Press releases after the second day of testing for the MotoGP teams at Sepang:
Repsol Honda Team continue to progress in Malaysia
After the second day of the three day test in Sepang, the Repsol Honda Team remain on the top of the time sheets.
Dani Pedrosa, who completed 37 laps, recorded the fastest time of the day of 2'00.549 on lap 29. Dani, spent this second day working on weight distribution - to find the ideal placement of the additional 3kg as dictated by the new 2013 rules. In the afternoon he had planned to test the new rear tyre compound from Bridgestone, but after only 1 lap rain arrived and halted his testing for the day.
Repsol Honda Teammate, Marc Marquez, began the day as he left off yesterday, lapping in the low 2'01's. Marc began to work with the electronics for the first time and continued to learn the braking point limit on the MotoGP machines. He completed 34 laps taking his fastest lap of 2'00.803 on lap 20, placing him 3rd on the time sheets.
The team will be back on track tomorrow for the final day of this first test.
Dani Pedrosa 1st
“Today I was able to try some more things on the bike and we made a few positive steps forward from yesterday. The feeling is good, I'm happy and that's what's important. We had planned to try a few more things in the afternoon, like the hard compound tyres, but it started to rain early and we were unable to go out. We hope that it is good weather tomorrow so that we can try them out, as in the coming season it will be important to ride fast on that compound. We also hope to continue moving forward with our quest for the best bike setup"
Marc Marquez 3rd
“I am happy, because we improved our pace a lot and that is what our focus was for today. The final stints on track were more consistent, which helped us to obtain better data. Today I started to work a little with the electronics and we have a few ideas to put into practice tomorrow or in future tests. This is making me learn new things and I am little-by-little understanding the way the electronics behave on this bike"
The Pace Steps Up on Day Two in Sepang
The first official MotoGP test of 2013 entered its second day today at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were again quick to get up to speed, taking over half a second off their times from day one by the early afternoon before rain came in to disrupt the day. Reigning World Champion Lorenzo was again running in second position as he ran through various updates to the 2013 YZR-M1, wrapping up the day just 0.019 seconds from front man Dani Pedrosa. Teammate Rossi put in another strong day, sending a clear message about his capabilities as he completed the session in fourth place, less than half a second from the front. Both riders were working through set up positions along with differing chassis and engine specifications to make up for time lost due to bad weather at the end of season test in Spain last year.
Position: 2nd Time: 2.00.568 Laps: 52
“Today in the morning the conditions were good and I could easily do the lap times from yesterday, I improved by more than half a second. Later we tried some little parts we couldn’t try yesterday, but not so much and the bike didn’t improve a lot. In the last hour it started to rain so I decided to exit and ride in the wet. We made more than eight laps in the rain. I think it was important to find the feeling in these conditions and also try the new tyre.”
Position: 4th Time: 2.01.038 Laps: 45
“The second day of testing in Sepang is finished and the balance of the day is positive for us, especially as we finished some work on the bike. We have some different parts for the bike for this season and we continue to work on the setting. The positive is we improved compared to yesterday in terms of time on one lap with the new tyre but especially on the rhythm, I was half a second faster than yesterday which is not so bad. Fourth position is quite good especially as we are less than half a second behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Unfortunately it started to rain so we had to stop earlier, because our target this afternoon was to go into 2’00 but we will try again tomorrow."
“This morning went pretty smoothly and we were directly faster than yesterday. Our competitors improved also but that’s life in this sport. The only thing I can say at this moment is that we are happy with what we are doing, concentrated and Jorge is feeling good on the bike. Let’s continue tomorrow and see what we can achieve to finish the test.”
“The schedule for the day proceeded well, we got a lot of good data this morning on both sides. Jorge spent a lot of time with the 2013 configuration and he is pretty satisfied. For sure there is room to improve and we will continue to work on it. Vale is happy too, he compared some different settings and he found one he liked. Now he will work on the 2013 bike this afternoon. If our starting point is as good as we think then we are in a good shape.”
Crutchlow and Smith make big progress in Sepang
The second day of the 2013 MotoGP winter testing campaign saw the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team make impressive progress in hot and humid conditions at the Sepang International Circuit today.
Eager to build on an impressive sixth position on the opening day, Crutchlow was one of the first out on track this morning and the British rider needed just seven laps to improve his pace from yesterday.
The 27-year-old spent the majority of the day working on a range of different settings to improve corner entry performance for the severe braking points from high speed into the first and last corner and the tight Turn 9.
A personal best lap of 2.01.311 put Crutchlow in fifth position and he was the leading non-factory rider after completing 41 laps today.
Bradley Smith's growing confidence was evident from the early stages of today's session and the 22-year-old demonstrated speed and consistency that bodes well for his rookie season in the MotoGP World Championship.
Ideal conditions for most of the day gave Smith vital time on track to build up his experience of Yamaha's YZR-M1 machine after a two-year spell in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category. And he demonstrated how quickly he has adapted to the heavier and more powerful MotoGP machine with one of the most eye-catching performances of the second day.
Smith has been working closely with his experienced crew, led by chief engineer Guy Coulo n, to understand how to change his riding style and he improved by 1.5s to jump into eighth position.
He set a best time of 2.01.931 to finish just over 1.3s behind 2013 World Championship contender Dani Pedrosa before today's session was ended prematurely when heavy rain started to fall on the Sepang International Circuit with 90 minutes remaining on the clock.
Cal Crutchlow 5th 2.01.311 – 41 laps:
“Today I mainly looked at improving the bike on corner entry and one setting was an improvement but we lost a bit of turning performance. This track has some severe braking points, particularly going into the first and last corner where you arrive in the braking zone while flat-out in sixth gear. We need to keep the rear tyre more on the floor at corner entry, so it was good to try and get more rear grip to help me enter the corner without the rear sliding too much. I've still got a few tenths to find but it seems on used tyres I'm around the same pace as Valentino and that's positive but I still feel a little bit rusty after the winter lay-off. Another key target for this test is to get a good understanding with my new Japanese engineer from Yamaha. He worked with Andrea (Dovizioso) last year and we just need time to understand how he works. We are working closely together and I am looking forward to his input this season.”
Bradley Smith 8th 2.01.931 – 40 laps:
“Today's performance and the final lap times makes me feel really happy but I am not going to get carried away. I am happy with the job I have done and to be so fast on such a long and technical track is great for my confidence. But I know reducing the gap to the leading group will be very difficult. There's still a long way to go but it is nice to be so m uch faster than yesterday and to see some real progress. A lot of it is down to trusting the bike and having the confidence to ride it to the absolute limit to get the best out of it. I'm not at that point yet but each time I go out I get a better feeling. The great thing with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is they make me feel calm and concentrated and they give me a focus to work on my technique out on track. The lap times are coming from the work we are trying to improve in key areas. It never feels easy on these bikes and you don't get time to rest, but when it becomes more like your friend then you start making steps forward. The team gives me a plan and an area to work on and I try to implement it on track.”
ALEIX ESPARGARÓ IMPROVES 0.5 SECONDS AND IS ONCE AGAIN CRT TO BEAT IN SEPANG
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider fastest CRT rider in Sepang, with a 2'03.251 lap speedier than his first day time
Day two of the MotoGP test in Sepang saw almost identical results to those of the previous run. Three Spaniards -Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Márquez- headed the timesheets, in the same order as on day one. The trio were separated by just a few thousandths of a second. The best time of the day went to Pedrosa (2'00.549), closing in on Lorenzo's best lap of 2012 (2'00.334) and chasing Casey Stoner's unofficial lap record from last year's test. Valentino Rossi was again fourth, little more than four tenths off the top three. Of the CRT riders, Aleix Espargaró was once again top dog. The conditions at Sepang were typically varied, with cloudy skies and high temperatures making way for a downpour at 5pm.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró was one of the riders to bring their work to a close at 5pm, after 40 laps of the Malaysian circuit. The Spaniard used the new chassis available for his ART for most of the day. He was pleased with better handling on corners and under braking, and this was reflected in his times as he cut half a second off his first day hot lap. He was once again the best CRT rider of the day, followed for the second day in a row by teammate Randy De Puniet. The Frenchman was half a second off Espargaró and worked all day with his chassis. He was one of the few riders to go out in the rain to try wet weather settings.
