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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Wednesday 12:30 Times: Marquez Leads Close Field

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The weather gods have looked favorably upon MotoGP testing at Sepang. With no rain overnight and cool temperatures, conditions are just about perfect for testing on Wednesday, and the teams are making full use of the opportunity to test. Marc Marquez currently leads the field, though he has only the narrowest of margins over Maverick Viñales. Four Ducatis follow, Andrea Dovizioso leading Alvaro Bautista, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo is only a quarter of a second off the time of Marquez, suggesting he is starting to get to grips with the Ducati.

The factories are starting to work through their testing programs, as new parts are starting to appear. Andrea Dovizioso is taking the updated 2017 Ducati - with the black box under the tail - out for a serious run, and where the Yamahas were trying to keep their aerodynamic fairings under wraps as much as possible yesterday, today the bikes stand openly in pit lane for all to see. 

So far, the weather is holding, and testing is continuing. The riders will keep going for as long as possible, to make maximum use of the testing time available.

Times at 12:30:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:59.507    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:59.514 0.007 0.007
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:59.554 0.047 0.040
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:59.629 0.122 0.075
5 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP17 1:59.639 0.132 0.010
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:59.766 0.259 0.127
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.884 0.377 0.118
8 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.076 0.569 0.192
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:00.107 0.600 0.031
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.125 0.618 0.018
11 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:00.221 0.714 0.096
12 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.311 0.804 0.090
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.377 0.870 0.066
14 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:00.440 0.933 0.063
15 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:00.446 0.939 0.006
16 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:00.537 1.030 0.091
17 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:00.701 1.194 0.164
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.918 1.411 0.217
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:01.133 1.626 0.215
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.341 1.834 0.208
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:01.376 1.869 0.035
22 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:01.506 1.999 0.130
23 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.244 2.737 0.738
24 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:03.014 3.507 0.770
25 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:03.171 3.664 0.157

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Tuesday Final Times - Iannone Fastest On Dry Afternoon

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Andrea Iannone has ended the second day of testing at Sepang on top of the timesheets. The Suzuki rider took advantage of the best conditions at the end of the day to drop into the 1'59s, finishing four tenths ahead of Maverick Viñales on the Movistar Yamaha. Alvaro Bautista ended in third on the Aspar Ducati, with Valentino Rossi in fourth, just ahead of a very strong showing for Johann Zarco on the Tech 3 Yamaha. After a difficult start on Monday, Jorge Lorenzo made a big improvement moving up to 8th, but more importantly, just a couple of tenths behind Rossi, and fractionally slower than his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Marc Marquez was the quickest Honda, ending the session in tenth, a second behind Iannone.

Times at the end of Tuesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.452    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:59.859 0.407 0.407
3 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:00.219 0.767 0.360
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.254 0.802 0.035
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:00.343 0.891 0.089
6 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:00.351 0.899 0.008
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 2:00.441 0.989 0.090
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:00.484 1.032 0.043
9 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.495 1.043 0.011
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:00.531 1.079 0.036
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:00.609 1.157 0.078
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.692 1.240 0.083
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.877 1.425 0.185
14 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.886 1.434 0.009
15 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:00.972 1.520 0.086
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:00.981 1.529 0.009
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:01.124 1.672 0.143
18 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:01.227 1.775 0.103
19 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 2:01.383 1.931 0.156
20 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:01.525 2.073 0.142
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:01.557 2.105 0.032
22 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.058 2.606 0.501
23 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.190 2.738 0.132
24 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:02.266 2.814 0.076
25 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:02.517 3.065 0.251
26 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.893 3.441 0.376
27 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:03.052 3.600 0.159

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Tuesday 15:00 Times - Slow Start As Winglets Reappear

After four hours of inaction, as the riders waited for the track to dry, riders started to head out shortly after 2pm, to get some time in on a usable track. Times are still slow, as the track is still damp in patches, but the teams are now all pounding out the laps.

