Jerez WorldSBK & MotoGP Test Thursday Times: Dovizioso Beats Crutchlow, Melandri Edges Lowes

Andrea Dovizioso finished as fastest on Thursday at Jerez, the factory Ducati rider using the morning to break Jorge Lorenzo's pole record from 2015 - though as this is a private test, this is only an unofficial time, and so Lorenzo's record will stand until the race here in May - going over a quarter of a second faster than Lorenzo did on the Yamaha two years ago. Cal Crutchlow was second fastest, also under the pole record, having spent a full and busy day jumping between three different bikes and racking up a grand total of 90 laps, more than any other rider on the grid. 

Jorge Lorenzo ended as third fastest, just outside his 2015 lap record, a little ahead of Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki. Pol Espargaro ended the day in fifth, the KTM showing well at Jerez, while Alex Rins was sixth on the second Suzuki. Tito Rabat was quick on the Avintia Ducati, the only rider to do a full race simulation, and less than three quarters of a second slower than Dovizioso.

Marco Melandri was the quickest of the WorldSBK riders, the Aruba.it Ducati man a tenth faster than Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha. Leon Camier impressed once again on the Red Bull Honda, fractionally slower than Lowes, and running consistently in the low 1'40s. Chaz Davies was absent, after suffering a knee injury in a big crash at Turn 1 at the end of Wednesday. The Kawasaki riders were also absent, taking a day off before returning to the track on Friday.

The track will be a good deal emptier on Friday, the last day of the test. The Factory Ducati MotoGP team are leaving, as are the Honda MotoGP teams and Avintia Ducati. The WorldSBK teams will be staying on, as will Pramac Ducati and all of the MotoGP manufacturers who are not subject to testing restrictions: Suzuki, KTM, and Aprilia.

Combined times from Thursday:

Pos No Name Class Bike Time Diff Gap
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 0.155 0.155
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 0.258 0.103
4 29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.067 0.404 0.146
5 44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.314 0.651 0.247
6 42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.360 0.697 0.046
7 53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 0.724 0.027
8 9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.688 1.025 0.301
9 43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 1.213 0.188
10 38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.900 1.237 0.024
11 21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 1.260 0.023
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 1.329 0.069
13 45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.295 1.632 0.303
14 41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 1.822 0.190
15 33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.663 2.000 0.178
16 22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.770 2.107 0.107
17 73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 2.119 0.012
18 2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.797 2.134 0.015
19 12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.002 2.339 0.205
20 60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:40.199 2.536 0.197
21 10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 2.669 0.133
22 59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:40.593 2.930 0.261
23 121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.606 2.943 0.013
24 104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.018 3.355 0.412
25 122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.526 3.863 0.508

Times for each class:

Pos No Name Class Bike Time Diff Gap
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 0.155 0.155
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 0.258 0.103
4 29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.067 0.404 0.146
5 44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.314 0.651 0.247
6 42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.360 0.697 0.046
7 53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 0.724 0.027
8 9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.688 1.025 0.301
9 43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 1.213 0.188
10 38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.900 1.237 0.024
11 21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 1.260 0.023
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 1.329 0.069
13 45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.295 1.632 0.303
14 41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 1.822 0.190
15 73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 2.119 0.297
16 10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 2.669 0.550
               
1 33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.663    
2 22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.770 0.107 0.107
3 2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.797 0.134 0.027
4 12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.002 0.339 0.205
5 60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:40.199 0.536 0.197
6 59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:40.593 0.930 0.394
7 121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.606 0.943 0.013
               
1 104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.018 1.355  
2 122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.526 1.863 0.508

 

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Thanks for more interesting and diligent coverage!

My obsverations:

  1. Suzuki's improvement seems to continue.
  2. If I am Andrea, the pay gap between myself and Jorge is really beginning to become annoying. Especially after '...team orders don't apply to me even after my seriously under performing my team-mate....' seems to be the latest incarnation of Jorge.
  3. Really pleased for Tito Rabat. Confidence is hard to define, but like pornography, you know it when you see it.
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...keeps showing up as motogp?

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Eugene Laverty was riding the Aprilia RS-GP bike as a test rider, because Aleix Espargaro skipped the test to let his hand recover. Aprilia didn't have anything radically new to test, so that's work Laverty is very good at testing.

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Tito Rabat was one of the most pleasing riders to watch in Moto2, smooth as silk, devastatingly efficient until he got on that 3rd tier Honda pig that Miller also had to court in GP. I recall our scribe noting Jorge wrapped around the M1 like a python at Jerez some years back. That was then, this is now. Dovi is the best and worst team mate he could wish for. The best because he has no egotistic aspirations, the worst because beating his team mate is his priority #1 within a happy camp. The pay gap between he and Lorenzo is probably not an issue. Beating his team mate out for the hell of it probably is...ask Cal...M1/D16 experiences alongside him. We can go back to his REPSOL/HRC days alongside the likes of the great #26  and later #27. Then there was the late # 58 in the stable back then. #04 was always the orphan yet the one you did not want to get into the square circle with when the playing field was level. Even Marc can attest to that circa 2017.

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