Press releases after the second day of the tire test at Phillip Island:
Constructive second day in Phillip Island for Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa has completed an active second day in the Bridgestone tyre test in Phillip Island, finishing second with a time of 1’29.381 recorded on lap 20 of 58. With fantastic weather conditions, Dani was able to fulfil Bridgestone’s plan including a long run of 20 laps which he reported positively on, even though he hit a bird in the process.
The three-day test will conclude tomorrow, when rain is expected to hit the Australian circuit, and signals an end to Winter testing for the Factory teams.
2nd - 1'29.381
“Today we tried two more tyres with a different construction - but with the same compound - and the feeling was not great with them. In any case, we picked the best of what we have tried over the past two days and put in 20 laps with those tyres. That experiment worked rather well, but it's really Bridgestone who have to analyse the data and give us their feedback for us to work with tomorrow”
MAPFRE ASPAR PAIR CONTINUE TIRELESS TYRE TESTS
Nico Terol and Jordi Torres assess eight different rubbers between them and improve lap times from day one
Five MotoGP riders and four Moto2 riders were back on track at Phillip Island for the second of three days of tyre tests on behalf of Bridgestone and Dunlop respectively. A perfectly still day with ambient temperatures around thirty degrees and track temperatures in the fifties made for tough but good conditions for testing, with the Australian track surface once again proving to be abrasive and difficult to manage. There are still many questions to be answered before the teams return here to race in October but the fastest man on track once again today was Jorge Lorenzo, with a similar lap time to yesterday.
The MAPFRE Aspar Team continued with its brief of tyre testing today, with Nico Terol assessing three different compounds and his team-mate Jordi Torres weighing up a further five for Dunlop. Both riders benefitted from new engines in their respective machines today and made some slight set-up alterations as they improved both their feeling and lap times. Torres completed a full race simulation in the afternoon, which will have proved invaluable to Dunlop as the tyre performance was not as expected.
Nico Terol 1.33.014 (62 laps): “We started the day really well, using the new engine, which allowed us to set some fast times and maintain a consistent rhythm. In the afternoon I continued to build confidence and even though we are still some way off the really fast times being set by Rabat we will get there through patience and hard work. We are doing a great job and I am sure the results will show it soon. We focused on tyre testing again today, with three different compounds, and also made some slight alterations to the rear-end set-up, specifically the stiffness of the rear shock.”
Jordi Torres 1.33.160 (65 laps): “We put the new engine in yesterday afternoon and spent all day with it today. I could immediately tell the difference. We tried five different tyres over the course of the day and late in the afternoon we did a race run on a tyre that Dunlop recommended. We were planning to leave it until tomorrow but with the weather forecast suggesting rain we thought it better to get it done just in case. The tyre didn't respond as we hoped and even though it stayed consistent the lap times were not quick enough. After spending all day working on tyres today we will revert our attention to chassis set-up tomorrow."
Lorenzo stays on top as Australian test continues
Two-time premier class World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reduced the leading lap time as the Phillip Island tyre test continued on Tuesday. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider headed Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Tito Rabat set a blistering place in Moto2™
Two-time premier class World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reduced the leading lap time as the Phillip Island tyre test continued on Tuesday. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider headed Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Tito Rabat set a blistering place in Moto2™.
This week’s three-day test follows the Australian Grand Prix of 2013, at which both Bridgestone and Dunlop were caught out by the greater average speeds on the new Phillip Island track surface.
Maintaining the top spot he had already held on Monday, when he stated he was far happier with the 2014 rubber, Lorenzo this time reduced his best effort to 1’29.133. This was two and a half tenths of a second quicker than Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa, with Ducati Team’s Dovizioso making it three different manufacturers in the top three places while Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow occupied fourth and fifth positions. However, this test is focused more on the sampling of new tyre constructions and compounds as opposed to rapid lap times.
Lorenzo could be seen lapping the track with a black carbon fairing on his Yamaha M1, significantly smaller in size but featuring a larger air intake in order to cope with the typically breezy conditions on an otherwise brilliant day for weather at the coastal venue. With Australia currently enjoying its summer, track temperatures in the region of 50 degrees Celsius are much higher than they will be for October’s Grand Prix, although this does not prevent Bridgestone from extracting plenty of data regarding tyre durability.
With a threat of rain forecast for Wednesday, MotoGP™ race simulations had been predicted on Tuesday, but ultimately the longest runs were of 14 laps apiece.
Characteristically for a day of testing, there were red flag stoppages. One was for Moto2™ rider Nico Terol, who crashed at the MG Hairpin but escaped injury. There was a more unusual, brief stoppage just after half past 12 when a small flock of geese made an unexpected arrival on the circuit and were quickly hurried away by marshals.
In the Moto2™ ranks, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat was on fire as he posted a lap time more than four tenths of a second quicker than title winner Pol Espargaro’s pole position time of last year: 1’32.168. The Spaniard, who was also an impressive third quickest overall for corner speed in the second sector of the lap and posted a rather staggering total of 101 laps, led team-mate Mika Kallio (still in pain with his wrist following a highside at Siberia on Day 1). Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 pairing Nico Terol and Jordi Torres were next up, as Dunlop evaluated nine new rear specification tyres with its Moto2™ runners; the aim is to have selected two by the end of the test.
One day remains in this week’s tyre test. Bridgestone has already confirmed that it has effectively narrowed its options down to three choices of tyre, with two of those looking most likely to be continued in development. While this test may not necessarily decide the specific compounds the Japanese company runs in this year’s Phillip Island race, it will provide sufficient data to produce the best possible tyres.
Testing will continue on Wednesday, with action on the third and final day of the week taking place between 9:30am and 5:30pm local time (GMT +11).