Marc Marquez is currently quickest, leading Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi, but the times are not really representative just yet. Times are likely to drop as riders disperse the moisture remaining on the track surface.

The big news this afternoon came at Yamaha. The Japanese manufacturer was the first to break cover with their solution to the winglet ban, using a double-walled fairing to control flow over a series of vanes and create downforce. Images had been floating around the internet, but they looked photoshopped. Italian photographer Mirco Lazzari caught Yamaha test rider Kouta Nozane with the winglets attached to an M1 test bike, as explained by GPOne.com.

Then, this afternoon, Valentino Rossi took the bike out for a test with the winglets, diving out of a closed garage, then immediately back into hiding. Eagle-eyed MCN reporter Simon Patterson happened to be standing in the right place to capture it. No doubt there will be more developments along these lines.

Times at 3pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:01.192    
2 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:01.360 0.168 0.168
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:01.510 0.318 0.150
4 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:01.641 0.449 0.131
5 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.752 0.560 0.111
6 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:01.949 0.757 0.197
7 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:02.025 0.833 0.076
8 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 2:02.068 0.876 0.043
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:02.112 0.920 0.044
10 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:02.193 1.001 0.081
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:02.245 1.053 0.052
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 2:02.300 1.108 0.055
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:02.338 1.146 0.038
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:02.484 1.292 0.146
15 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:02.657 1.465 0.173
16 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:02.709 1.517 0.052
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.891 1.699 0.182
18 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:03.014 1.822 0.123
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:03.044 1.852 0.030
20 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:03.386 2.194 0.342
21 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:03.515 2.323 0.129
22 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:03.595 2.403 0.080
23 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:03.867 2.675 0.272
24 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:04.374 3.182 0.507
25 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:05.208 4.016 0.834
26 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:05.891 4.699 0.683
27 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:07.287 6.095 1.396

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Monday Final Times - Stoner Quickest, Times Unchanged

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Casey Stoner remained fastest at the end of the first day of testing at Sepang. Times were unchanged from 4pm, when the rain came. A few riders went out in the rain to try the bike in the wet, but they had no impact on the timesheets.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP17 1:59.681    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:59.796 0.115 0.115
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:00.128 0.447 0.332
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:00.134 0.453 0.006
5 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.490 0.809 0.356
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.570 0.889 0.080
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.643 0.962 0.073
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.695 1.014 0.052
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:00.737 1.056 0.042
10 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:00.744 1.063 0.007
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:00.850 1.169 0.106
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:00.852 1.171 0.002
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.970 1.289 0.118
14 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:01.224 1.543 0.254
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.271 1.590 0.047
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:01.338 1.657 0.067
17 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:01.350 1.669 0.012
18 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:01.351 1.670 0.001
19 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.812 2.131 0.461
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.889 2.208 0.077
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:01.926 2.245 0.037
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:01.942 2.261 0.016
23 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:02.187 2.506 0.245
24 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.290 2.609 0.103
25 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.315 2.634 0.025
26 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.942 3.261 0.627
27 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:03.034 3.353 0.092

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Monday Times 16:00 - Stoner Still Fastest As Rain Stops Play

The rain came down shortly after 4pm at Sepang, bringing an early end to proceedings. But the rain had held off for longer than the MotoGP teams had expected, and so a lot of work got done. Times were little changed from earlier in the day.