16th Aleix Espargaró 2.03.251 (40 laps): "Today we again started very early, at 10am sharp. I am happy, because the new chassis works very well. My first stint of the day was undertaken with the 2012 chassis, as we wanted to confirm a few things, but from the second stint onwards we used the 2013 chassis and swingarm. My feeling increased gradually and I was able to ride faster than I did yesterday on the old bike, so I am very satisfied. I noted a few chatters and a lack of grip on the rear tyre, but that is normal when you start working on a new bike. On the fast corners the two bikes behave in a similar way. In the afternoon we were hit by rain just as we were about to go out again, so we decided to bring the day to an early end. I am happy that we were again the fastest CRT, and I hope that we can carry on in the same way."
17th Randy De Puniet 2.03.791 (63 laps): "Today we worked all day with the new chassis, trying out plenty of settings in order to find the best position. We feel better with every new test, especially with the front end on corners. Things were continually improving throughout the day and we were looking for a fast time in the afternoon, but unfortunately the rain put a stop to that. Besides the chassis, we also worked on our clutch and with a few things that you don't have time to try on a race weekend. Despite the rain, I went out on track in the last hour to try and get a feel for the wet conditions. I felt comfortable out there. Tomorrow we will put together all the improvements that we have found over the past two days and look for a fast time with which to leave Sepang."
Karel Abraham at Sepang:
We must be focused on braking
Karel Abraham improved his lap time in the second day of pre-season MotoGP tests at Sepang Circuit. Team is focused on improvement of Karel´s feeling on the bike especially in braking.
„We solve lot of problems from yesterday. Chattering of the front was much better today, we reduced our Tuesday lap time by six tenth, but it´s not enough. Compared to Espargaro, we are losing everything in braking. We will try different set up, but Karel must push harder in braking. He needs to concentrate in braking and we must work on it.”
Marco Grana, Cardion AB Motoracing chief mechanic
“We have done 54 laps today but the twelfth was my best. I couldn´t improve and that´ s the reason why I´m really unhappy. We´re very slow in braking and I must admit that it´s my fault. If I was able to improve braking, we would be in better position after today. I must focus on braking, but I need bike to be more stable when braking. That is our quest for final day.”
SECOND DAY OF TESTING IN SEPANG FOR TEAM GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI
Higher temperatures compared to day one greeted the riders at Sepang on Wednesday, but that did not slow down the progress of Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring as they put in further work on their MotoGP machines. The two worked hard alongside their technicians on several aspects of their bikes, until rain arrived at the Malaysian circuit and washed out the rest of the afternoon’s testing. Bautista worked on chassis setup and looked at new suspension and brakes, with positive conclusions drawn. He rode 44 laps and stopped the clock with a best time of 2’01.729. Australian rider Staring regained confidence after a crash on day one, going back to work and trying out new chassis settings to compare with last year’s. His top time was a 2’06.898.
Alvaro Bautista “It was a day in which we put in a lot of work. We focused above all on the setup, looking to improve upon the geometry of the frame. This bike is very different to last year’s. We dedicated practically the entire morning to that, but in the end we couldn’t quite find what we wanted. In the afternoon we tried out some new brakes, with which we weren’t paticularly satisfied. We put in a few laps in the wet, but the conditions weren’t optimal for riding. We hope for better weather tomorrow, so that we can finish off the work scheduled for this first test of the year.”
Bryan Staring “I’m still hurting a little today from yesterday’s crash, but after a few laps I was ready to get back on the pace. I worked with the technicians on the chassis geometry and tried things out against the data from last year. I am happy to have them working with me, because they are so professional and such a big help. I made a slight improvement on my time from yesterday, but I think that in order to make a big leap forward we will need another day of testing. I am determined to do well and convinced that we can get everything ready for the start of the season.”
