Press releases from the teams after the MotoGP test at Barcelona:
Repsol Honda complete Catalunya weekend with Monday test
After yesterday’s fantastic race, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back on track today for the Official Post-Race Test.
Marc worked on electronics and mapping settings and tested a new Öhlins fork and the new front Bridgestone tyre, confirming the tyre felt safer and provided better feedback than the current one. This morning he tested the proposed new circuit layout which uses the tighter F1 corner at the end of the back straight as a possible safety change and agreed it would be better as riders are not so close to the wall. Dani’s test programme also included the new front tyre, front fork and mapping settings. He reported positively on the new tyre – even though he tried it when the track temperature was at it’s lowest – but unfortunately it seems it won’t be available until Sepang.
Marc was fastest for the day with his lap of 1’41.184 (just 0.049 off his qualifying time from Saturday) on lap 45 of 46. Dani finished the day seventh with a time of 1’41.969 on lap 18 of 61.
1st - 1’41.184
"Today we carried out a lot of testing: from the electronics, to the bike setup, to a bit of suspension work. I have to say, I felt very comfortable - even more so than during the Grand Prix weekend. There were also a few things that didn't completely work out, or that we weren't expecting, but this is also useful for us when it comes to picking up ideas and directions to go in for the future. Now we have to get ready for the next race in Assen"
7th - 1’41.969
"Today we tested two different front forks and we also worked on the electronics setup and on a new front tyre compound. The tyre gave us good results and could be positive for us at some rounds this year, in conditions similar to yesterday's Grand Prix, as it’s not too soft, nor too hard. The overall verdict of the day is positive, although we had already made the step forward between Mugello and Barcelona. Bearing in mind the new parts that could be tested out, we have managed to find a good feeling"
BRADL SET THE 5th LAP TIME AT CATALUNYA CIRCUIT TEST
Montmeló, 16 June: today the MotoGP grid reunited at the Catalan race track for a testing day after yesterday’s exciting Grand Prix. Cooler temperature welcomed the field (23 riders) which tested from 10am till 6pm and current championship leader M. Marquez topped the time sheet with a 1’41.184. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who had a sterling ride to fifth yesterday, climbed aboard his RC213V to complete 58 laps setting the 5th quickest time with a 1’41.655 (0.471s off the pace leader).
Stefan: “Riding the bike today was less demanding as the temperature was cooler. We had a productive test day evaluating different aspects of the bike set-up: we mainly worked on the electronic to improve the traction control out of the corners especially in hot conditions like yesterday’s race. We looked for more rear grip and we also tested the new Bridgestone front tyre which is very good. In general we wanted to reconfirm our package for the future with some small adjustments”.
Stunning test performance sees both Tech3 riders in top 4
Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro undertook a detailed test programme to both finish inside the top 4 today at the Catalunya circuit and achieved highly confidence boosting results for future MotoGP races.
Bradley Smith performed a colossal 75 laps around the 4727 metre Catalunya circuit to clearly illustrate his competitive intentions for the rest of the season by snaring a superb 2nd place. The British rider meticulously investigated various aspects of his Yamaha YZR-M1 and devoted his testing time to thoroughly explore suspension, geometry as well as engine braking settings during the test. Smith completed the session with an impressive time of 1.41,224 set on lap 74 which left him a blink of an eye behind the leading bike of Marc Marquez with a gap of only 0.040. Additionally his lap was quicker than his qualifying time by almost three tenths of a second. The 23-year-old rider's rigid test programme which concluded positively, allowed him and his Monster Yamaha Tech3 to obtain valuable information as well as set him in a good light for the next GP at Assen where he intends to confidently battle for a 5th placed finish.
