Press releases after the final day of testing at the IRTA MotoGP test at Jerez:
Crutchlow ends pre-season campaign in style at Jerez
The 2013 MotoGP World Championship pre-season ended in stunning style for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow, who topped the timesheets on a weather-hit final day at the Jerez track in Spain.
The 27-year-old surged to the top of the timesheets on a greasy but dry track in the closing stages of a day that saw less than two hours of track time available following early morning rain.
Crutchlow powered his YZR-M1 machine to a brilliant time of 1.39.511 in the final hour to better Valentino Rossi's best lap that the Italian set on the second day by just 0.014s.
Crutchlow's impressive performance today provided him with the perfect confidence boost ahead of the first race in Qatar on April 7, where he will be looking for a strong start to his third season in the MotoGP World Championship.
This morning's rain and the short window to test on a dry track this afternoon gave Bradley Smith another opportunity to build up his experience on Bridgestone's wet and slick tyres.
Smith completed 25 laps in the wet and then spent a large part of the day waiting for the surface to dry to further work on his riding style and YZR-M1 settings on a dry track.
He completed an additional 31-laps on slick rubber and after setting a best time of 1.41.398 in the dry yesterday, he was able to improve his pace to a 1.41.134. That encouraging pace moved him one place up the rankings from 12th to 11th and on the combined leaderboard h e finished 13th.
After a positive pre-season Smith is confident that he can be fighting for a top 10 finish on his much anticipated MotoGP debut at the Losail International Circuit in Doha.
Cal Crutchlow 1st 1.39.511 – 30 laps:
“It is obviously very satisfying to finish the test with the fastest time because it shows what a really good job I did and what a great job my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team did too. It is a shame we didn't get the chance to get in a lot more dry laps but I have been very fast and consistent and that gives me a lot of confidence for when we return to Jerez for the third race. This morning's rain meant the track wasn't in a great condition in the last two hours and I felt I could have definitely gone faster if there was more grip available. But it is the same for everybody and we came out on top, so that's positive. Each time I tried to improve my pace at the end I came across some traffic, so I've no doubt I could have gone faster. It has been a positive pre-season and I think I have shown I have made another big improvement for this year. This result gives me a lot of confidence going to Qatar but my goal will be to finish in the top six and get some early momentum like I did last season. It is going to be a very exciting season and now I can't wait to get to Qatar.”
Bradley Smith 13th 1.41.134 – 56 laps:
“The really important aspect of today was that I did eventually get some dry time on track. I was reasonably happy with my performance in the wet because it is all about building my experience of the bike and tyres in those conditions. But I was really happy the track dried because I badly need seat time and the weather has definitely not helped my preparations. I'm still searching for a base setting but we have it clear the direction we need to move in with the bike and that's to move away from what Andrea Dovizioso used and make the bike more like how Cal has his. I'm gradually getting more comfortable and at this test I've followed Cal, Jorge and Valentino to get a really understanding of how the Yamaha needs to be ridden. Now I'm really looking forward to going to Qatar. I'd have preferred to have done a few more dry laps in testing but I am confident and optimistic that I can start the season with a strong result.”
Final Pre-Season Testing Concludes Successfully for Yamaha in Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 25th March 2013
A final day of complicated weather conditions restricting track action has signaled the end of pre-season testing for the MotoGP Championship at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit in Spain.
Despite reduced track time because of the conditions, both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo leave Jerez satisfied with the YZR-M1 package and feeling competitive as the first race of the 2013 season approaches.
Having climbed dramatically to the top of the timesheets yesterday for the first time in two years and sent a clear message that a new chapter had begun for him, Rossi put in another impressive ride this afternoon to leave the test second fastest in the combined times.
Reigning World Champion Lorenzo had kicked off the Jerez test as the fastest man before spending the next two days working on honing his skill at delivering unbeatable pace over distance. He leaves as the third fastest rider, less than two tenths of a second from his teammate in second and making it a Yamaha one, two, three in the combined times.
2nd / 1.39.735 / 30 laps
“I’m so happy because at the end of today’s session we had some quite good conditions to make some laps in the dry and especially because for us it was very important to try the new chassis.
The feeling is generally ok; I was able to be competitive in difficult conditions and I also made good lap times with the used tyre. The new chassis has some good and bad points but I think I will start the season with the one I used yesterday and test this one again during the season.
I am happy about the test; I was competitive all three days so I am looking forward to going to Qatar.”
4th / 1.40.105 / 42 laps
“We didn't think we would practice so much today because the weather was so bad but finally we had two hours to practice and improve some things on the bike.
I made a long run that I think was positive to understand the behaviour of the bike with old tyres. We are not the fastest but I think we are very consistent.
It’s been a positive test for us to gain some motivation after Austin; that was a difficult three days. It shows that every track is a different world so let’s see what happens in Qatar. There can be a lot of sand on the track there so we’ll see how it is.
Like every year you feel a little nervous at the beginning, it’s so important to start in a good way and get some points!”
“It’s the last day of testing, finally in the last two hours we were able to go out and do what we came for and test the bike and new material we had available.
The situation wasn't perfect, there were still some damp patches but I think we have the information we need to be able to start in Qatar with the right stuff. We didn’t complete so many laps over the last three days but we are quite satisfied with the results.
One of Jorge’s strong points is consistency, yesterday he struggled to be able to find a constant pace but today he had that back and was good. We didn't pay too much attention to one hot lap, but looking at him I think he’s ready for Qatar.”
“Today we could ride for one and a half hours, in the afternoon. We couldn't get all the information we were looking for, but the results we got are enough to decide which path we will take to start the season in Qatar in ten days time.
The winter tests are now done, we have done a good job and we can start the season in the best way. We achieved most of our targets and we finished Jerez Test with Yamaha in the top three which means the package is really good. We are looking forward to Qatar and we are ready to fight.”
Winter testing comes to an end in Jerez
Once again the weather disrupted testing today in Jerez, with the track finally drying up and becoming clean only at the end of the day for just an hour and a half.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez went out on a drying track early in the day to gain more experience in these conditions on the RC213V, but then had a lengthy wait as he and his team waited for conditions to improve. He finally went out for the last hour and recorded the 5th fastest time of the day with 1'40.130 set on lap 23 lap of 34, improving on his best lap of yesterday by six tenths. Marc continued to learn the racing line on this track with a MotoGP machine and worked some more on the electronics.
Dani Pedrosa arrived at the track early this morning but chose not to ride. There was nothing more for him to test and he felt some more neck pain - which he first had at the Austin test, so he decide to head home and rest before the first race, now just under two weeks away.
After a long winter testing period, the season is now ready to begin. The Qatar GP first practice session will begin at 19h55 local time on the 4th April, with the race taking place on Sunday 7th April at 22h00.
Marc Marquez 5th 1'40.130
"It was dry and sunny this morning then at around 10.30 it began to rain quite heavily. We put in a some laps to understand a few things in these conditions as we had some problems in the wet on the first day, so this was helpful as we found some answers. Everybody was waiting for the track to dry out and although it was a little cold, the last hour was good. It was useful to test some things and I feel much better than yesterday, we made some improvements, especially in our consistency and with electronics. Now I will try to relax and prepare myself for Qatar, this has been a positive winter testing - much better than I expected!"
Dani Pedrosa Did not test
"This morning was sunny but by the time we got to the track the clouds had started to arrive. I was discussing the programme for the day with my team and it started to rain. We decided that we had nothing new to test in these conditions - even if it started to dry up this afternoon, and we are happy with the machine. On top of that, I felt the pain in my neck again yesterday and would prefer to rest it in time for Qatar. We've done a lot of testing this winter and now we are ready to go racing, I can't wait to start the season!"
