2017 Jerez MotoGP Test Times 1pm: Viñales Quickest In Early Times

The riders made an early start to the test at Jerez, taking advantage of the cooler track temperatures at the start of the day. With a blisteringly hot day expected, the track is likely to get extremely slippery as the day progresses. Maverick Viñales is the fastest rider so far, getting down into the 1'38s early on, and over a second and a half quicker than the best lap of the race on Sunday. Marc Marquez is second, while Aleix Espargaro holds third spot on the Aprilia, and the last rider to lap in the 1'38s.

The main objective of today is to test Michelin's alternative front tire. That front tire is the same profile and construction the riders used at Valencia last year, but then rejected after winter testing at Sepang and Phillip Island. Each rider has four of the new spec tire, two medium fronts and two hard fronts. Michelin will evaluate rider feedback, and if there is a majority which favors switching, they will supply the new tire from Mugello onwards. However, if the riders can't make up their minds, then the tire will be tested again at the Barcelona post-race test.

Though the list of new parts is relatively limited for most of the factories, the Movistar Yamaha riders have a new frame to test, according to Italian website GPOne.com. Both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will have one frame each to test. 

Times at 1pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:38.635    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:38.637 0.002 0.002
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.999 0.364 0.362
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:39.018 0.383 0.019
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:39.030 0.395 0.012
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:39.124 0.489 0.094
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:39.319 0.684 0.195
8 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:39.528 0.893 0.209
9 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:39.548 0.913 0.020
10 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:39.576 0.941 0.028
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:39.721 1.086 0.145
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.774 1.139 0.053
13 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:39.797 1.162 0.023
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:39.879 1.244 0.082
15 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:39.959 1.324 0.080
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:40.111 1.476 0.152
17 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 1:40.122 1.487 0.011
18 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:40.382 1.747 0.260
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:40.463 1.828 0.081
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:40.784 2.149 0.321
21 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.798 2.163 0.014
22 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:40.862 2.227 0.064
23 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR      


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Michelin makes bespoke car tyres for cars in the same class in the WEC.

Why not just supply both types of tyres and let the riders choose? This is madness.

I guess it has been said before (and this is just testing), but with the constant shuffling of the field in speed and results, I wonder how much is down to the bikes and set-up, and how much is down to inconsistent tyre performance. Not so much the sheer performance or characteristics of the tyres, but inconsistency. It reminds me of similar problems in the Superbike World Championship. Just ask Crutchlow what he had to say about the Pirellis there. After he moved to MotoGP of course, since any criticism is forbidden there ever since the Pirelli deal started back in 2004 or so. Bridgestone seemed to put less censorship on criticism than Michelin now, but that's just my impression. In any case, it's not great fun to be a single tyre supllier, it seems to me.

Still cool to see Aleix on the Aprilia up at the sharp end once again. There sure must be potential there.

Whilst I wouldn't want to see overnight specials again I think there needs to be more options available pre season which riders can choose from to run for the season.  

During winter testing give them an option to run a softer and a harder carcass but with the same rubber.  At the last test each rider can lock in their choice of three tyres to start the season, with an option to switch to the other carcass at the Jerez test followed by a final option to switch at the Brno test.