Furthermore, Pol Espargaro completed the test day in a superb 4th position. The Spaniard embarked on testing various aspects of his Yamaha YZR-M1 as he proceeded to further strengthen his knowledge during his impressive rookie season. He set about thoroughly testing electronics, traction control and engine braking as well as experimenting with the setting of the bike in order to improve grip, specifically in fast corners and under hot conditions akin to those at the circuit today. The reigning Moto2 World Champion's tireless efforts saw him setting a best time of 1.41,640, set on lap 45 out of 60 which was quicker than his qualifying time by 0.037 of a second and only one tenth of a second behind multiple world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 3rd place. His successful day sees him poised to competitively compete at the top of his game for round 8 of the 2014 MotoGP world championship at the Iveco Daily Dutch TT.
Position : 2nd Time : 1.41,224 Laps : 75
Smith - Catalunya - 2014"All in all today's test was really positive, as we achieved everything we set out to as well as clarifying a few mysterious problems from yesterday. I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike today plus I did 75 laps with my fastest time at the end which was even quicker than what I was able to achieve in the GP. In general we tested a lot of different things such as geometry settings, electronics, engine braking plus a new tyre from Bridgestone so it was a busy but productive schedule. Our main focus of the day was to improve braking stability and the engine-braking situation, we certainly achieved both of these factors. For me to be able to do a 41.2 lap time is really encouraging and I am definitely happy with the results. Now, I am looking forward to going to Assen to see how this new information we have gathered can be of benefit."
Position : 4th
Time : 1.41,640
Laps : 60
Espargaro - Catalunya - 2014"I am very pleased with what we have accomplished today. At the first test in Jerez in May we made some really good improvements that have clearly helped me to understand my Yamaha in a better way and I am convinced that we can safely say the same here. After a tricky weekend the team and I tested a lot of different settings on the bike which will be very interesting for the future races plus the lap times and the rhythm were very positive. The Yamaha felt great and the team worked really hard as always so we have definitely made a step forward in the areas which we were working on and for sure we have improved the bike a lot when compared to yesterday. On a Monday, it's a bit late to say but the lack of experience in setting up the bike seems to be my biggest struggle at the moment and I am sure it is the reason for our performance this weekend. However, I now look forward to the next race at Assen as I am keen to see the value of the testing results."
Movistar Yamaha Complete Successful IRTA Test in Catalunya
Montmelò Circuit (Spain), 16th June 2014
Fresh from yesterday’s GP Monster Energy de Catalunya, the Movistar Yamaha riders were back on track today to complete a test at the Montmelò circuit.
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took time to test a new Akrapovic exhaust and a new Bridgestone hard front tyre for use in Sepang. There was also an opportunity to test a new engine spec for 2015 M1 and work on some small set up changes to overcome acceleration issues suffered by Jorge in yesterday’s race.
The team will now move to Aragon for a further one day private test on Wednesday.
99 Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / 1'41.515 / 67 laps
“I expected to stay more tired because we had three days of riding, but I didn’t feel it today and I was able to make a lot of runs of more than six laps. We’ve tried some things to make the bike more stable on the throttle and to pick up the bike a little earlier we were able to improve it and make quite big steps so I’m happy as it’s not so easy to find some really important things in a test. We tried a front tyre, the feeling is a little better, even if we are just going to use it in Sepang, it’s better for stopping.”
46 Valentino Rossi
10th / 1'42.174 / 58 laps
“We had some interesting stuff to try, some different exhausts for during the season and also we worked for next season. We had a different engine to try for 2015 and then after something to try for Bridgestone, a front tyre which was an important test. It was ok, I felt good with the bike and we found something new. Now we have to continue like this.”
“Both Jorge and Vale have worked hard today on their fourth consecutive day of riding and it has been a successful first test of the week. The schedule went well and we were able to test and compare all the required materials for the day. The most important items were one exhaust and an engine spec for the 2015 M1. We will make a final comparison of the exhaust in Aragon on Wednesday to make a final decision. If the result is positive we will start to use the exhaust from Assen.”
Ducati Team hard at work again in IRTA tests at Montmeló
Less than twenty-four hours after the seventh round of the 2014 world championship, the Catalunya GP held in Barcelona (Spain), the MotoGP teams returned to the track at the Montmeló circuit to take part in a one-day test organized by IRTA.
Both Ducati Team riders – Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow – were present, together with Test Team rider Michele Pirro. The day’s work revolved around set-up work and the new electronic software used during the race by Pirro, and today by the two Ducati Team men.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 11th, 1’42.379 (34 laps)
“Today we put the finishing touches to the base set-up, and worked on the electronics. We didn’t have any particularly new material to try, but it’s always important to do this sort of thing, because in a weekend you never have time to work calmly on the small details. It’s good to do a day’s testing, even though we didn’t do a lot of laps. We also tried the new Bridgestone tyre and the feeling is positive, even though there wasn’t much heat in the track surface.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 13th, 1’42.909 (67 laps)
“Today we had to confirm some settings from the race weekend. We improved them in a race condition, even though I didn’t set a fast time today, and I’m happier than what I was over the race weekend.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 15th, 1’43.305 (70 laps)
“I am quite tired because I did 70 laps on the regular track and 10 laps this morning with the F1 curve! We continued to work on the new software we used in the race, and I am happy with the results. We’ll continue to test here tomorrow and Wednesday, and I hope to be able to improve these strategies even more so that they can then be used by the factory riders in the next races.”
ONLY A FEW LAPS FOR BATTERED BAUTISTA AT BARCELONA POST-RACE TEST. REDDING HAPPY WITH PROGRESS
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding were back on track today at Circuit de Catalunya for the second official post-race test of the season.
Still feeling pain after Saturday crash, a battered Bautista was able to complete only 24 laps recording a best lap time of 1’42”542: the Spaniard spent the the morning testing a new Showa front fork, new brakes provided by Nissin and a new engine map.
His team-mate, Scott Redding, completed a productive day of testing setting his fastest time on lap 40 of 68 with a time of 1’43”294. The Briton worked mainly on chassis geometry with the aim to improve his confidence under braking and corner entry, and he also tested the new Open Class software provided by Magneti Marelli for this test.
The Team will be back in action in ten days time for the first free practice session of the Dutch TT at Assen.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (1'42"542 - 24 laps)
"Following Saturday crash, today I wasn’t feeling very good phisycally. Therefore, although we were able to complete some laps in the morning, we couldn’t test all the items we had planned. However, we tested some new materials for the braking system provided by Nissin, finding something interesting which can help us for the upcoming races; we also tested the bigger discs. Then I tested a new fron fork, but without finding improvements. In the end, I tried a different traction control mapping, to try to make it smoother, getting some valuable data for the future”.
SCOTT REDDING (1'43"294 - 68 laps)
“This test was really useful: we found some more traction, which was what we were looking for in the race weekend, so I’m really happy with that. We put in many laps and I think we made some important steps forward, so we are ready for Assen. The new Open software we tried today is not much different, but it has a few more things to play with which work really well, but overall I didn’t feel a big difference in the lap times. Anyway, it could be helpful on race distance”.
Productive day of testing for the NGM Forward Racing Team
The NGM Forward Racing Team was back on track today to carry out a full day of testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya track.
After the great 6th place scored yesterday in the home gp, Aleix Espargaro used at the best the testing session to test the new Forward chassis with a very positive feedback. In total he completed 40 laps, setting the 9th best lap time with 1’42.153.
Also team mate Colin Edwards continued to work on the chassis playing with the geometry and he tested some electronics updates supplied by Magneti Marelli. The Texan rider completed 35 laps (1’44.364).
“Today we continued working on the chassis set up, playing with the geometry and we tested the new software updates from Magneti Marelli. We also tested the new fuel tank. All in all it was a productive day of work. I was more comfortable with the bike and I look forward to race in Assen”.
“Today we tested the new chassis for the first time and the feeling was positive. I could already notice some improvements in some areas. Of course we will need to do more kilometres and also to work on the set up but the feeling was good. We also tested some electronics settings to improve the start but we didn’t get the expected results. Anyway we will keep on working and I look forward to race in Assen, one of my favourite tracks”.