2015 Jerez MotoGP Test Press Releases

Press releases from the teams after the post-race test at Jerez:


Marquez and Aoyama complete productive post-race test

Fresh from yesterday’s Spanish GP, Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Hiroshi Aoyama were back on track in Jerez today working on HRC’s testing programme.

Due to fatigue from his injury and in order to give him a chance to recover, Marc – who finished second yesterday – only tested for two hours but it was important to receive his feedback on the new swingarm HRC brought from Japan. Marc completed 31 laps with his best time 1’38.968 placing him 5th fastest.

Hiroshi, who unfortunately crashed out of the race badly brushing his shoulder, managed to complete some of his test schedule today. He also tried the new swingarm and then after lunch he worked on Öhlins suspension items and electronics. He managed 60 laps with a fastest time of 1’40.342.

The HRC engineers will now take this valuable feedback back to Japan to prepare ahead of the French GP in two week’s time.

Marc Marquez

5th 1’38.968 [lap 4 / 31]

"I'm happy with the work we have done today. I put in a few laps, as we planned last night, basically just to test out a swingarm. HRC engineers wanted us to analyse it to find out if we could use it in the coming races, to see where we can improve and which direction to continue working in. We have drawn some very positive conclusions that have allowed us to improve in some aspects today, and we have obtained a lot of information for further development with things that have been a little bit more difficult, for example corner entry.”

Hiroshi Aoyama

19th 1’40.342 [lap 28 / 60]

"It was a productive test even if my physical condition wasn’t 100%. This morning I still had some pain but it’s important to get back on the bike after having a big crash and get the feeling back. Today we tested some new parts including a different swing arm and some suspension. We found some positive things which I hope is useful for the engineers to take back to Japan and help Honda for the rest of the season."


Smith continues positive momentum at Jerez test

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Bradley Smith completed a successful and productive post race test at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain today by finishing in 6th position and accomplishing his test schedule. After battling to 8th in yesterday’s 27 lap race, the young British rider undertook an in depth test and focused on solving the issues that he was experiencing during the weekend as well as sampling new suspension forks and alternative electronic settings. The 23 year old rider finished the session under the Andalusian sun with a best time of 1’39.339 after completing a total of 41 laps around the 4.4 kilometre circuit which he set on his final lap of the day. After the positive test, Smith now looks optimistically towards the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France and is fully confident of challenging for the leading satellite rider position.

Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro concluded the Jerez test in 10th position as he undertook work on the electronics settings of his Yamaha YZR-M1 whilst intending to make further steps forward after his strong result of 5th in the MotoGP race yesterday. The young Spaniard got straight to work today and pushed hard to complete a total of 45 laps around the Circuito de Jerez. The 2014 MotoGP rookie of the year unfortunately fell at turn 7 in the morning but did not suffer any injuries. Nevertheless, he jumped straight back on the Yamaha and set his quickest time of 1’39.654 on his 6th lap. Despite this, Espargaro can confidently anticipate the next MotoGP rounds in Europe where he intends to clinch some further top results.

Bradley Smith

Position : 6th Time : 1'39.339 Laps : 41

"Overall, the test was very productive for us today. After the weekend that we had, we did a great job to fix the issues we were experiencing. The day started in a great way as we found the answer to solve 75% of our troubles straight away during our first run. Yet, at the same time, it’s a bit frustrating that we didn’t find this solution earlier in the week. However, that’s what technical meetings are for and we had a long one on Sunday night. It wasn’t until after the race that we thought about this specific idea and after having a look into the data, we put it straight on the bike and it worked. We were also able to try a new set of front suspension forks today which gave me a better feeling in the areas that I was struggling in and that caused me to fall in the practice sessions. All in all, it was a short test as we only did 41 laps, yet we accomplished everything that we set out to do, with electronics and suspension. Now, I look confidently towards the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s home race at Le Mans."

Pol Espargaro

Position : 10th Time : 1'39.654 Laps : 45

"On the whole, the outcome of today was positive and we have some new useful information that we can use in the future races. However, we were also a little bit unlucky because I fell on the second lap in the morning. It was a fast crash and honestly, we didn’t expect this to occur as we didn’t change any of the electronics from yesterday. We checked what happened on the data and the results are inconclusive as to what made me fall. Nevertheless, I am fine and not injured so there is not a major problem. Today we basically tested the electronic systems that we didn’t test in Malaysia because we didn’t have enough time during the opening tests of the season. We finally assessed them here and the outcome is positive. However, everything has been good this weekend, as we had a strong race and solid pace with the bike, so I am leaving Jerez satisfied and confident for the upcoming races."


Yamaha Successfully Completes Jerez Test

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi successfully concluded the one-day MotoGP test in Jerez today, finishing first and second in today‘s session times.

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 4th May 2015

After a brilliant race from Jorge Lorenzo yesterday, that saw him take the 55th victory of his career and teammate Valentino Rossi claim his 200th career podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returned to the Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera today for an official MotoGP test. Lorenzo and Rossi spent the extra track time usefully and were able to improve their set-ups to finish first and second in today‘s session times.

Still elated from his stunning victory, Lorenzo had every reason to smile today as it was also his 28th birthday. Despite the fact that he was focusing on improving the set up of his YZR-M1, it wasn‘t long after he hit the track that he moved into second place. He concluded his morning stint by topping the timesheets with a 1‘38.516 lap, which remained unbeaten for the rest of the day by all but himself.

During his afternoon outing he dropped another fastest time of 1‘38,508, which only his teammate got close to.

Rossi also made strides today. Similar to his teammate he steadily booked progress as he focused on improving his setting compared to yesterday. Though he was satisfied with his third place in the race, the Doctor is always looking for improvement and spent most of today‘s session testing small details of the set-up he hadn‘t been able to try during last weekend. He ended the day in second place with a fastest lap of 1‘38,550, 0,042s off his teammate‘s time.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will analyse the gained data in preparation for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, held at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit in two weeks time.

JORGE LORENZO

I‘m quite happy after scoring the first victory of the season for me and also because I turned 28 today. I could feel the heartwarming response from so many people. I‘m back in the groove and I returned to the podium, so now I hope to keep this momentum going in the coming races like Le Mans, Mugello and Montmeló. Today we tested as usual here in Jerez, but we were only focused on different set ups with the bike. We had nothing special to test, but we fixed the basis of the bike for the future. I think we found out how we can take profit of some adjustments, so we are quite confident for the next Grand Prix!

VALENTINO ROSSI

This testing day was positive. We didn‘t have many things to try, just some small detail of set up. We focused on improving the bike compared to yesterday and I am very happy because we could also improve the time we did in qualifying. I was happy with the podium in Jerez, it was a positive weekend, but we could have done better, so today we focused on the bike‘s set-up. We tried some solutions that we couldn‘t try during the race weekend. The results of these tests were interesting. In two weeks we will be at Le Mans and we have to do a good weekend. I like the track a lot, but first I need a few days off!

MASSIMO MEREGALLI

TEAM DIRECTOR

Today was a good day, especially after a good weekend for us. Jerez left us a good feeling with both riders and we are glad Jorge is back on form. Also Vale did a good job despite having a few little problems finding the perfect set up for the race yesterday. We were able to achieve a very valuable double podium, which is very important, also in terms of the constructor and team championships. Today we worked mainly on comparing different set-ups with both riders based on yesterday‘s results and also focusing on the next race. We‘re all looking forward to Le Mans!


MOTOGP TESTS AT JEREZ: THE SEAMLESS GEARBOX MAKES ITS DEBUT ON THE APRILIA RS-GP

Jerez, (Spain), 4 May 2015 – The day after the Jerez de la Frontera race, where Aprilia Racing Team Gresini continues improving with Alvaro Bautista's performance and the progress Marco Melandri made in the race, development on the RS-GP does not stop.

In the tests scheduled for today on the Andalusian track the seamless gearbox (continuous engagement), active in upshifting as well, made its début and was immediately appreciated by Bautista who was the first official rider to ride it onto the track.

The Italian team's entire season has been and will be characterised by continuous experimentation with technical solutions which serve both to improve the performance of the RS-GP and to provide data and information for the design of the prototype that will race in the 2016 season. For this the technical step today takes on particular importance and paves the way for the new gearbox's race début which could take place in one of the next European MotoGP rounds. The team also worked on new chassis solutions, particularly on a new frame and swingarm. The test results will now be processed at the Noale headquarters in order to prepare for the upcoming races.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

“Today was a very positive day. For the first time we put our seamless gearbox technology, a particular Aprilia solution, on the track with an official rider. Alvaro liked it very much and found a clear advantage straight away compared to the conventional gearbox. So it was a complete success which now means that we'll have to work hard to get it into a race as quickly as possible. Considering how things went today I think we'll be able to do that soon, within the next two or three races. I'd like to have it for Mugello or at the latest for Barcelona. Marco did his job, bringing in new chassis ideas, some we liked and some not so much, so we still have some work to do in that area. In short I would say that, between the race and the tests, we are finishing up this trip to Jerez pretty well.”

FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)

“Days like this are fundamental, especially for us as we are taking on a season where we need to learn and grow. They help us understand what steps to take in order to improve. In the end Alvaro also put in a good time with 1’39.766, but in these tests it is just as important to figure out which solutions to reject. Any new information is important, but to understand where to direct the technical advancements and to avoid going down paths that lead nowhere. Everything works together to make progress in the development of such an important project.”


Hard day of work for Bradl and Baz at Jerez

In the aftermath of the Spanish Grand Prix the riders of the Athinà Forward Racing team were able to take full advantage of a day of testing at the Andalusian circuit together with the other MotoGP teams.

After a difficult weekend, this was an opportunity for Bradl and Baz to test new solutions for the race in Le Mans. At the end of a weekend affected by lack of grip on the rear, both riders focused on the electronics and on the set-up to improve the feeling with the bike and be competitive again in France.

Bradl was the quickest in the Open class as he finished in 12th position with a time of 1.39.887. Sixteenth was Baz with 73 laps and a personal best of 1.40.101.

Stefan Bradl

"Despite my condition is not yet at 100%, I’m already happy to be back on track. It was a tough weekend and it was important to go back to work and further develop the bike. We focused on the electronics and set-up. I am satisfied. We go to Le Mans convinced that we can fight with the other Open for the lead. "

Loris Baz

"I am very happy with the work done today. Over the weekend we struggled to find rear grip and today we focused on it to get ready for Le Mans. We tried several new solutions and the feeling is getting better. "


CRUTCHLOW COMPLETES KEY TEST SESSION AT JEREZ

Just a day after securing a second consecutive top-four result in the Spanish GP, Cal Crutchlow and the CWM LCR Honda Team continued their work at the Jerez circuit on Monday by completing a full day’s testing with the Honda RC213V.

The British rider was second Honda across the line in Sunday’s race, and in the continued absence of Dani Pedrosa from the factory line-up, Crutchlow took on extra testing duties by helping the manufacturer assess a new swing-arm for the MotoGP machine.

Crutchlow and the team also worked on his electronics package, eventually completing a total of 64 laps, with a best time of 1’38.822 making him the fastest Honda on the day, and third fastest rider overall.

Cal Crutchlow #35

“We tested a lot today – we had a few things to go through. We didn't need to do so many laps though, I think it was over 60 fast laps and I was happy with that, we didn’t see the point in doing 100 laps if they weren’t fast!”

“We went a lot faster than during the race yesterday, but that’s always the case. If we had the race today I think we’d have been a bit faster over the race distance after going through the settings we needed to.”

“We’ve been struggling with rear grip, and also with initial braking too – compared to Marc Marquez anyway and his style is different so it’s hard to compare too much. He’s actually also had the rear grip problems too, so we both tested a new swing-arm and took some positives from that. It was good for Honda that they got some information from another rider that’s competitive, and it’s nice for me to be able to do that test for them.”


MORE MILES FOR MILLER AT JEREZ TEST

After a disappointing Spanish GP on Sunday, Jack Miller and his CWM LCR Honda Team joined the rest of the MotoGP field in a full day’s testing at the Jerez circuit, to try and solve some of the problems they encountered during the race there.

The Australian put in 64 solid laps of the Andalusian track, eventually finishing with the 17th quickest time of the day. His best of 1’40.248 was faster than the lap Miller had put in during qualifying on Saturday, and half a second quicker than his best race lap.