BRADL SIXTH QUICKEST AT RAIN-INTERRUPTED SECOND DAY OF TEST
Sepang, 6 February: LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl finished the second three-day MotoGP test of the pre-season with the 6th fastest time sitting out the final hour of the test as the rain stopped proceedings for the day. Bradl picked up from where he left off yesterday in optimal conditions but took the 5.548Km track later than his colleagues due to feeling unwell in the morning.
Despite his delay and the rain shower Bradl steadily worked through a number of different items to make the most of his RC213V Factory Spec. completing 31 laps and gathering further data ahead tomorrow’s final day of test.
Stefan – 2’01.639: “This morning I took the track later than the others due to some sleeping issues. Unfortunately I could not sleep properly last night and I started my daily testing program a bit later but it was still a productive day for us. Once I joined the track I could immediately set an acceptable lap time and we proceeded with our rear suspension settings for the major part of the day. After that we decided to go for a 15-lap long run to check my average speed on a longer distance aboard this new bike before the rain interrupted our TO DO list”.
SECOND TEST DAY IN SEPANG: GOOD RESULT FOR PETRUCCI
Today is the second day of MotoGP Official Test in Sepang and is again Dani Pedrosa to set the best time with 2’00.549 followed by Lorenzo at 0.019 and Marquez at 0.254. The rain stopped earlier the practice at two hours to the end for the most of riders.
It was an intense work day for Danilo Petrucci that finished in 18th position with 2’04.284, after 48 laps, at 3.735 Pedrosa’s Honda. After the problems during the past days to the firmware of the traction control of his bike, that was solved in a very shot time by Magneti Marelli staff, the Came Iodaracing Team rider today has begun also the development of the new ECU getting very good results also because he is the third best CRT in the clasification at just 0.493 from the ARTs of De Puniet and 1.032 from the Espargaro’s one, but they don’t use the new Magneti Marelli ECU.
Lukas Pesek has practiced during the last two hours on the wet track for 14 laps setting 2’21.512 as best lap.
Danilo Petrucci, Pilota MotoGP # 9: "Today we could work for the first time totally on the bike, developing both the new ECU and the chassis. I have to thank Magneti Marelli staff for the great work that they have done, solving in a very short time the problems to the traction control and now we begin to get some good results. Tomorrow we will continue to develope the IODA-SUTER BMW, hoping in good weather conditions”.
Lukas Pesek, Pilota MotoGP # 52: "Today the work was focused mainly on Danilo, but I could practice on the wet where I began to find the feeling with my new bike on those conditions.”.
PEDROSA AND MARQUEZ CONTINUE HOT STREAK IN MALAYSIA
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez finished the second day of testing in the same first and third positions where they'd ended day one, confirming the positive work the team had done over the winter and also confirming the status of Marquez as one of the elite riders in the MotoGP World Championship. Also having strong second days were Honda riders Stefan Bradl (Team LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) and Alvaro Bautista (Go & Fun Honda Gresini RC213V). Bradl started his day after noon and was quickly up to pace. His fifth lap was his fastest en route to the sixth fastest time. Bautista was fastest on lap 18 of 30, after which the expected afternoon rain and thunder arrived, putting an early end to the second of three days of testing.
Winner of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Pedrosa, 27, improved throughout the session to finish with a best lap of 2m, 0.549s on the 29th of 31 laps. The MotoGP World Championship runner-up spent his time continuing to work on the weight balance before the skies opened up. Still, he was able to lower his lap time from Tuesday by over half a second.
That set him up for Thursday's final day, when he plans to try the harder compound Bridgestone tyres while fine tuning his set-up.
MotoGP rookie and Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez had another productive day on the Repsol Honda RC213V. Marquez, the youngest rider in MotoGP-he turns 20 on Feb. 17- lowered his time by .4s with his fast lap on the 20th of 27.
The team has slowly been acclimating Marquez to the electronics, which have proven him to be a quick study. Today he was able to dial in a little more traction control, which allowed him to further understand the behaviour of the Repsol Honda RC213V. What the team has discovered is that Marquez, like the rider he replaced, Casey Stoner, tends to use less electronics than most riders, instead relying on his innate feel for the motorcycle.