Times at 4pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP17 1:59.681    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:59.796 0.115 0.115
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:00.128 0.447 0.332
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:00.134 0.453 0.006
5 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.490 0.809 0.356
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.570 0.889 0.080
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.643 0.962 0.073
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.695 1.014 0.052
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:00.737 1.056 0.042
10 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:00.744 1.063 0.007
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:00.850 1.169 0.106
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:00.852 1.171 0.002
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.970 1.289 0.118
14 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:01.224 1.543 0.254
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.271 1.590 0.047
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:01.338 1.657 0.067
17 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:01.350 1.669 0.012
18 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:01.351 1.670 0.001
19 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.812 2.131 0.461
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.889 2.208 0.077
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:01.926 2.245 0.037
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:01.942 2.261 0.016
23 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:02.187 2.506 0.245
24 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.290 2.609 0.103
25 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.315 2.634 0.025
26 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.942 3.261 0.627
27 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:03.034 3.353 0.092

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Monday Times 14:30 - Stoner Fastest As Testing Breaks For Lunch

Testing continues at Sepang, the weather still holding, but most of the MotoGP riders have now decided to take a break from the sweltering heat. At the lunch break it is Casey Stoner who is the quickest man on the day, the Ducati test rider one of only two men to crack into the 1'59s. Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is the other, the Italian a tenth of a second off the pace of Stoner.

Maverick Viñales is the fastest Yamaha rider, a fraction quicker than Alvaro Bautista on the Aspar Ducati. Andrea Iannone, who was quickest in the early part of the day, is now fifth, ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda and the impressive rookie Jonas Folger. Valentino Rossi is eighth, a second slower than Stoner, and fractionally ahead of Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo has made a big step forward, but is still fifteenth, 1.7 seconds behind Stoner, and six tenths behind Rossi.

Times at 14:30:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP17 1:59.681    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:59.796 0.115 0.115
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:00.128 0.447 0.332
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:00.134 0.453 0.006
5 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.490 0.809 0.356
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.570 0.889 0.080
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.643 0.962 0.073
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.695 1.014 0.052
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:00.737 1.056 0.042
10 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:00.744 1.063 0.007
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:00.850 1.169 0.106
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:00.852 1.171 0.002
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.970 1.289 0.118
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.271 1.590 0.301
15 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:01.350 1.669 0.079
16 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.812 2.131 0.462
17 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:01.850 2.169 0.038
18 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:01.926 2.245 0.076
19 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:02.066 2.385 0.140
20 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:02.099 2.418 0.033
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:02.252 2.571 0.153
22 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.290 2.609 0.038
23 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.315 2.634 0.025
24 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.942 3.261 0.627
25 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:03.061 3.380 0.119
26 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:03.441 3.760 0.380
27 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:03.716 4.035 0.275

 

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2017 Sepang MotoGP Test Monday Times 12:20 - Iannone Leads Bautista As Testing Starts

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MotoGP testing is underway at Sepang. The weather has held, and a dry track saw a mass exodus onto the track, the riders using the opportunity to do as much testing as possible. Shortly after noon, Andrea Iannone is fastest, the Italian making a strong start on the Suzuki. He deposed Alvaro Bautista on the Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati, who had led for much of the morning. Maverick Viñales is third, always quick here, and now doubly so on the Movistar Yamaha.

There are plenty of test riders here, with Casey Stoner the most notable. Stoner is currently fifth fastest, just behind Danilo Petrucci. Petrucci appears to be riding the Valencia version of the GP17, while Stoner and the two factory Ducati men are testing the new GP17, with the carbon fiber box in the tail. Still no official word on what it is, but from close up, it looked relatively light, whcih means it is probably carrying a sensor or something similar.

Marc Marquez is off to a modest start on the Honda, only sixth quickest at the moment, just ahead of a very impressive Jonas Folger on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Folger is clearly benefiting from the extra time he got on the bike at Yamaha's private test in November.

The factory Ducatis are well down the order at the moment. Andrea Dovizioso is in 11th, a second off the pace of Iannone, and just behind Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha (a late starter, as always). Jorge Lorenzo is much further behind, down in 22nd over two seconds slower than Iannone.

Clouds are starting to gather at Sepang, but it remains dry. The riders are likely to push the lunch break back as late as possible, to make the best possible use of the dry track.