Satisfied with the work they have put in, Miller and the rest of the CWM LCR Honda Team now move on to the Le Mans circuit in France for the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Jack Miller #43 (17th – 1’40.248)

“I’m reasonably happy with today, there’s always a lot of work to do during testing. We’ve come up with a decent set-up, one with which we could ride consistently at our fastest lap time of the weekend. That’s a real bonus because as well as the team learning a lot, I also did.”

“We can think of this test as being positive and we will take a lot from it. I now feel a lot more ready to travel to Le Mans than if we had just packed up and left after Sunday’s race. It’s definitely been a good test all round.”


Positive Jerez test for Redding

Jerez, Spain – 4 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding completed 105 laps of the Jerez circuit during today’s MotoGP test, which he declared a positive one after improving both his pace and consistency compared to yesterday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Redding was out as soon as the track opened this morning, putting in two long runs using the same settings with which he finished the race yesterday. A better feeling with the front meant that the 22-year-old Briton rediscovered the confidence that was lacking this weekend and he gained even more confidence as his lap time continued to improve.

The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider also made some changes to his positioning on the bike, giving him the freedom to more easily move his bodyweight to counter both braking and acceleration forces. The result was that Redding’s typically aggressive riding style was smoothed out, which led to more consistency in his lap times.

Redding now heads to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix in a positive frame of mind, having eliminated most of the issues that had plagued him throughout the Jerez race weekend.

Scott Redding: 8th – 1’39.370

“It’s been a long test, but a good one! Testing is always tough straight after a race weekend, but we kicked off with two runs of ten laps, because I needed to rediscover the feeling with the bike. Straight out of the box it was better; especially the front. We didn’t change so much today, only my position on the bike really, but it made a difference. I was able to move around the bike more easily and load the front tyre and it’s all about loading the front tyre. Go hard into the turn and it’s all good, but go slow and you don’t make the corner. It’s all a bit back to front, but that’s what test days are for, finding these things out. Overall it’s been a positive test and I leave the circuit tonight much happier than I left it yesterday.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“After the disappointment of the weekend, today has been far more positive. Scott has done a good job here today. We basically changed very little on the bike, so the improvement has come from him. He’s faster than in the race yesterday, yes, but more importantly he’s also more consistent with his lap times, with none of the peaks and troughs we’ve seen previously. He’s worked to adapt his riding style, to rider smoother, and that has also had a positive result. Scott learnt a lot today, about himself and about the bike and he heads into the next race in France in a far more positive frame of mind than he was immediately after the race yesterday.”


SUZUKI ECSTAR MOVE FORWARD IN JEREZ TEST

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 4.

Following a positive race for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR yesterday at Jerez, the MotoGP™ riders stayed on in Andalucia for a day of testing in a bid to make steps forward.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR used the day to continue the development-process of its GSX-RRs, following a pre-determined plan and reacting to the information collected in the last three-days of the race weekend.

The main objectives were to verify improvements made on the chatter issues and to look for better traction; the latest ideas being pursued with updated electronics, but also with a new swingarm and variations in machine geometry.

Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales made a number of runs, recording a total of 63 and 79 laps respectively.

Aleix Espargaro:

“It’s been a good day of testing. We worked to improve traction and to better -understand both the positives and negatives of what we have tested. Today said to me that probably a hard front tyre would have been better in yesterday’s race, but the other thing is that we improved a lot the feeling with the traction of the bike. We tested both a different swingarm and electronics software, finally collecting a lot of information on what works best and what is worse. At this point I feel that we have a very competitive package, it’s not a matter of pure power any more but to exploit better what we have available. With my engineers we worked on some new ideas and finally we found some very interesting paths to follow for the future.”

Maverick Viñales:

“We ran a lot of laps today with the objective of testing as much as we could. To me the new swingarm resulted to have positives and negatives so it gave us a lot of ideas as to what else we can try. We had available some new electronics and we managed to be consistent on a pace that was much faster than yesterday in the race. The very good thing gleaned from the day is that we tested some new ideas in geometry and they gave us very positive improvements in braking: I feel much more confident in getting more into the corner with brakes than before. This is much more important for tracks like Le Mans with very slow corners, which is the next race.”


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