Press releases from the teams after Monday's test at Jerez:
Productive day of testing for Repsol Honda in Jerez
After another double podium in yesterday’s Spanish GP, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back on track today in Jerez, Andalucia for the first official post-race test of the season.
Both riders went out on track at 10:10am and set to work on their testing programmes planned by HRC. Yesterday’s race winner Marc spent the day focusing on the electronics, as well as testing a different rear suspension setting and completed a fastest lap of 1’38.737 on lap 28 of 55, placing him on 1st place for the day. Dani, who missed out on second place yesterday by just 0.098s, worked mainly on chassis geometry and set his fastest time on lap 44 of 51 with a time of 1’39.377.
The team will now pack up and make their way to Le Mans for the French GP in two weeks time.
1st - 1'38.737
“Today went rather well and we were able to draw some very positive conclusions. We didn't really have anything important to test out, but there were some things that you don't have time to look at over during a Grand Prix weekend; things like the electronics, the start strategy or some different setups. Despite feeling comfortable, we tested things out in order to have some ideas for the future. We tried a different rear suspension but in the end I went back to what we basically had used throughout the weekend. I felt most comfortable with it that way."
4th - 1'39.377
“We did a lot of suspension testing today and made some setup changes to the chassis. It was all to try and find a better balance that will allow us to perform better in races. In general we did some good testing today and made some progress, although now we have to go to Le Mans and confirm that the changes are positive. We will have to see if what we have found here adapts well to the different temperature and track layout there, because here it was very hot and it will be cold in France. We shall see if we can adapt and get the best performance out of the tyres."
BAUTISTA AND REDDING COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL POST-RACE TEST AT JEREZ
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding were back on track today testing at the Jerez circuit.
Alvaro Bautista spent the day evaluating some new brakes and suspension parts brought by Nissin and Showa, respectively. The test proved to be a positive one, considering that the Spaniard completed more than 70 laps, setting the fifth fastest time with 1’39”635, which improves his best lap time obtained in last Saturday’s Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.
His team-mate Scott Redding completed no less than 71 laps, setting in the latter part of the session a good 1’40”276, 12th fastest time of the day, which improves by 0.2 seconds his best qualifying time from the race weekend. An improvement due also to some set-up adjustments that gave good results in terms of traction. Finally, the 21-year-old Briton tried new Nissin braking parts.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (1'39"635 - 73 laps)
“It's been a tiring but positive test, during which we tried a lot of new parts. The new Nissin brakes parts allow me to be smoother during braking, especially in the first part, and this is undoubtedly positive to improve the stability of the bike, especially on light braking areas. Later, I tried a new Showa front fork and I loved the feeling that provides on corner entry: it gives me more confidence and I feel that I can push more the front end to make the bike turn; however, this leads to a small loss of rear stability, so we'll have to work to find a good compromise. We also had available some new solutions prepared by Showa for the rear suspension, but we weren’t able to improve traction. Anyway, in general all these new things will certainly be useful for the next races. I also want to thank the team, because despite being tired after a tough weekend they continued to do an excellent job today”.
SCOTT REDDING (1'40"276 - 71 laps)
“We struggled again with rear grip through the day, but we worked hard to find a solution and in the end we found something that was better, let me say, in 60% of the track. In some corners there was no difference, but in some others was better. So, this test was useful for us: we learned a lot, and we also tested some braking parts to be used later on in the season. Today it was quite hard to get up again and to be strong again, ready to ride, after a race, but overall I’m quite happy to have made this test”.
“Today was a very important day for the team: we had to try a lot of new parts relating to the braking and suspension systems, and together with Nissin and Showa we could work very hard, finding interesting solutions for the future. Both riders improved their fastest time achieved during the recent race weekend, and is undoubtedly a positive sign. This test will be very useful for the forthcoming races, starting with the French Grand Prix in two weeks time”.
BRADL RESUMES TEST ROUTINE AT JEREZ DESPITE ARM PUMP SYMPTOMS
Jerez, 5 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 in 10th position after the unexpected problem on his right arm. Bradl ended up sixth (1’39.713) putting in 70 laps working on suspension, geometry and electronics to improve corner entry. Bradl will visit a specialist in Germany tomorrow to examine his physical conditions.
Stefan: “Today was a very intense day for us. We worked on various aspects of the set-up continuing the adjustment of the geometry that we started during the race weekend. It worked good because we lapped with acceptable lap times and then we focused on the electronic. From one side we tried the fuel management to save as much fuel as possible and the engine mapping for the engine power delivery. The right arm started to ache a bit but I could complete my TO DO list anyway. I have fixed a medical check tomorrow in Germany and hope to solve this problem quickly”.
Optimism high for teams home round in Le Mans
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team embarked on a thorough test today at the hot and sunny Jerez circuit and achieved confidence-boosting results for both Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.
Pol Espargaro completed a highly constructive post race test to finish in 7th position. He completed 68 laps around the 4332 circuit, highlighting his eagerness to continue learning during his rookie year in the premier class. The 22-year-old Spaniard concentrated on front stability and the handling of the front tyres with his Yamaha YZR-M1, with positive steps being made in the right direction. A best time of 1.39,780 was posted by the reigning Moto2 World Champion to leave him in 7th position, as he heads confidently to the Tech3 team's homecoming Grand Prix in Le Mans.
Bradley Smith made a complete and in-depth test to several key sections of his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike and achieved encouraging results. The young British rider spent the morning session focusing on the electronics, before switching over to study chassis modifications. A small fall at lunchtime did not knock the British rider's relentless and rigid testing determination, as he walked away uninjured. The 23-year-old rider finished the test with a best time of 1.39,840 to leave him in 9th position, just two tenths of a second away from the top 5,which will be his aim for the Le Mans Grand Prix.
Pol Espargaro Pol Espargaro
Position : 7th
Time : 1.39.780
"I'm really pleased with the work we've done today because after the race I was doubting some of the decisions we had taken yesterday, and luckily this test day gave us the opportunity to evaluate the modifications we wanted to try, including the other tyre option we didn't race on. As a result, I would say we made a couple of mistakes during the weekend, but this can happen when you are inexperienced, the important thing is we cleared our doubts and put ourselves in a much better position for the upcoming races. Today I've been able to ride with a much better rhythm. We improved my feeling with the front end of the bike and also on new tyres with the full fuel load, and I feel altogether more comfortable. Now I'm looking forward to the all-important team's home race in Le Mans where I'm really confident I can put on a great show for the French fans after today's improvements, especially considering that we've already been quite close to 5th during the race yesterday."
Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
Position : 9th
Time : 1.39.840
"I was very keen to test at Jerez today as I wanted to try and improve on what we had started in the Friday practice sessions which helped me during the race. Overall I am pleased with what we achieved. The team and I tested a lot of different modifications, and collected a large amount of data with some changes working better than others, leaving us with a clear idea of where we can head towards next in terms of setup direction. We worked a lot on electronics this morning, where we definitely found something positive, and this afternoon on the chassis settings, which I feel we need to work on a little more and also focused on the engine management of the Yamaha. I am happy and confident that we will have a very competitive bike for the Tech3 Team's home race in Le Mans where I am sure we score a positive result."
HIROSHI AOYAMA COMPLETES SATISFACTORY DAY OF TESTING AT JEREZ
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider matches times from race weekend and improves pace, whilst teammate Nicky Hayden sits out test with wrist trouble
Yesterday the Spanish Grand Prix rounded off a busy two weeks of World Championship events, with back to back races in Argentina and at Jerez. In a final effort from the MotoGP riders, today saw a day of testing in Spain. The level of competition in the premier class is such that any time on track is useful to test new things and gather data. The single-day test is the first post-race runout of the season, with each outing coming directly after a Grand Prix. The next will be at the Circuit de Catalunya, followed by Brno. The Jerez track was open from 10am through to 6pm, with testing uninterrupted by the fantastic weather and only paused by a small crash for Andrea Iannone after midday.
It was a perfect day for Hiroshi Aoyama, who tested out several pending setups. The Japanese DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider went out early, with the intention of trying various chassis modifications, changes in seating position and suspension settings to allow greater speed and consistency when cornering. The day was very positive for him, as he matched his best time from the weekend and set a faster pace –even with used tyres. He concluded his day of testing at 3pm.
Teammate Nicky Hayden decided not to go out on track today, due to the swollen right wrist that has plagued him since Saturday night. The American was operated on during the winter, recovering normally and not suffering during the preseason or start of the championship. On his return home he will undergo a checkup to look at the wrist issue, and he hopes to find the cause of the swelling ahead of the next round in France.
Nicky Hayden: "I went to the Clinica Mobile this morning and the doctors advised me not to ride the bike today. I don’t know why, but since Saturday night I have had swelling and discomfort with my wrist. This winter I had my wrist operated and I recovered well, had strength in my hand and everything seemed normal. It seems that it is nothing serious, and although yesterday I suffered a lot during the race, at least I could finish. When I return home I will head to the hospital for further tests to find out why I have a swollen wrist. With the French GP coming up in ten days I think it was the right thing to do to rest today, so that the situation does not worsen. We had no specific material to test, just some setups. We wanted to take the opportunity to try things that we don’t have time to look at during a Grand Prix. It would have been nice to ride a little and gather data, but we took the wisest decision. We’ll wait until Le Mans, where I hope to continue improving. I think last weekend we took a step forward, and our race pace after the first lap was similar to Dovizioso’s. The objective is to continue growing and get even closer to the riders ahead of us."
Hiroshi Aoyama: "Today we used our time to try to improve things we cannot experiment with during race weekends. We also continued to test things we discovered during the past weekend and liked. Basically, we tried to improve our cornering speed, played around with various geometry and suspension options. This afternoon we saw several improvements thanks to our work, so we're happy with that. Also, considering the heat on track, our lap times were very positive. This test has been very productive for us, we found improvements that will help us at the next few races."
Corsi tests the Forward Yamaha at Jerez
After the Spanish GP, the NGM Forward Racing team is back to work at Jerez de la Frontera for one day of test organized for the MotoGP riders.
Aleix Espargaro worked on the development of his Forward Yamaha, focusing on the electronics and bike set up. During the day he used both machines but dedicated a special attention to the second one that he hadn’t used since the Qatar GP. In total the Spaniard completed 41 laps with his best lap time of 1’39.797.
It was a special day for NGM Forward Racing Moto2 rider Simone Corsi who made his debut on board of a MotoGP machine. Simone used Colin Edwards’ bike and he used at the best the test day to take confidence with the new machine. The Italian completed 45 laps, setting a best lap time of 1’42.333.
“It was a very positive day of work. We worked on the electronics in preparation of the next races. We collected important data and I’m satisfied. In the afternoon I worked on the set up of the second machine as I hadn’t use it since Qatar Qualifying session.”
“Today I had the great opportunity to test the MotoGP Machine and it was an incredible experience. I completed 45 laps to get confidence with the Forward Yamaha and I’m satisfied. There are so many differences with the Moto2 in terms of power, acceleration and electronics. The MotoGP is very physically demanding, so I preferred to concentrate all the work in the morning. I’d like to thank the team for this opportunity.”