Times at 12:20:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.490    
2 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 2:00.629 0.139 0.139
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:00.767 0.277 0.138
4 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 2:00.915 0.425 0.148
5 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP17 2:00.973 0.483 0.058
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 2:01.328 0.838 0.355
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:01.369 0.879 0.041
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:01.447 0.957 0.078
9 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 2:01.483 0.993 0.036
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:01.510 1.020 0.027
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 2:01.541 1.051 0.031
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.710 1.220 0.169
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:01.752 1.262 0.042
14 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2:01.850 1.360 0.098
15 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 2:01.970 1.480 0.120
16 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 2:02.099 1.609 0.129
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 2:02.262 1.772 0.163
18 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.290 1.800 0.028
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.315 1.825 0.025
20 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 2:02.426 1.936 0.111
21 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 2:02.565 2.075 0.139
22 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 2:02.582 2.092 0.017
23 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:02.932 2.442 0.350
24 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.942 2.452 0.010
25 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2:03.523 3.033 0.581
26 31 Kouta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:04.382 3.892 0.859
27 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:04.406 3.916 0.024

 

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2017 Portimao WSBK Test Day 2 Times: Davies Leads Aprilias, Haslam

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Chaz Davies has ended the Portimao WorldSBK test on top of the timesheets, the factory Ducati rider quickest on both days of the test. Behind Davies, the field got an interesting shake up, with the Milwaukee Aprilias making a big step forward. After a tough couple of tests, Eugene Laverty made a major step forward with the RSV4, managing a quick pace on both race and qualifying tires. Teammate Lorenzo Savadori was third, just a fraction behind his teammate.

Leon Haslam impressed, standing in for the injured Randy Krummenacher. Haslam, who will race in BSB in 2017, set the fourth quickest time and was fast throughout the test. Leon Camier was fifth on the MV Agusta, ahead of the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark. PJ Jacobsen was the fastest World Supersport rider, while BSB was represented by Shane Byrne and Glen Irwin on the Ducati.

Times from Sunday at Portimao:

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 SBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:41.813    
2 50 SBK Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:42.002 0.189 0.189
3 32 SBK Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:42.043 0.230 0.041
4 91 SBK Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.300 0.487 0.257
5 2 SBK Leon Camier MV Agusta F4 1:42.339 0.526 0.039
6 22 SBK Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:42.533 0.720 0.194
7 60 SBK Michael vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:42.794 0.981 0.261
8 33 SBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:43.344 1.531 0.550
9 69 SBK Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:43.492 1.679 0.148
10 6 SBK Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:43.696 1.883 0.204
11 35 SBK Raffaele De Rosa BMW S1000RR 1:43.708 1.895 0.012
12 12 SBK Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R 1:43.800 1.987 0.092
13 84 SBK Riccardo Russo Yamaha YZF-R1 1:43.925 2.112 0.125
14 36 SBK Leandro Mercado Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:44.501 2.688 0.576
15 21 SBK Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000RR 1:44.820 3.007 0.319
               
1 99 WSS PJ Jacobsen MV Agusta F3 675 1:46.229    
2 65 WSS Michael Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:47.362 1.133 1.133
3 78 WSS Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:47.496 1.267 0.134
4 61 WSS Alessandro Zaccone MV Agusta F3 675 1:47.838 1.609 0.342
5 77 WSS Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:47.859 1.630 0.021
6 70 WSS Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:47.950 1.721 0.091
               
1 12 STK Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R 1:44.937    
2 57 STK Mike Jones Ducati Panigale R 1:45.299 0.362 0.362
3 54 STK Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:45.302 0.365 0.003
4 44 STK Miguel Oliveira Yamaha YZF-R1 1:46.099 1.162 0.797
5 5 STK Marco Faccani Ducati Panigale R 1:46.637 1.700 0.538
6 8 STK Alessandro Valia Ducati Panigale R 1:47.473 2.536 0.836
7 19 STK Julian Puffe BMW S1000RR 1:47.872 2.935 0.399
               
1 67 BSB Shane Byrne Ducati Panigale R 1:43.664    
2 2 BSB Glenn Irwin Ducati Panigale R 1:44.718 1.054 1.054

 

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2017 Portimao WSBK Test Day 1 Times: Davies Fastest In Portugal

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World Superbike testing continues, this time at the spectacular Portimao circuit in Portugal. With the Kawasakis absent, Chaz Davies topped the timesheets, heading up Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Aprilia and Davies' Ducati teammate Marco Melandri. Pata Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark set the second fastest time, but the Yamahas rode without a transponder, and their times were unofficially released by the teams to Speedweek.com.