Bradl also cut his time by about .4s, while working on race settings. The 23-year-old German arrived late to the track after a restless night, but quickly got down to business. His fifth lap was his fastest and he'd complete another 24 while working through rear suspension settings for most of the day. Bradl then completed a 15-lap endurance run before the rain interrupted his test program.
Bautista, 28 from Spain, was behind Bradl in seventh place with his best lap coming on the 18th of 30. Bautista put in a full day's work, mostly working on the geometry of the 2013 chassis, which is different than the 2012 Honda RC213V. The morning was spent on chassis setting and in the afternoon it was time to test the brakes. The testing program included suspension work, but the afternoon rains washed out the latter part of the day, and, with it, forced the Go & Fun Honda Gresini team to alter their test schedule. The team saw the rain as an opportunity and Bautista was able to gather some data about wet weather performance, but the track wasn't universally wet, which compromised the data gathering.
The end result is that Bautista and his team have an ambitious final day of testing planned before they head back to Italy to prepare for the late-February second test here in Malaysia.
Australian Bryan Staring continued his learning curve aboard the Go & Fun Honda Gresini CRT machine, while slightly hobbled from his Tuesday crash The 25-year-old MotoGP rookie had a smoother day than he'd had a day earlier and put in 28 productive laps. Having a day's more familiarity with the FTR chassis, powered by a Honda CBR1000RR motor, Staring, like his fellow Honda riders, was able to lower his lap time while maintaining his position. His improvement was achieved from working on the geometry of the frame and comparing data from last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.
HRC test team riders Kosuke Akiyoshi and Takumi Takahashi also had productive days. Akiyoshi was 11th fastest among the 27 riders and the fastest of the test riders. Takahashi put in 38 laps and finished with the 20th fastest time while testing parts that may one day find their way onto the factory machines.
The first test of the 2013 concludes on Thursday afternoon
HONDA MotoGP RIDER QUOTES
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V): 1st, 2m, 0.549s
Today I was able to try some more things on the bike and we made a few positive steps forward from yesterday. The feeling is good, I'm happy and that's what's important. We had planned to try a few more things in the afternoon, like the hard compound tyres, but it started to rain early and we were unable to go out. We hope that it is good weather tomorrow so that we can try them out, as in the coming season it will be important to ride fast on that compound. We also hope to continue moving forward with our quest for the best bike setup.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC212V): 3rd, 2m, 0,803s
I am happy because we improved our pace a lot and that is what our focus was for today. The final stints on track were more consistent, which helped us to obtain better data. Today I started to work a little with the electronics and we have a few ideas to put into practice tomorrow or in future tests. This is making me learn new things and I am little-by-little understanding the way the electronics behave on this bike.
Stefan Bradl (Team LCR Honda RC213V): 6th, 2m, 1.369s
This morning I took the track later than the others due to some sleeping issues. Unfortunately, I could not sleep properly last night and I started my daily testing program a bit later, but it was still a productive day for us. Once I joined the track I could immediately set an acceptable lap time and we proceeded with our rear suspension settings for the major part of the day. After that we decided to go for a 15-lap long run to improve the average speed before the rain interrupted our TO DO list.
Alvaro Bautista (Go & Fun Honda Gresini): 7th, 2m, 1.729s
It 's been a day during which we did a lot of work. We worked mainly on trying to improve the setting of yesterday, speaking of the geometry of the frame because this bike is very different compared to that of last year. In practice all morning we devoted to finding a better setting, but we could not find what I wanted. In the afternoon we tried new brakes that we were very satisfied with and when we planned to do some tests of suspension the rain came to ruin everything. However, we did some laps on a wet track, but the conditions were not optimal. Hopefully, tomorrow we have time to complete the work of this first test session of the year.
Bryan Staring (Go & Fun Honda Gresini): 27th, 2m, 6.898s
Today I had a little pain from yesterday's crash, but after a few laps I was able to pick up the pace. With the engineers we worked on the geometry of the frame and we did some comparative tests on data from the last year. I am happy to work with them, because they are very professional and I have a great help. I also improved slightly my time from yesterday, but I think that to make a quantum leap we need another test session. However, I am convinced and determined to do well and be ready for the start of the championship.