Press releases from the teams after the Monday test at Jerez:
Zarco tops the testing time sheets in Jerez - Syahrin sits out
Just one day after his fantastic second place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, Johann Zarco was back on track today to go through some different settings aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1. Following some intense working hours and 63 laps at the Jerez Circuit, the French star concluded the official test superbly in first position and was even 0.226 seconds faster than during Qualifying last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahrin decided, together with his experienced Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew, to skip the test in order to fully recover after struggling the entire weekend with pain from a bicycle accident. However, the Malaysian rookie used his time perfectly to gain more MotoGP experience.
Position: 1st - Time: 1’37.730 - Laps: 63
“The test today was good for me and I’m pretty happy that I was that fast. All the weekend in Jerez I was feeling good, so the target was to keep trying things with the setup and keep enjoying riding the bike. I think I understood many things during the race. Anyway, the target was to find more grip and use the bike well and at the moment it’s going quite good. I didn’t try any new parts, because I wanted to keep my work simple, so we were just working and trying things personally to improve ourselves. I did the 1’37.7 in the afternoon, which means the new tyre from Michelin was working well. You never have the same mind like in Qualifying, so I’m very happy, because I’m faster than Saturday.”
Did not test
“Although I feel better today, we decided to skip the test in order to give my body some rest. Anyway, I used this day quite good, I went out on track to watch, I tried to learn a bit more about the electronic on the computer with my crew chief, we went through this weekend again, because I tried to understand everything to be able to make a really big step in Le Mans. The French Grand Prix is very important, it’s the home race for my team and I want to deliver a great weekend there.”
CRUTCHLOW ON THE PACE AGAIN AT JEREZ TEST
PRESS RELEASE: 07 May 2018 | Jerez Test Session
LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow was back out on the track at Jerez on Monday with the majority of the MotoGP field for a day of official testing. The Briton endured a frustrating end to what had been a hugely promising weekend on Sunday as he was forced to retire from Spanish Grand Prix having started the race from pole position.
Crutchlow spent the day trying to address the rear grip issues that had undermined his hopes in Sunday's race. The 32-year-old again demonstrated the pace he had spectacularly showcased during qualifying as he posted the second fastest time of the day by the end of his testing schedule. Although understandably still disappointed by Sunday's result, Crutchlow is satisfied with the way his team continue to work ahead of the next round in France.
Cal Crutchlow – 2nd
(1’37.947 – lap 57 of 67)
"Today was a positive day, as you could see by the times we underlined our speed over the weekend, but it doesn't make yesterday any easier to accept. But we worked again in a positive way and I felt good with the bike. We still need to find some rear grip compared to our competitors, because eventually we end up overheating the front tyre because there isn't enough rear grip. That's the situation, but we're pleased with the way the team worked and Honda have done a good job as well to assess our situation and try to help us a little. We'll go to the next race in Le Mans in a positive frame of mind."
Marquez and Pedrosa complete productive post-race test
Fresh from yesterday’s masterful win, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was back on track in Jerez today for a one-day post-race test. Fortunately, teammate Dani Pedrosa, who had bruised his right leg crashing out of the race, was also able to complete his test schedule.
Dani managed 75 laps with a fastest time of 1’37.980” to finish third fastest for the day. Marc wrapped up his day earlier, having completed 62 laps, his best time of 1’38.232” placing him fifth fastest. Both riders collected valuable feedback to prepare ahead of the French GP in two weeks’ time.
3rd 1'37.980 (on lap 68 of 75)
“I’m very happy with the work we did on the bike today. This morning I felt quite sore and stiff on my right side, but lap-by-lap I improved my feeling and I’m very happy I was able to complete this day of testing. We worked on the electronics and aerodynamics, along with the rest, and over the course of the day we improved our feeling, confidence, and rhythm, finding many positives while working on the bike and with the new items we tested. The team did a very good job.”
5th 1'38.232 (on lap 21 of 62)
“It was a good day of testing. We didn’t do so many laps, but we completed the schedule we had planned, working mainly on the aerodynamic package. We found some positives, but we need some additional confirmations at a different circuit because we’ll only have the chance to homologate one more fairing this season. All in all, I had a good feeling on the bike, as I did yesterday.”
Movistar Yamaha Improve Feeling at One-Day Jerez Test
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team spent an extra day in Jerez today, after yesterday's Gran Premio de España, to take part in a one-day Official IRTA Test. Maverick Viñales was the 4th fastest rider, whilst Valentino Rossi wrapped up the testing session in 10th position.
After a difficult race weekend, the teammates returned to the track after 11AM to evaluate various settings and testing items.
Viñales briefly topped the rankings with his fastest time of the day - a 1'38.139s, set on lap 19 - before he took the opportunity to assess various settings. He ended a full day of testing in fourth place, 0.409s from the top of the timesheets, and completed 64 laps in total. He looks forward to putting the new data to use at the next Grand Prix of France, held in two weeks' time.
Teammate Rossi was also motivated to get back to work at the Jerez track, where he completed his 40,075th km of Grand Prix racing (the equivalent of a lap around the world) on lap 15 during yesterday's race. He put his vast experience to good use today when he compared solutions for his YZR-M1 and tried some new Michelin tyres. He rode 69 laps and took tenth place in the timesheets with a best lap time of 1'38.673s, 0.943s from the fastest rider.
Position: 4th - Time: 1'38.139 - Laps: 64
"Monday tests are always positive for us, but we need to be strong on Sundays. We have to see in the next few days if we can improve further. Today I enjoyed riding the bike again, but we still have work to do. I finally found a good rhythm, it was nothing special, but a good consistent rhythm all the same. I think the track was much better today, more grippy, especially in the morning. At the next test in Mugello we'll try to get more answers."
Position: 10th - Time: 1'38.673 - Laps: 69
"We had a lot of things to do and it was a good test. We tried some different solutions, some were better, some less so, but it was important and we improved a bit. For me, at the next test we'll have something more important to try. The new Michelin tyres are very good, they improved a lot, they gave a lot more grip and you can go faster, so they gave a good feeling."
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director
"Our main objective for us today was to find a solution to the problems we faced during the weekend. Unfortunately the weather conditions weren't quite as hot and sunny as they were yesterday, but we were still able to successfully compare set-ups by doing back-to-back runs. We also tried some new testing items and it was positive that we noticed a benefit. Now we'll leave the last few days behind us. The new data has lifted the team's mood, and from here we'll fully focus on the future as we prepare for the next Grand Prix in Le Mans."
Spanish MotoGP week finishes with beneficial two day test for Red Bull KTM team at Jerez
MotoGP IRTA & Private Test 2018 – Circuito de Jerez (ESP)
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing completed a demanding week at the Circuito de Jerez with a productive test session on Monday and Tuesday directly after the Gran Premio Red Bull de España where the KTM RC16 posted its first top ten finish of the 2018 MotoGP season.
In warm and pleasant conditions in the wake of the fourth round of nineteen in Southern Spain, the test crew helmed by Mika Kallio were joined by Grand Prix riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith as the trio completed yet more laps around the short and narrow layout.
Both Espargaro and Smith tried the updated version of the KTM RC16 that Kallio used to claim tenth position in the 25-lap race on Sunday. The Fin continued his work on evolving the future incarnation of the MotoGP machine as well as assisting the Grand Prix squad with a view towards the Grand Prix de France at Le Mans on May 19-20.
Espargaro: "It has been a good week. Even if the result was not that great in the race we have worked hard and have kept positive. After the two day test I am quite impressed and happy by the improvements coming for the future. The best is yet to come but we are also improving with our current racebike and we tried a lot of stuff and recorded a lot of info. I’m happy with it. We keep learning about this bike; we are working like crazy and one day I am sure we’ll be in the top ten regularly.”
Smith: “We made some definite progress during the GP in a few areas and that helped towards the better result. The test was then about trying to build on that and my weaker areas. We worked through a lot of different parts like chassis and swingingarm to the new development bike for the future and to give some input on suspension and ideas to help gain an advantage. We have a good understanding of our situation after riding three bikes. We have everything very clear and that we are not missing anything – even if that means mixing some of the three. I go to Le Mans happy with our progress. It is a track with some very hard braking points and in cold conditions it is important to warm-up the tyre. We’ve been working a bit on that today. We finish our work here happy and in better shape for the French GP.”
Kallio: “We’re satisfied; both with the race weekend and the way the whole team was able to work and from our side to adjust to a more hectic timetable. Everything went well: no mistakes and my riding was on a good level. For the two-day test we wanted to look at different swingarms and despite some difficulties we were able to make enough laps to work out the direction we want to follow to create more mechanical grip. We had a couple of requests to test for the race team, so we worked through those and found a better setting than the one used at the weekend. It has been a hard five days of riding and hard work for the mechanics also. So we’ll have a short break and continue again in Barcelona. We not only have to think about the race weekend but also the future and the bike for next season.”
Sebastian Risse (Technical Director): “A lot of things piled-up – a lot of parts and ideas – that we could not go through the overseas races and even some things left over from pre-season tests. We also had some doubts and decisions to make so this test was important. We had good conditions and we’re very pleased with the results. Not only was the pace good but we made a step forward in many areas and now we need to prove that on other racetracks and in other circumstances. We discovered some answers that we didn't find on the race weekend at Jerez, so it was already quite positive in this aspect. We are also happy regarding some longer-term ideas that we confirmed with the GP riders. Now we are looking forward to the next race.”
Morbidelli and Lüthi close out Jerez weekend with a positive test
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Tom Lüthi completed a positive MotoGP test at the Jerez circuit today.
For Morbidelli the one-day test provided an opportunity to further refine the set up of his Honda RC213V, after securing his first top ten finish in the premier class in yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Today the Italian focussed mainly on increasing traction on a used rear tyre, testing a number of different rear suspension settings with positive results.
Despite a high-speed crash without injury at turn four late in the day, Lüthi also declared himself happy with the progress made during today's Jerez test.
Having struggled to find a good feeling with the front of his Honda RC213V during the weekend, changes to the balance of the bike saw Lüthi regain the confidence that was missing in yesterday's race.
Morbidelli and Lüthi will be back on track for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, which gets underway with free practice on Friday 18th May.
Franco Morbidelli: 66 Laps – 1'38.288
"Today was a positive test for us. We tried some changes to the bike that we didn't have time to test over the race weekend and the results were good. We spent a lot of time on used tyres, working on the rear suspension settings to improve grip and we made some progress. A good test where I was able to work well with my crew and now I'm looking forward to the next race in Le Mans."
Tom Lüthi: 44 Laps – 1'39.643
"We made some changes to the front of the bike today and this was very, very interesting. We definitely made a step forward compared to where we were for the race yesterday so it's a pity that the crash meant I wasn't able to confirm the new settings on new tyres. The feeling was good, definitely better, and my pace was quicker than in the race yesterday, but we will need to confirm the same on the soft tyre next week in Le Mans. Overall a positive day but also a shame that I was too sore to continue after the crash."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Apart from Tom's crash, which came late in the day, this has been a very positive test for the team. Franco rounded off a very successful weekend, his best so far in MotoGP, by making another step forward with the bike and this will stand him in good stead next week in Le Mans. Tom and his crew tried some fairly big changes today in a bid to improve his feeling and confidence in the front. It looks as if they have made a significant improvement but we decided to stop the test early following Tom's crash, so we will need to confirm everything in Le Mans during free practice."
