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Cal Crutchlow leaves Jerez as the fastest man at the three-day test, having set the quickest time of the event on the final day. Even more impressive for Crutchlow is that he set that fastest time in the middle of his long run, while he was working on race set up.
Valentino Rossi ended the day as 2nd fastest, confirmation of his best time from yesterday, with both him and teammate Jorge Lorenzo testing a new chassis for the Yamaha M1. Stefan Bradl took 3rd spot and finished first of the Hondas, while Jorge Lorenzo ended the day in 4th, choosing to run a 22-lap race simulation (full race distance is 27 laps at Jerez) instead of chasing a fast time. He did set his fastest time during that race simulation, posting a string of mid 1:40s.
Marc Marquez took 5th place, six tenths off the pace of Crutchlow, and the only Repsol Honda rider on the grid, Dani Pedrosa having decided to leave the test as he did not feel he had anything more to test. Pedrosa has been suffering with muscle cramps in his neck, a problem which he suffered at Austin, and returned once he was on the bike at Jerez. That, too, may have played a part in his decision to leave the test.
Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets on the second day of the MotoGP test at Jerez, the first time he has topped a session in the dry since 2010. The Factory Yamaha rider just edged his teammate Jorge Lorenzo by a few thousandths of a second, and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow by a few fractions more. Dani Pedrosa was the first non-Yamaha man, the Repsol Honda rider just over a tenth of a second slower than Rossi. That four men should finish so close together is an intriguing prospect, and promises much for the upcoming season.
Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in 5th, pleased with the gap of just eight tenths to the Yamahas and factory Honda, and ending ahead Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda. Marc Marquez had his first difficult day on the Repsol Honda, having to adapt the Moto2 lines he had learned around Jerez and change section by section to a more MotoGP style, with less lean angle and more drive. Marquez still finished ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, though only by a few hundredths of a second. Andrea Iannone took 9th slot on the Pramac Ducati, a second and a half behind Rossi, while the second Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden ended the day in 10th, despite a moment around the stadium section where he was nearly thrown out of the seat.
Jorge Lorenzo has finished the first day of a rain-lashed Jerez test on top of the timesheets, getting within 8 seconds of the lap record despite a soaking track. The day started dismally, with a lot of heavy rain and only a few riders circulating, but shortly after 2pm the rain let up sufficiently to allow everyone but the Aspar riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro to go out and chase a wet set up. The rain returned in force some time around 5pm, causing most of the MotoGP men to return to their boxes, with only a few men, including Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, running through more laps.
Lorenzo was fast for most of the session, as was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who had seized the lead as soon as he took to the track. But with just four sets of wet tires to use for the entire test, and Jerez' abrasive asphalt tearing up the rears on the 1000cc MotoGP machines, securing the top spot was mainly a question of timing. Lorenzo set his fastest lap right at the point where there were no more rivers of rainwater crossing the track, giving him a lead of over a second over Pedrosa, who had been lapping earlier on.
Pol Espargaro leaves the Jerez Moto2 test in the same position as he arrived here: as fastest, and as favorite. The Tuenti HP 40 rider had dominated all three dry days of practice, only ceding top spot on the soaking second day of the test. Espargaro's team mate Tito Rabat took second spot on the final day, just edging out the Mapfre Aspar pairing of Jordi Torres and Nico Terol.
With Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding electing to sit out the last day of testing, the Moto2 timesheets were no longer dominated by riders on Kalex. The two Mapfre men took 3rd and 4th on Suters, while NGM Forward's Simone Corsi took 5th spot on a Speed Up, ahead of young Frenchman Johann Zarco on the CAME IODA Suter. Ant West also put in a decent time, to get into the top 10, ending within a second of Espargaro, while Tech 3 rookie Danny Kent also posted a respectable time, getting within a second of Espargaro and grabbing 11th slot.
Luis Salom leaves the final Moto3 test ahead of the 2013 season opener at Qatar as the fastest man, after the Red Bull KTM rider put in a blistering lap in the final moments of the last session. Salom ended the day nearly quarter of second quicker than Alex Rins, and six tenths faster than Rins' teammate Alex Marquez to lead a trio of KTMs once again, though the improvement by Miguel Oliveira on the Suter-built Mahindra, and Niccolo Antonelli on the FTR Honda offer some hope that the domination by the Austrian brand will not be entirely complete.
The third day of testing for Moto3 started well for Maverick Viñales, the Team Calvo rider setting the fastest time of the day in the early session, but ended badly, Viñales crashing heavily later in the afternoon. The Spaniard fell at Turn 11, the fastest corner of the circuit, getting his hand trapped under his handlebars and grinding the top of his right ring finger off. Viñales was examined at the circuit, before flying back to Barcelona for further medical attention. He will undergo surgery on the finger on Thursday, and should be fit enough for the first race at Qatar on 7th April.
Viñales was not the only crasher. San Carlo Team Italia rider Francesco Bagnaia also fell badly, the young Italian being less fortunate. Bagnaia fractured the radius bone in his left wrist, and will be forced to miss the season opener, returning for the second race at Austin, Texas.
After a day lost to dismal conditions, testing resumed in full force at Jerez under blue skies. The dry condiitions and warm temperatures saw Pol Espargaro return to the top of the timesheets, the Spaniard posting his fastest time in the afternoon Moto2 session, and persuading the Spaniard to skip the final combined session of the day altogether. Second fastest man was Takaaki Nakagami, the Italtrans rider continuing his showing of strong form, ending fractionally ahead of his teammate Julian Simon.
Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding took 4th slot, three quarters of a second off the time of Espargaro, and fractionally ahead of Mapfre Aspar man Nico Terol. Terol was the fastest of the non-Kalex mounted riders, just holding off Tito Rabat for the 5th fastest time, while Terol's teammate Jordi Torres grabbed 7th. Xavier Simeon continues his strong performance at Jerez, in both wet and dry, setting the 8th best time on the Desguaces La Torre Kalex.
Testing concludes tomorrow, with two one-hour sessions for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, before they make way for the MotoGP class, due to start on Saturday.
Moto2 results from Day 3:
The rain in Spain fell mainly along the southern coast on Tuesday, with very large quantities - the kind of torrential downpour that would rival Sepang - falling at the Circuito de Velocidad in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. With rain so heavy it reduced visibility to a few meters at times, the circuit endured a soaking that left standing water on the circuit for most of the day, forcing a late start and severely curtailing track time for both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes on the second day of the Jerez test.
Conditions improved a little towards the end of the day, a dry line starting to form, but with both Moto2 and Moto3 bikes on track at the same time, riders in both classes were more concerned about avoiding injury ahead of the season opener than they were with pushing for a very fast time.
The wet weather brought out the best in English-speaking riders. In Moto2, Scott Redding topped the timesheets, the Marc VDS Racing rider already having perfected his wet set up the last time Moto2 was in Jerez back in February. Toni Elias followed in second slot, three tenths off the pace of Redding, while Dominique Aegerter, Mike di Meglio and the inevitable-in-the-wet Ant West rounded out the top five.
Toni Elias has topped the first day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class, leading an armada of Kalexes at the top of the timesheet. Testing took place under blue skies, in stark contrast to both the weather expected for Tuesday, and the previous fog- and rain-affected test at the Jerez track back in February.
Elias ended ahead of the Tuenti HP 40 pairing of Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro, Rabat getting the better of his teammate for the first time in the dry this off-season, while Italtrans' Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon, and Marc VDS Racing's Mika Kallio followed close behind. Alex De Angelis was the first non-Kalex on the timesheet, the NGM Forward rider putting his Speed Up bike into 7th slot, ahead of a pair of Suters ridden by Nico Terol and Johann Zarco.
Times were a long way off ideal, though. Espargaro posted a time nearly a second faster at the track back in February, while Elias' best time is over half a second slower than Stefan Bradl's pole record from 2011. With Tuesday likely to be lost to rain, the last day and a half of testing on Wednesday and Thursday should provide a clearer picture of the Moto2 class.
Blue skies and warm weather greeted the Moto2 and Moto3 riders in Jerez, for the start of the final test ahead of the season opener at Qatar. The weather helped the Moto3 men and woman get up to speed quickly, though there was plenty of work going on in the pits as well. Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger ended the day as fastest, the German bringing a welcome break to the hegemony of Spanish riders which has so far been a feature of Moto3 testing. Folger's progress was clear from the previous test, improving his own time by six tenths of a second, to lead Alex Rins by a quarter of a second.
While the Kalex KTM rider spent his afternoon concentrating on riding, the three Spaniards who followed him all had new parts to test for their factory KTM machines. Alex Rins was the best of the group, though there was nothing to choose between him, Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom. That trio has dominated testing so far, but today, they did not have the measure of Folger.
Brad Binder is the first of the non-KTMs, the Ambrogio Racing man three quarters of a second behind Folger. Binder's Suter Honda leads Miguel Oliveira on the Suter-built Mahindra, while Binder's teammate Danny Webb took 7th spot, and the last rider to get within a second of Folger.
Dani Pedrosa was once again fastest on the final day of testing at Sepang, topping the timesheets for the fifth time in six total days of testing at Sepang. Though the Repsol Honda man looks to be the preseason favorite so far, he does not leave the test as fastest overall, however. That honor goes to Jorge Lorenzo, who put in a scorching lap on Wednesday to set the fastest time over all three days of the test.
