Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the second day of testing at Valencia:
Yamaha Sign off for 2013 in Valencia
Valencia (Spain), 12th November 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing wrapped up their final day of on-track work for 2013 today in the second of the three days of official testing at Valencia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will not continue to ride tomorrow having completed the testing schedule required by Yamaha.
Both riders again tested an early version of the 2014 YZR-M1 along with working on a set up to reduce fuel consumption ahead of the rule changes for 2014 which will see a reduction in allowance of fuel for the MotoGP races. Lorenzo and Rossi will now take a well-earned break before returning to the track for the first official IRTA test of 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia.
Jorge Lorenzo - 2nd / 1'30.768 / 60 laps
“We tested next year’s bike today and we found some positive things. We are trying some small details that will give us some small advantages. We will wait for Sepang to have bigger and more important modifications.”
Valentino Rossi - 7th / 1'31.414 / 57 laps
“Today we focused on the new bike and it was a little bit more difficult than yesterday. We worked a lot to try to test some new systems for the fuel consumption and the settings; it has been a good test. At the end the performance wasn't fantastic but we made an important job for winter to arrive competitive next year. During this season I wasn't strong enough in braking so this is the target to improve.”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager
“Again a lot of information from today. The weather has been great and the track was a bit better this morning than this afternoon. It was a bit difficult to keep the pace at the end of the day. Overall it's been a positive test and we gained a lot of information so Yamaha can analyse for the preparations for the new season. We are satisfied with today.”
Massimo Meregalli - Team Director
“At the end it has been a positive test and we were able to download some valuable information. We didn't bring so many parts but it was important to gather the information the technicians were looking for. We finish the test one day early but the schedule has already been completed. We are now at the end of the season and we did so much work and put so much effort in, we gave our best. We achieved a lot of great results and we will now take some rest and then prepare for the first test next year in the best way possible.”
NICKY HAYDEN MAKES ASPAR TEAM DEBUT AT VALENCIA
American rider clocks up 76 laps and saves his best one until last
Post-season MotoGP testing stepped up a notch at Valencia today as the number of riders on track increased from fourteen yesterday to twenty. Perfect weather conditions allowed them to ride from ten this morning until five in the afternoon without interruption, other than by a red flag at 4pm due to a crash for Michael Laverty. The three fastest times of the day were unsurprisingly set by the three men who finished on the podium on Sunday, Marc Márquez clocking a 1'30.536 followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
After Hiroshi Aoyama tested the Aspar Team's new Honda Production Racer yesterday, today was the turn of his new team-mate Nicky Hayden. With poor weather forecast for tomorrow the American did not want to waste a minute of available track time and he threw his leg over the new machine no sooner had pit-lane opened. By around 2pm he had dropped his lap times to 1.32.582 but with his 76th and final lap of the day he went even faster with a 1.32.576.
13th Nicky Hayden 1.32.576 (76 laps): “It was exciting to get to work with a new team and a new bike. This is a new project and there is a long road ahead but that's what makes it so interesting. I really enjoyed my first contact with the bike. There is a lot to learn and I need to build a relationship with the mechanics but I am really happy with today for a first shakedown. The team has helped me a lot and I had a lot of engineers around me all day. We can see how much work there is to do but the base is solid. We couldn't have had better conditions to ride in today. It would have been nice to finish with some stronger lap times but overall we're happy.”
World Champion Marquez fastest in Valencia Test
The Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Valencia today in preparation for the 2014 season. Newly crowned World Champion, Marc Marquez, was fastest on this second day (the team did not test yesterday), with teammate Dani Pedrosa in third.
HRC had two different prototypes for the riders to test side by side, one from mid-season and an evolution machine. Marc had a busy day testing, completing 77 laps in total with his fastest lap of 1'30.536 coming on lap 75. Dani also had a busy programme completing 72 laps and recording his fastest lap on lap 67 with 1'30.948.
Marc Marquez 1st 1'30.536
“After the celebrations, we were back on the bike today and I felt comfortable from the beginning. Today's testing was important, because we gathered a lot of data and tried out two different bikes: the prototype that we had already ridden at Misano, and a new one brought in especially for this test. They are fairly similar and we were able to make a few improvements, but we still have some changes to configure. We set good times with both bikes and were consistent with our pace. Tomorrow we will focus on just one machine and work on setting it up in more detail”
Dani Pedrosa 3rd 1'30.948
“Today we mixed our testing between the 2013 and 2014 bikes. The track conditions were good and there was a lot of grip, so we were able to put in a lot of laps. In general it was a good day of testing and we pushed every part to the limit to try and see the pros and cons of each one. We found some references with the new bike, as there are already a few changes: For example, the ECU, which is the same for everyone. We have also worked on some other aspects of the bike and are trying to adapt to them. There is still a lot to be done and tomorrow we will continue working to carry on progressing”
POSITIVE DAY OF TESTS FOR BAUTISTA AND A FEW MORE LAPS FOR REDDING
After taking a day off yesterday Alvaro Bautista was back on track at Valencia today for an intense day of testing that saw him evaluate new Showa front suspension and Nissin brakes package. His new team-mate Scott Redding was also in action today although the British youngster's track time was limited due to the pain in his injured arm.
Alvaro Bautista (5th 1’31.208 - 72 laps) “It has been a positive day and we have been able to try a lot of new parts with some good results. We tried a new front fork that Showa brought here and gathered a lot of information that should be useful in the next test. Nissin have also brought a new brakes package that worked well so it has been a good day and now I am looking forward tomorrow, when I will get the chance to ride the 2014 bike.”
Scott Redding (19th 1’34.541 - 23 laps) “Today wasn't easy because I am still tired from the race and the amount of laps I did yesterday on a bike that has so much more power than I am used to, so we decided to finish early. In the few laps I did manage we worked well and I can tell this is a professional team with competent and well prepared staff. We have started to work in a good way together and now I just want to focus on being ready for the winter tests in Malaysia.”
Fausto Gresini “We did a lot of work today evaluating some different technical solutions and a new fork that Showa brought here, with the idea of building and being competitive for the start of next season. As far as Scott is concerned his first contact with the team has been positive and it's a real shame he hasn't been able to do many laps today because of his arm. Anyway, he had a good day yesterday and now he knows what MotoGP is all about, he has time to get fit again before we start our real work together at Sepang.”
Positive day for the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
The second IRTA test day for the 2014 season took place at the 'Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana' under a bright sun and in temperatures of 23º C (73° F) that contributed to the success of today's session.
The engine on Andrea Iannone’s Desmosedici GP13 was started at 11:00 a.m., and the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider and his team continued the scheduled work program. The track closed at 5:00 p.m., at which point Andrea had completed a total of 68 laps, setting a best lap time of 1’31.844 that put him in tenth place.
Meanwhile, Yonny Hernandez started the morning with a visit to the Clinica Mobile. After taking into consideration the MRI performed yesterday on the Colombian, the medical staff confirmed the fracture previously diagnosed and excluded any other damage apart from normal inflammation of the tendon. Therefore, at 11:30 a.m., Yonny climbed aboard his Ducati and eventually set his personal best time of 1’32.800 on the 26th of his 27 laps. He and his team decided to end the day early in order to rest his hand ahead of a test to be held at Jerez November 27-29.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“Today, we continued with our program. We’re basically trying some components that we already had, but with different settings, to see if anything changes, where they improve and where they’re worse. This morning with the same tyre that I used yesterday for about 18 laps, I was able to be pretty fast. I had a good feeling and I matched yesterday’s pace. It isn’t easy to improve our lap times but that’s why we’re trying different things compared to what we do during the season. I have the same bike that I used during the championship, but before lunch we tried the new fairing and tomorrow I'll try the frame used by Dovi this year. I want to try to gather as much data as possible so that Ducati can process it in the coming months in order to go to Sepang with a bike that allows us to do something more.”
Yonny Hernandez – Pramac Racing Team
“This morning I went out and I was pretty good, but then my right little finger began hurting again. We still tried the soft tyre, which had given me a good feeling yesterday. During the first two laps, we improved more than with the tyre used in the last race. I think it’s interesting to understand how to work with this new soft tyre because I think we can still improve a bit. Unfortunately, I still have pain in my finger and I couldn’t do more laps. I hope to be fit for the next test so that I’ll be able to try the new electronics.”
Testing continues for Ducati Team at Valencia
Work continued for the Ducati Team on the second of three days of testing planned for this week at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, where Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow turned 62 and 53 laps, respectively.
The Italian tried an updated chassis and put in more track time with a fairing that he had first tested briefly yesterday. He also worked with updated electronics settings to cope with the reduced fuel-capacity limit for 2014 (20 litres), and ended the day eighth-best.
Crutchlow, meanwhile, continued familiarizing himself with his new bike and experimenting with setup. The Briton suffered a crash at Turn 8 near the end of the day, at which point he occupied the eleventh spot on the timesheets.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro devoted his day to trying various frame configurations intended to improve corner entry and to confirming new electronic strategies.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 8th, 1:31.661 (62 laps)
“We tested a new frame today, but there isn’t really much difference so we didn’t improve a lot. We also tested a different fairing and some different settings, things we’ve already tested but this time to give feedback to Gigi [Dall’Igna]. The lap time is quite fast, but everyone was quite fast because the conditions were good. At the end it was difficult to make a lap time because the sun was very low. I’m happy about the lap time at the end but the bike is similar to during the weekend.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) 11th, 1:32.114 (53 laps)
“Obviously we’re just getting to grips with the Ducati, riding around doing as much as possible. We didn’t do a lot of laps, but made a lot of changes. The team’s working good, they’re listening to my comments a lot, and Gigi is here gathering information. It was a more challenging day for me today, but positive in the end. We didn’t go as fast as yesterday, but would’ve gone faster as we changed the bike really drastically at the end of the day and seemed to have found something, but it was a compromise, as I had rear grip but little front grip and crashed! I think we could’ve been in the mid-31s if we had pushed.”
Smith thrilled with Yamaha upgrades in Valencia
After taking a thoroughly deserved rest day at the end of an impressive but long debut MotoGP season yesterday, Bradley Smith made a brilliant return to action for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team on day two of the traditional Valencia MotoGP test in Spain earlier today.
With a hectic testing schedule in front of him, Smith went quickly down to work when the track opened in perfect weather conditions at 10am this morning.
The young British rider, who finished 10th in an encouraging rookie MotoGP campaign, got his first chance to evaluate a factory-spec chassis, seat unit and fuel tank package raced by Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi last season.
The 22-year-old was immediately fast on the updated YZR-M1 machine and he made excellent progress in warm and sunny conditions to set a best time of 1.31.397. That secured Smith the sixth fastest time and he was just ahead of nine-times World Champion Rossi.
New teammate Pol Espargaro delivered yet another eye-catching performance to follow up from his confident and assured first ride on the YZR-M1 machine yesterday.
The reigning Moto2 World Champion lowered his lap time by well over a second in a 72-lap stint today and a best time of 1.31.836 was less than 0.5s behind Smith’s pace and less than a second outside of Lorenzo's speed.
Further proof of how quickly Espargaro is adapting to the new MotoGP challenge came when he was able to reduce the gap to the top of the time of the timesheets from almost two seconds yesterday to just 1.3s this afternoon.
Bradley Smith 6th 1.31.397 – 78 laps:
“It was definitely worth taking a rest yesterday because I had to do a lot of laps today and now my brain is full of information after a very positive day. It was important for me to ride a lot to really assess the new parts in such ideal conditions. Immediately the updates gave a great feeling. I did a few laps on the bike I raced on Sunday to start with but on my first run on the new bike I was instantly faster and felt more comfortable in the areas where I have been struggling all season. I got a lot of feedback from the bike and I was clearly faster on the harder tyre, which was not easy for me during the race weekend. My feelings with the rear improved and the bike stops better on a full fuel tank, so I am really satisfied. I am closer to the top position too, which is another big plus for me. We will try some different settings tomorrow but already this new package makes me very excited and optimistic for 2014.”
Pol Espargaro 9th 1.31.836 – 72 laps:
“I’m really happy with the progress we made today and enthusiastic because I thought my first impressions on the bike would be worse, as it was the case when I changed from 125cc to Moto2. Fortunately I truly enjoy riding my new Yamaha YZR-M1. I know that the difficulties of improving my lap time will start soon but I think we have done a pretty good job so far. I was 1.3s faster than yesterday and that is just one second behind Jorge, who is my reference point as fastest Yamaha. Today I started to use different Bridgestone front and rear tyres to understand the behaviour of them and I used the full carbon brakes, which are so different from what I have used before. I hope it will not rain tomorrow, as I really would like to collect some more information with the bike before going into the winter break.”
Edwards and Espargaro test the Yamaha – FTR
After a first day in the pits working on the Yamaha – FTR Colin Edward and Aleix Espargaro have finally tested the Yamaha – FTR early this morning.
The Spanish rider was the first one to exit with the bike at 11am this morning to do the first test of the bike, he completed 18 laps and gave his first impressions of the bike. Espargaro is very happy with this first outing with the bike, he says the bike has exceeded his expectations at this early stage of its development.
Colin Edwards was able to complete 34 laps of to test the Yamaha – FTR. The American rider is happy to be back on a bike with a Yamaha engine and is very positive in his first impressions of the collaboration between Yamaha and FTR. Edwards and the team know that there is a work to be done before the first race of the season in Qatar but look forward to the winter testing period.
Colin Edwards – 5
“I am happy to be back on a Yamaha, it feels good, the bike is good. We are still building the bike with FTR, we have some initial comments from today: seating position, handlebar position these are some of the things that when you are building a bike you have to work on but feeling pretty good about it. The geometry of the bikes feels good, maybe a couple of tweaks here and there but I am happy with it. I definitely had issues with the electronics today, it is something that we spent all this year developing and didn’t get to use, you might ask yourself why. Obviously with Yamaha we have to take it one step at a time and they have a program that they want to put in, get some initial feedback into it, they know the bikes works good on that program, so we had to run that. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike and keep testing.”
Aleix Espargaro - 41
“I am happy; I did not expect the bike to be this good right from the start. I just did 17 laps today because we only have one bike and Colin used it in the afternoon, I will continue working tomorrow. The first impression is really good, the bike is working well, FTR did a really good job in just four weeks time so I am really happy. We have a lot to do in terms of the electronics and in other little things but it being the first day today out on the bike. To be the first day, I was able to push a few laps and it means we are doing things well.”
Sergio Verbena – MotoGP Technical Director
“Today we finally got the bike out on track and can say that the new project is well on its way. We focused on making verifications and checks of every single part of the bike to make sure that in terms of the engine and electronics the bike was as they should. The bike has responded really well, we still have to work on some areas and make improvements but the riders are very happy even if they were not focusing on the lap times. Both riders have very different riding styles, they have a different feeling with the way the electronics work but we are just getting started. We have to work and we have a few test before the season begins and we have to take full advantage of it to get to Qatar with the best possible performance.”