Fast Rabat, Simeon improves and Cardelus makes his debut in MotoGP
MotoGP Jerez Test– Circuito Angel Nieto
Reale Avintia Racing team riders, Tito Rabat and Xavier Simeon, stayed today at Jerez for a one-day-test and both have been able to improve their feeling after a Spanish Grand Prix that was not as both expected.
Tito Rabat, who was disappointed yesterday despite scoring two championship points, improved his best lap time of qulaifying and completed a race simulation in 1’39s mid low and some 38. Rabat also worked hard to improve his feeling with the clutch to on the start, one of the main issues that affected his result on Sunday’s race.
Simeon also enjoyed a very productive test day, he changed his position on the bike, and now he is more comfortable and consistent. In the afternoon he had a small crash without consequences, and he leaves Jerez quite satisfied.
In addition to Tito Rabat and Xavier Simeon, in these test the team hosted, the Andorran rider Xavi Cardelus who made his debut in MotoGP as team’s test rider. His first experience with the Ducati has been very positive and after completing his first Grand Prix in Moto2 as a ‘wild card’ for Cardelus, testing one of the Reale Avintia Racing bikes has been the culmination of a week full of emotions.
Now the team will head to Le Mans, where the French GP will take place from May 18th to 20th.
Tito Rabat | 1'38.304
“This was a very positive test and we got very good conclusions. I have improved my qualifying lap time, we did a fast race simulation. But although all this makes me very happy inside I feel a great disappointment for not having been able to do it yesterday in the race, because the test doen’t count. In the end I spent a good time practicing exits; I already have clear how to start well and without problems, at least I’ll be able to maintain my position, because we can’t loose so much in the exits. Now I’m thinking in Le Mans where I hope to be fighting again in the top 10”.
Xavier Simeon | 1'39.720
“We have no new parts to test with this bikes, son we focused on trying new things to improve my feeling. We have changed my position on the bike we have seen positive things. I have found myself much better than during the race weekend. I have also worked a lot to change my riding style, but didn’t improve as much as I would like to. But we must be patient because it is a long process and every time I go a little better. I do not want to push myself, but it is clear that I would like to be much faster”.
Xavi Cardelus | 1'42.040
“In just a few days I had many emotions together. First for my debut in the Moto2 World Championship, and I think that it went quite well. And today testing the MotoGP bike was just amazing. I’m very happy and I don’t have words. I was surprised how fast is the bike, it’s incredible, but the biggest impact for me was acceleration. The carbon brakes are also interesting, they work in a very different way from what I’m used to, but I liked the feeling. It is also a bike that needs to be riden in a very special way, in 40 laps I to adapt my style, but it was not easy. I want to thank Raul Romero and the entire Reale Avintia Racing team for this opportunity and I hope to repeat it in the future”.
NAKAGAMI PLEASED WITH POSITIVE TEST
PRESS RELEASE: 07 May 2018 | Jererz Test Session
Following yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix, LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami today joined the majority of the MotoGP class back out on the track at Jerez for a day of official testing. The Japanese rookie produced his best result of the season so far on Sunday as he claimed 12th position, maintaining his record of having finished every race this year.
On Monday, Nakagami continued that positive form as he was amongst the leading riders, posting the sixth fastest time of the day by the time he ended his testing schedule. The 26-year-old was delighted with the progress he made and is now looking ahead to a one-day test in Mugello.
Takaaki Nakagami– 8th
(1’38.444 – lap 70 of 74)
"I'm really happy about the work we've done. It was a positive test for us, we didn't work on that many things, but we tried to make a plan and work on different set ups and different materials. It worked well, we had a much better feeling this weekend and the lap time is much more consistent. We did many laps in the mid 38s so I'm really happy about the feeling on the bike. I think we have made one or two steps forward, so I'm very thankful to the team who are always helping me a lot. Now we're going for a one-day test at Mugello which is a very high speed track and a new experience for me, but I'm really looking forward to it."