RANDY DE PUNIET FINISHES JEREZ TEST AS FASTEST CRT
Aleix Espargaró less than three tenths behind his team-mate and twelfth overall
The final day of preseason MotoGP testing took place at Jerez today, where intermittent rain showers eventually made way for a drying track and afforded a small window of opportunity for the teams to finalise their preparations at the very end of the day. Cal Crutchlow set the fastest time of the day and the test overall, followed by Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl, with less than two weeks now remaining until the start of the season.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Randy De Puniet left the test in jovial mood after making some key improvements despite only spending an hour and a half on track. The Frenchman was able to iron out some problems he has had in the previous two days of the test and significantly improved the performance of his bike under braking, allowing him to set the fastest time of all the CRT riders present. Aleix Espargaró was the second fastest CRT, three tenths off the best lap set by his team-mate, and both riders are now looking forward excitedly to the first race of the new campaign in Qatar.
10th Randy De Puniet 1.40.971 (24 laps): "I am really happy because the test finished in the best possible way. We had to wait until 4:30 this afternoon before we could ride but it was worth the wait. The track wasn't completely dry when I went out so I didn't want to take too many risks but we made some slight adjustments to the front suspension and made some interesting conclusions. I was three tenths off my best lap from last year without pushing, which is a really good sign considering the conditions. We also managed to iron out the problems we had yesterday so we leave Jerez in very high spirits."
12th Aleix Espargaró 1.41.218 (39 laps): "We did about fifteen laps on the wet track this morning and I had a fantastic feeling with the bike. We did some tests with the electronics and the bike responded perfectly, so I was really happy with that. In the afternoon we only did an hour and a quarter on track and there were some damp patches out there so it was difficult to get a feeling, At least we were able to continue testing the electronics and try to eliminate the rebound I was experiencing in certain parts of the track but we didn't completely manage to do that. We will keep working on it in Qatar but for now we can leave Jerez feeling happy that we have discovered a lot of options for our bike and look forward with optimism to the first race."
Crutchlow in command at Jerez MotoGP™ test
Circuito de Jerez, Monday 25 March 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: (CRT) Extra-soft, Soft. (Non-CRT): Soft, Medium
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds: Hard
Weather: Sat: Wet/Dry. Sun: Wet/Dry Mon: Wet/Dry. Ambient 14-22°C; Track 13-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow capped off an impressive pre-season by topping the timesheet at Jerez during a late flurry of activity on the final day of testing.
On a damp but rapidly drying track, Crutchlow posted a time of 1’39.511 on the combination of the medium front and soft rear slicks to edge out Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi into second overall by just fourteenth-thousandths of a second. On the other Yamaha Factory Racing M1, Jorge Lorenzo’s best lap of 1’39.540 secured Yamaha the top three fastest times at the test. The highest placed CRT rider at Jerez was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet whose time of 1’40.971 was 1.460 seconds off the pace and twelfth quickest overall.
A total of twenty-five riders took part in the Jerez test, with a wide range of weather conditions allowing teams to work on bike settings for wet and dry conditions. Rain fell on each day of the test and track temperatures varied from a low of 13°C at the start of testing on Saturday to a peak of 32°C at 1400 on the second day of the test.
Sunday and Monday afternoon presented a track that was mainly dry but with damp patches with riders opting for the softer slick compounds during these periods for maximum grip and warm-up performance in the challenging conditions. For the Jerez test, Bridgestone supplied the hard compound wet tyre, but long runs in wet conditions revealed that the abrasive surface of the Jerez circuit caused excessive wear for some riders. In response, Bridgestone has changed its production schedule to ensure each rider will have two extra-hard compound rear wet tyres delivered for the Jerez race weekend that commences on May 3rd.