The riders got off to a late start on Thursday, rain meaning that the bulk of the riders kept to their garages until the track started to dry out at the end of the morning. A few men put in laps in the wet, but once the track dried out, enough riders started putting in laps to clean the worst of the dirt left by the rain from the track, though track conditions were never as good as on the first couple of days. Pedrosa soon took charge of proceedings, later knocking another half a second off his time late in the afternoon. Rookie Repsol teammate Marc Marquez impressed yet again, taking 2nd on the timesheets with his very last lap, after the final 30 minutes of the session turned into a qualifying session. Marquez continued to concentrate on learning the ropes on a MotoGP machine, and the longer runs he put in were a little further off the pace of Pedrosa, and still not as consistent as they will need to be, but he proved with his flying lap that he will be starting from the front of the grid by the time the season starts.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the final day of the test with the 3rd fastest time, but leaves Sepang as fastest overall. Lorenzo's best time was over four tenths slower than Pedrosa's on Thursday, but the Spaniard spent the latter part of the day working on race set up, ending the test with a mightily impressive race simulation of 20 laps, 16 of which where in the 2:01s, most of them fast 2:01s. Lorenzo's race simulation follows the pattern from his championship-winning season in 2012, making a very long race simulation to test the bike and himself in punishing conditions. Less characteristic was a mistake the Spaniard made, putting in one lap of 2:05 towards the end, an anomaly among the scorching laps that surround it.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the second day of testing at Sepang during the MotoGP class' second visit to the circuit, the factory Yamaha man finding the three tenths of a second he was seeking on day 1 of the test. Lorenzo was quick right out of the gate, setting a blistering mid-2:00 lap on his first exit, a time nobody would better except himself before the afternoon break. Even more impressive than his time is his consistency, however: Lorenzo is seemingly able to crank out mid-2:00 laps at will. The Spaniard's performance so far has been eerily similar to the test last year, where he laid the foundation for his 2012 title by grinding out lap after lap at race pace.
With Lorenzo on top of the timesheets, Dani Pedrosa was forced to settle for second, over a third of a second behind his main rival for the title. Pedrosa had spent most of the day working on suspension settings for Honda RC213V, but had been hampered by a problem with one of his bikes. Tomorrow, he told reporters, his team would try to put the best of what they'd found at the test together.
Dani Pedrosa has taken up at the second Sepang MotoGP test where he left off after the first. The Repsol Honda man led for most of the day, having set a fast time fairly early in the morning. His rival at the Factory Yamaha squad did much the same, Jorge Lorenzo taking 2nd a couple of tenths behind Pedrosa.
Marc Marquez continues to impress, the Spanish prodigy ending the day with the 3rd fastest time, just over a third of a second off his Repsol Honda teammate, and a little over a tenth behind reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo. Also impressive was Stefan Bradl, the LCR Honda man achieving his stated aim for the test of matching the pace of Valentino Rossi. The strong times by Marquez and Bradl demoted the Factory Yamaha returnee to 5th, though the difference was minimal, just a few hundredths separating the threesome.
Cal Crutchlow led another close duo, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man some seven tenths off the pace of Pedrosa and a quarter of a second behind Rossi. He just kept ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Gresini Honda rider taking 7th less than a tenth behind Crutchlow.
With the rain and fog making a return to the Jerez circuit, the final day of testing for the Moto2 class was largely a washout. The weather threatened to improve briefly in the afternoon, but failed to make good on its promise.
At the end of the third, wet day, it was Nico Terol who topped the timesheets, just as he had on the first day of wet practice at the Andalusian track. The Mapfre Aspar rider ended the day nearly three tenths ahead of Scott Redding and Danny Kent, the two British riders separated by just a couple of hundredths. Johan Zarco took 4th spot, a little ahead of Ricky Cardus and Xavier Simeon.
The Moto2 class now has one final group test before the season starts, returning to Jerez in mid-March. They test from 18th to the 21st of March, before flying out to Qatar for the 2013 season opener.
Official times from the final day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class:
The return of rain and fog to Jerez meant that much of the final day of testing for both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes went to waste, with a depleted field taking to the track in the morning, before packing up and leaving in the afternoon. Jack Miller was the fastest man in the rain, the Caretta Technology RTG rider ending the day faster than Alex Rins on the Estrella Galicia KTM, and RW Racing's Jakub Kornfeil.
The teams now pack up and head home for a month, preparing for the final test in mid-March. They visit Jerez one more time between 18th and 21st of March, before flying out to Qatar for the season starter.
Official times after the final day of testing at Jerez for the Moto3 class: