Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the one-day test at Jerez:
Repsol Honda Team continue momentum in Jerez test
Today the Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Jerez after yesterday's fantastic 1-2 at the GP of Spain.
Marc solved some issues he had in the front with his bike from the weekend, and worked on some setup changes, again finding some improvement. He then spent some time on the electronics with different mappings and collected data working with a different suspension setup. He finished the day on top of the time sheets, completing a total of 63 laps with a fastest time of 1'38.824, one tenth faster than his qualifying time (1'38.971) on lap 27.
Dani was 4th fastest for the day with a time of 1'38.979, just 0.155 from Marc, taken on lap 4 of 56. He also worked on the Öhlins suspension, electronics and with chassis settings ahead of next week's GP of France in Le Mans.
Marc Marquez 1st 1'38.824
“Today was a very positive day of testing for us. We started with the base from yesterday, to focus on some problems we had in the race and we managed to find solutions quickly. We tried some new settings with the front forks, rear suspension and electronics. Some things went better than others, but the important thing is that we were consistent, which is what matters in MotoGP. We hope that what we did today helps us over the next few races"
Dani Pedrosa 4th 1'38.979
"In general today was a positive day. We worked on various aspects of the setup in order to find a bit more rear grip and stability exiting the corners. Some things went well and others could still be improved. We also tried out some things with the suspension and the electronics, but didn't have any major new parts to work with. This is all good preparation for the next round of the World Championship"
Yamaha Complete Successful One-Day Test in Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 6th May 2013
Following a hot and challenging race weekend in Jerez, Yamaha Factory Racing remained at the circuit to complete another hot day of riding today.
Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo spent the day continuing to evaluate the potential of the 2013 chassis whilst also working to improve tyre performance and grip life in the hot conditions.
Lorenzo, who took his third consecutive podium of the year yesterday, finished the test as the third fastest rider with a 1m 38.958s lap.
Teammate Rossi, who finished fourth yesterday, was not far behind in fifth with a 1m 39.397s lap.
3rd / 1'38.958 / 81 laps
“It’s been a long day, it was not easy to finish the day on the bike because after three days full of stress of competition the only thing you want is to rest. I think the work was worth it because we improved some things. We tried many starts and finally I found again the same feeling I had last year. We improved the start, which is important for the next few races. I think we also improved the bike and I think we decided the new chassis so it has been a positive day.”
5th / 1'39.397 / 61 laps
“At the end it has been a good test. It was important because we found some improvements in some points of view, small details but a good way to continue. It was important to try to understand the new chassis. We made a lot of comparisons between the two but at the end more or less the performance is very similar. In some places it’s better and some places it’s worse. We will decide next week what we will use in Le Mans. We are ready for Le Mans, now we take a rest and we will see next week.”
Dovizioso, Hayden test development bike at Jerez
Fresh off of a long race weekend at the Circuito de Jerez, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden remained in Spain today for an official IRTA test, where they joined the other MotoGP racers for another warm day of riding on a hot track. The test provided an opportunity for Dovizioso and Hayden to try the pair of development bikes that Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro had just campaigned in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Ducati Team racers confirmed Pirro’s findings with the bike via a back-to-back comparison to their own Desmosedici GP13 race machines, and the important data gathered will be brought back to the factory to further define the engineers’ development program for the coming months.
The Ducati Team now heads to Italy’s Mugello Circuit, where Dovizioso and Hayden are scheduled to take part in a private test on Wednesday and Thursday.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 7th, 1:39.524 (47 laps)
“It was interesting to try the bike with the new frame, which we should have soon to use in the races, although I still don’t know exactly when. We were able to do a comparison with my current bike, and the lap time wasn’t bad at all, while corner entry is better, especially in fast turns. This is the first true change this year, and although it’s not as big as I’d hoped, we’re going in the right direction.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 8th, 1:39.643 (35 laps)
“Today went pretty well. We knew that with my condition, we wouldn’t be able to test a lot, but it was important to compare the lab bike that Pirro raced yesterday with my own. The positive thing is that we confirmed that the development is going in the right direction. Corner entry is easier, and that leads to a small improvement with turning as well. Hopefully they’ve got some more good information today that will help them to continue improving the bike.”
Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager
“It was very good that Andrea and Nicky were able to try the Desmosedici that Pirro had ridden yesterday in the race. Compared to our race bikes, it has a different frame and some changes to improve power delivery, along with updates to the electronics. This is just the first step in our development program, but it confirmed that the work we’ve done so far has been in the right direction. Both riders did good lap times, and corner entry and corner speed are better. Now we go to Mugello, where Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini will try other updates, while Andrea and Nicky will focus on work on the setup of their GP13 race bikes to prepare for the race in June.”
BRADL RESUMES TEST ROUTINE AT JEREZ
Jerez, 6 May: LCR racer Stefan Bradl was back on track today in Jerez for one day of testing after yesterday’s race which saw the German ending a very tough weekend with a DNF. The 23-year-old, riding the RC213V no. 6, commenced his intended test programme in sunny conditions working on front-end adjustments and Bridgestone tyres. At the end of the day Bradl finished 9th fastest with 1’39.894 (71 laps).
“Today was a very intense day for us. We worked on various aspects of the set-up trying to find a solution for our front-end issues. We did not focus on the quickest lap time but still we have to improve the bike as we lose too much time entering the corners. However I am optimistic that, in Le Mans, we can go back to our normal speed”.
Crutchlow and Smith complete successful test in Jerez
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith completed a successful one-day test session at the Circuito de Jerez track in Spain today.
After racing to a third successive top five finish this season in yesterday’s 27-lap race, Crutchlow was hard at work again today to post 67-laps while evaluating a new Yamaha YZR-M1 chassis.
Still feeling sore and bruised after two heavy crashes on Saturday, the British rider managed to get through a tremendous amount of testing work on behalf of Yamaha, which included experimenting with a different engine braking strategy and wheelbase modifications to improve front and rear grip.
The 27-year-old was able to set the second fastest time and his best of 1.38.916 was only 0.092s behind Marc Marquez, who led the timesheets at the end of the eight-hour session.
Clear blue skies and scorching hot sun meant conditions were perfect for testing and gave Smith the ideal opportunity to work on evaluating a new YZR-M1 chassis.
The chassis upgrade gave Smith better stability in the braking zone and improved rear grip, and he was able to lap consistently in the 1.40 bracket throughout the 50 laps he completed.
Satisfied with the improved feeling and confidence he got from the revised chassis, Smith will go to the forthcoming French MotoGP in Le Mans preparing to use the new frame in the all-important home round for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.t.
Cal Crutchlow 2nd 1.38.916 – 67 laps :
“I’m happy to have got through so much work today and do almost 70 laps because my back is still quite sore from the two big crashes I had on Saturday. I tried a different frame today but honestly I couldn’t really find any improvement. There were some positive and negative points but overall it felt the same as what I’ve been racing so far. I tried a few engine braking settings for Yamaha and it was important for them to get some data and information in that area. We ran the bike with a lot of engine braking to see how the bike would react and make it slide on corner entry. I couldn’t really feel a big benefit going into the corner but it was a bit better braking straight up and down and it was a worthwhile exercise. It was a positive day and after a tough weekend with the crashes to finish fifth in the race and second in the test today shows again we are doing a good job.”
Bradley Smith 10th 1.40.009 – 50 laps :
“I spent the whole day working on race set-up and I was lucky enough to be given a new chassis, so I am very grateful to Yamaha for that. I really liked the new chassis and I was able to lap a lot more comfortable. We tried a few different solutions with that new frame and I made some big steps with my pace on old tyres. It is difficult to say how much the improvement is compared to yesterday because the conditions were really tricky in the race but I was able to lap in the 1.40s all day today on new and old tyres. I felt happy at that pace and it didn’t feel like I was risking too much as well. Hopefully that is a good step in the right direction but we will see in Le Mans where we will have both bikes running the new frame. I was much more stable on the brakes and I had much more rear grip and I was closer on race pace, so I can go to Le Mans optimistic.”
POSITIVE DAY OF TESTING FOR ALVARO BAUTISTA AT JEREZ
Following the Grand Prix of Spain, an intense day of testing at Jerez brought positive results for Alvaro Bautista. Under bright sunshine and with temperatures reaching 50° on track, the Spaniard tried out some new setups for his machine and worked on his Showa suspension. The results were encouraging for the future and his pace was better than over the weekend, whilst he also improved with used tyres.
Bryan Staring also had a good day, going faster than his quickest lap in qualifying and keeping up a solid pace which illustrated his progress. Unfortunately, a crash ended his day early, putting his planned workload on the backburner for the while.
Alvaro Bautista (6th 1’39”457 50 laps) "Today was an interesting day, because we tried out some new solutions with both the front and the rear. We also used a new fork, with which we found some good things but which needs more work. For the moment the fork that we used yesterday performs better, but the basic details of what we used today looks very interesting for the future. As for the rear, which gave us problems at the weekend, we found some settings that gave us positive feedback. Today we were faster than over the entire weekend and I clocked my best lap time. So it was a positive day and the pace on used tires was also good. We also did a great job with Showa, because we were able to collect data and information of interest to them for developing the rear –which we’ve neglected a bit recently. I am confident ahead of Le Mans, where I am sure we will have better performance with both the front and the rear of the bike."
Bryan Staring (15th 1’41”181 46 laps) "I'm unhappy about the crash at Turn 11, which forced me to end the testing session early. I was doing well, despite a really bad headache, and I was pleased with what I was doing. Unfortunately, the unexpected early finish has left a bad taste in my mouth and I can only apologise to the team. I felt a strange vibration on the front and I lost control of the bike. In any case, I consider this a positive day; firstly because I went faster than in qualifying, but mainly because I rode with a good pace, felt good and was confident on the bike. All this gives me confidence for the next race at Le Mans in France. "