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“The weather conditions at Jerez were quite variable with lots of rain, but from our perspective this test gave us a lot of valuable data. The long periods of wet weather allowed us to gather a lot of data on wet tyre performance at this circuit, and our analysis and rider feedback indicated that at this track with the 1000cc bikes, a wet tyre with more durability is required. Consequently, we will provide each rider with two extra-hard rear wet tyres in their allocation for the Jerez race. Although the rain did stop on the last two days of the test, the state of track surface wasn’t ideal, so it was positive to see that riders were able to lap within the circuit record in the cool and damp conditions.
“Overall, I am pleased with what we achieved during our pre-season test programme and I’d like to thank all the riders and teams for their cooperation over the past couple of months. I am looking forward to the first race at Qatar and to what promises to be an exciting season.”
BRADL TAKES 3RD PLACE AT JEREZ FINAL DAY OF TESTING
Jerez, 25 March: the final day of the three day MotoGP test at Jerez began with the same wet conditions as yesterday morning and all MotoGP riders were out on slick tyres around 4pm when the Spanish track began to dry out. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl got down to serious testing and development work aboard his Honda RC213V posting the third fastest lap time of the day with 1’39.975 (5th overall through the course of the test). ...read more and download the official photos.
“Today we just had 1 and half hour of acceptable track conditions after this morning rain showers. We confirmed our bike set-up from yesterday, which made me more confident with the front tyre and we made a further step forward. Then for the remaining laps, we tested a new set of tyres to improve our lap time and we had a good result despite some traffic in the last part of the session. Although we had here tricky conditions in the last 3 days, I think we are ready for the first race in Qatar which is a race track that I like”.
PESEK HAS GOT A GOOD RESULT IN THE LAST IRTA TEST DAY
The last IRTA Test day of MotoGP class was conditioned by the rain and some top teams has decided to didn’t go on track and prepare the cases for Qatar in advance.
Cal Crutchlow has set the best time with 1.39.511, with dry track, followed by Rossi at 0.224 and Bradl at 0.464.
Lukas Pesek has closed the day in 15th position with 1.41.719, his best time of the test with the 20th place overall, at 2.280 from Crutchlow. The Came Iodaracing Czech rider has worked a lot on the new Ioda-Suter BMW 2013 with which he has done 49 laps both on the dry and on the wet.
Danilo Petrucci has finished in 18th place with 1.42.428 at 2.917 from Crutchlow’s best time. The rider from Terni, on track only from 4.30 PM, has not improved his 1.41.529 of yesterday, 17th position in the overall standings, beacause of some little problems to his bike solved faster by Came Iodaracing staff.
Lukas Pesek, Rider MotoGP # 52 - 1.41.719: "Today was a very usefull day for us, we have worked a lot on the new Ioda-Suter chassis testing also different eletronics solutions. We did many laps both on the wet and on the dry track and now we have many informations that will be very important for the incoming season. In the last minutes of the practice we decided to use a new set of tyres and I got a good lap time very close to the other CRTs and this is very good looking forward to Qatar race. I have to say thank you to my team for the great job that they have done”.
Danilo Petrucci, Pilota MotoGP # 9 - 1.42.428 : "Unfortunately, as happend in the others tests, on the third day we didn’t improve what we have done in the two days before. The bad weather has conditioned the track, and we have also lost some time for some little problems to my bikes with the dry track. I’m disappointed for that because yesterday everything was ok, but I’m also very confident for the first race in Qatar”.
Rainy pre season testing ends at Jerez with positive results
A very rainy pre season testing ends at Jerez for NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti and their FTR-Kawasaki bike. The initial difficulties encountered in Malaysia due to the late arrival of some material and the weather conditions have been clearly overcome as shown by the clear evolution from the first two tests at Sepang to this last test.
The inconsistency of the weather has allowed American and Italian riders the chance to work on both wet and dry settings of their CRT over these last three days. The team has also mainly focused on the electronics in order to be ready for the first race of the season. It has even allowed both riders to narrow the gap between them and the top CRTs during the course of this last day of testing.
