2014 Phillip Island Tire Test, Day 3: Lorenzo Fastest As Riders Test Race Endurance
The five factory MotoGP riders and four Moto2 men have wrapped up the test at Phillip Island. The nine riders worked their way through the Sisyphean task of testing the vast mound of tires Bridgestone and Dunlop brought to the test, to assess compounds to be used in the race in October. The weather was very mixed on the final day, making for a more accurate reflection of the conditions likely to prevail during the race, after two days of hot, Australian summer on Monday and Tuesday.
Jorge Lorenzo was fastest man on the day, as he has been throughout the test, though the focus on the final day was on race simulations. Lorenzo did almost complete race distance at a very constant pace, though his teammate Valentino Rossi was faster over a shorter, half race distance run. Dani Pedrosa was forced to cut his race simulation run short with neck pain, brought on by having spent six of the past eight days testing a MotoGP bike. Cal Crutchlow also had to call an early halt to his race simulation, as his front tire suffered problems at the end of 17 laps. The front tires were not an issue at the race last year, this tire test having been called because of issues with the rear tire.
In Moto2, Tito Rabat was once again fastest, despite suffering a massive highside in the patchy conditions early in the day. Rabat was lucky to walk away with just a bruised and grazed back, but continued testing despite the bruises. The Moto2 men also did race simulations, pronouncing themselves only partially pleased with the results. The tires Dunlop brought to Phillip Island were clearly significantly better in terms of endurance, but they were much harder than the other tires, taking longer to get fully up to temperature, Mika Kallio told Speedweek.com. Dunlop pronounced itself pleased with the data, which will be used to build the tires for the race in October, and will also be used for the Sachsenring race, which places similar stresses on the tires.
Times at the end of day 3: