately, the session was heavily affected by the weather, as rain and sprinkles fell off and on throughout the day. Nonetheless, Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso both opted to put in considerable track time as they begin their work preparing for the 2013 season.
Eager to try his new Desmosedici for the first time, Dovizioso was one of the first riders out when the track opened at 10:00 a.m., and he managed to turn four laps on slick tyres before the precipitation arrived. He then did his first of several exits on rain tyres, and was joined by Hayden after lunchtime. Both riders then rode in the afternoon with wet setups.
The Ducati Team will be back at the Valencia circuit tomorrow for another day of testing.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 3rd, 1:39.868, (41 laps)
“I’m happy after my first day, mainly because I have a good feeling with my crew and I had a good lap time in the wet, even compared to the wet times over the weekend. The conditions weren’t ideal for a debut on a new motorcycle, but anyway, it was important for me to do some kilometres on the bike. The Ducati is known for working well in the wet, and I can confirm that, but obviously, we have to try it in the dry. Unfortunately, it looks like the weather tomorrow will be like today.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 5th, 1:42.571 (30 laps)
“It was a wet test day, but we did some exits. I was mainly testing some shock settings and some things that we didn’t get a chance to try during the weekend because of the changing conditions. I also tried a different frame that Valentino had tried, and that I wanted to use in the wet. Obviously, dry weather would have been better, but it’s never a bad thing to do some laps. It would be nice to get some sun tomorrow, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. If not, we’ll probably ride a bit in the wet again.”
BAD WEATHER SPOILS BRADL’S FIRST 2013 TESTING SESSION IN VALENCIA
Valencia, 13th November: the first official MotoGP test for the 2013 season in Valencia saw the majority of the premier class riders spending the day at the garage as cold ambient temperatures and rain hampered teams’ efforts.
LCR racer Stefan Bradl took to the track on his RC213V as planned but lapped the Spanish circuit 5 times only posting the second lap time of the day (1’36.198).
Stefan: “Unfortunately we are very unlucky with the weather conditions this year and I made only few laps because the track conditions were pretty bad. We know we are pretty competitive in the wet so we wanted to make a proper test in the dry but today was impossible”.
BAUTISTA FASTEST AFTER JUST FIVE LAPS IN NEW GO & FUN COLOURS
Alvaro Bautista made the most of just half an hour of dry track time on the first day of post-season testing at Valencia, setting the fastest lap of the day. Rain and low temperatures for the rest of the day saw the Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini rider stuck in the garage but his five dry laps at least provided the opportunity for the media and fans to see the new Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini colours that will be on display in 2013.
Alvaro Bautista (1st 1’ 35” 936) “As forecast the rain came this morning and interrupted the programme we had planned for the test. Fortunately we were out on track as early as we were allowed so that meant I could get a few decent laps in and set the best time of the day. We did the maximum we could in the minimum time available and at least were able to show off the new Go & Fun colours that Team Honda Gresini will be using for the next three seasons. Hopefully the weather improves tomorrow but unfortunately the forecast is not very reassuring. The only positive thing could be the higher temperatures which should mean we can get some more laps in even if it's in the wet.”