The constant progress of the FTR-Kawasaki bikes makes the team look forward to the first race of the season. The first race of the season will take place in less than two weeks at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on April 7th.
Colin Edwards – 1´42.254
“All done with pre season testing and overall feeling happy. As far as the bike is concerned the bike, the chassis is fantastic. We have done a lot of work in a short amount of time to figure out a good balance. What worked in Malaysia we had to change a little bit here, Jerez always seems to be a bit particular on bike setting. In terms of the engine, we’ve come off from our first test, got a better unit and the exhaust as well, so we have added a little power. We have been mainly playing with electronics, really trying to figure out traction control and yesterday we ultimately found something that we can always improves but right now its comfortable, its consistent and comfortable and that’s what we have been lacking a little bit of. I’m happy, I’m ready to go to the first race.”
Claudio Corti – 1´41.443
“Today our lap times have improved even if the track conditions were not ideal, we still have a lot of work ahead of us and this is just the beginning. We have improved considerably since the Sepang test but we need to continue working on the development and we have several ideas in mind, we are working on the right direction. We still have to figure out a few things like the electronics and tires, which I haven’t been able to take to test to the limit. The FTR- Kawasaki package is strong even if we do lose a bit of time exiting the curved, but we have to keep in mind that we are not a factory team, we are a private team. We have to work and not let our guard down. The Aprilias are not as far ahead of us as we thought they would. Our job now is to keep our heads down and open gas.”
Sergio Verbena – MotoGP Technical Director
“We are happy with the results we have obtained in these last three days of testing even if the weather has not allowed us to test in the best possible conditions. In terms of the chassis for Colin we started of with the one that we ended the last Sepang test and we have added a few modifications and he seems to be very comfortable with this setting and feel confident for this first race of the season. Claudio is very is very fast on the single lap time, even if he still has to find the right setting for this FTR chassis. He has had a bit of trouble with the braking point and grip that we are currently working on. The feeling with the electronics is pretty good and I would like to thank 2D, specially Dirk Debus for this collaboration. We go to Qatar with a good base. Claudio has proven to be fast on a one fast lap and Colin shows good constant pace. We have positive expectations for this first.”
The end of the MotoGP test session was finished by another rainy day.
Karel Abraham lost good position at the end.
Last official MotoGP test sesion finished with twenty-first combined time for Karel Abraham. Cardion AB Motoracing team rider reached in short time period, when the Spanish Jerez track was dry, time 1:41,864 with 2,353 seconds gap to the fastest Cal Crutchlow. The most of Czech rider competitors drove their fastest times at the end of the last day, when the track was drying up quickly. At that time, Karel Abraham had problems with bike and he failed to use the advantage of better conditions at the end of the day. Within a few minutes, he fell through the times down to the final standing.
„What can I say. We needed to push hard for three days on dry track and instead of this we could ride for two afternoons only, actually not even that. There was a lot of speeding up at the end of today, but we just tried settings, which wasn´t so good for me and rear tyre was slipping me a lot. Five riders ahead of me made their fastest times in last three laps and in that moment I couldn´t be faster. So I´m really not thrilled with result. Against the teams with the same bike from last year, we have a terrible shortage which we have to work on in practise session for Qatar.“
Marco Grana, chief-mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„It rained again for the most of the day, only for last two hours we could try dry tyres. The beginning was good, but in last thirty minutes a lot of riders overtake Karel. Honestly, I didn´t expected to finish after Corti or Aoyama. Unfortunately, we had some problems with the bike at the end and Karel wasn´t able to be faster. Overall evaluation of this test session is half positive and half negative. The most important negative was the terrible weather. We had a lot of things to try, but we can´t try them. Second negative moment is the end of today´s session, that´s true, too. Positive is, that Karel is better coping with the bike. Since first moment he sat on new bike, he´s improving day to day. Good news is that we´re very well equipped fot the race – we can do our best times constantly at the level of our fastest laps. What we need now is to improve to be faster for qualifying practise. Compared to Ducati, we´re loosing one second. It´s not bad, but it´s more than I wish. We shlould need more time to prepare for Qatar, but important is, that we know what to do. We must focus on that and work hard until the race.“
Ducati Team concludes pre-season testing in Jerez
With the 2013 MotoGP championship fast approaching, the Ducati Team completed its final day of pre-season testing today at the IRTA-organized test held at Southern Spain’s Circuito de Jerez.
As had been the case yesterday and on Saturday, the planned work programme for Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden had to be altered due to uncooperative weather conditions, as morning rainfall left the track damp until after lunch. Even in the afternoon, conditions were less favourable than they had been for yesterday’s dry portion, but Dovizioso and Hayden made the best of the situation. During the last hour and a half before the track closed, both riders tried a number of setup options on their Desmosedici GP13 machines, with the Italian again using the fairing that he had tried for the first time yesterday. Andrea rode 30 laps today and was eighth on the day but seventh in the combined times, 0.811 seconds off the pace of leader Cal Crutchlow. Nicky turned 42 laps today and ended ninth fastest on combined times.
The Ducati Team now heads home to prepare for the opening MotoGP round, which will take place on 7 April in Doha, Qatar.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 7th, 1:40.322 (Day 2)
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time today, so it wasn’t possible to learn anything regarding the race pace. Still, I didn’t expect to leave Jerez just eight tenths from the leader. I’m surprised and pleased at the same time, as this helps us to realize that we’re not so far from the others when we have a fresh tyre. The weather didn’t allow us to do a race simulation, so we’re not sure what to expect when the tyres are worn. These three days were important for me and for the development, even if we weren’t able to do a great lap time. We should be able to fight for a decent grid position in Qatar, and that’s important, but we’re not sure about the race.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 9th, 1:40.370 (Day 3)
“We started winter testing in Malaysia with a bigger gap than we had hoped, but since then I feel like we’ve worked well and recovered some of the gap, although part of that is down to this track being shorter. The test team is doing a good job with us, and I achieved my goal for this test, which was to be inside a second from the leader. Yesterday I didn’t feel like I was riding so well, but I went better this afternoon when it finally dried out. There wasn’t much time, but the team did a good job. My suspension guy had a few ideas, and they seemed promising; it’s a good sign that I was a second faster than yesterday on a patchy track. There’s still a lot of work to do, but everyone’s really motivated for Qatar.”
Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati MotoGP Project Leader)
“Unfortunately, the bad weather affected every test that we took part in this year, and once again here at Jerez we weren’t able to complete all the work we had planned. Still, we go home somewhat satisfied because we were able to significantly reduce the gap to the top, although we’re aware that we have more hard work to do in order to make further improvements to our performance.”
Ducati Corse development rider Michele Pirro turned 44 laps on the day, his best time of 1:40.881 putting him ninth on the day’s timesheets, 11th in the combined times.
Final 2013 IRTA-organized test session affected by bad weather.
This final testing session started off wet with heavy rainfall followed by short sunny periods and a series of showers not strong enough to soak the circuit but not spaced out enough to allow the asphalt to dry.
The team and the riders did not consider it relevant to test during the limited amount of time available in the early morning of this last day of testing before the season gets underway under floodlights in Qatar on April 7th. Very few changes would have been crucial for the data collected during the previous days.
The track conditions improved almost one hour and thirty minutes before the end of the pre-season testing session allowing Andrea Iannone to jump on his Desmosedici clocking a time of 1.40.840 on lap 18, which placed him in 6th place first of Ducati’s riders.
Ben instead preferred to preserve his shoulder without taking risks which could compromise the full recovery in order to get to the first race of the season in the best physical condition possible.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
"I am satisfied with the work we are doing. I think that in this circuit our bike can be competitive. I felt much better than in the Sepang test and I found out a few different solutions compared to the first 2012 test. Anyway my goal is to learn more and more and to be as fast as possible."