The Honda riders struggled, both Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl struggling for grip. The Ten Kate squad have only had the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR for a few weeks, and still have a lot of work to do on the bike.

Quotes from the riders at the test, via our WorldSBK correspondent:

Ernesto Marinelli, Aruba.it Ducati team boss:
Both riders are working on everything but are checking different things for riding styles or whatever but both have spent time working on the chassis, the electronics, the engine and the full package. We only had half a day today but it's good to be here at Portimao because it's so different to Jerez with the bumps and the character of the circuit. There's no one area that we need to shoot at to improve because by mid 2016 we had found a good balance so now we're working on every aspect to improve them all by a little bit.

Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Ducati:
Even losing the morning we did over 60 laps and the lack of running this morning didn't really hurt us. Honestly, at this track it's always the same on the opening laps where you can't get a lot done. There's so many bumps that you nearly need a motocross bike and not a rigid Superbike at the start! Once you have about 20 laps under your belt though it comes to you and you get used to it. The bumps always get a little bit sharper every time you come back here and in a couple of places they've gotten a bit higher. They've laid some tarmac in some places, Turn 5, the entry to Turn 7, but that's not a good job. They've put the join of the new tarmac with the old right on the apex of the corner. It's bang smack on the apex and you can't help thinking 'could you not have extended that five metres around the corner?' It is what it is though and we'll need to speak about it. If a corner needs to be changed and relaid circuits cannot put it right on the apex for bikes. Really I think that the whole track needs to be relaid but that's obviously expensive to do. They've worked at Turn 13 and they've done a good job there.

The laptime this afternoon came quite easily to me and I think that there's potential to go quicker. We worked on some chassis and electronics stuff today and also the exhaust. We've got some other stuff to work on tomorrow and if it's dry it'll be a busy day for us. We've still got some major parts to tick off but today was quite interesting.

Nicky Hayden, Ten Kate Honda WorldSBK:
Today was not a good day. I really don't know how to sugar coat it any better. I'd love to tell you that we were taking it easy today but I can't. We lost a lot of time this morning, like everybody else, waiting for the track to dry. I went out to learn the track on those first laps because there is some tricky sections but we never made progress today. We're really struggling with edge grip and the bike pumping and not being stable on the exit of the corners. We never found a direction to go in and nothing really helped the problem today. Hopefully tomorrow we'll find some progress.

Some of the problems that we had in Jerez are here and maybe even more dramatic. It's clear that we're a long way off so we've got to stay focused and try and come up with a solution. The edge grip is more of a problem here because in Jerez you can ride it around it a bit and pick the bike up but here at Portimao so many corners link together. The bike starts sliding and steps out and you're off line for the next corner so the problem can keep exaggerating itself here.

In Jerez we were able too compare our data to last year but we didn't test here last year so we don't have any data to compare today with.

I hope that as we start introducing the new parts we'll see some progress because it's not ideal to have a hybrid bike out there that is half on thing and half another. It's difficult to make that work and we're obviously not super happy at the moment and we hope that some of the new parts will start to help us find a solution.

Stefan Bradl, Ten Kate Honda WorldSBK:
We have some problems with the electronics which is costing us a lot of grip. That was the same in Jerez and today gave us confirmation that something is wrong with the bike for this. We made a lot of changes today with the torque maps and the traction control and power deliveries but the system didn't follow those changes. It was a bit weird and we struggled with the grip because of that. We also struggled because the traction control doesn't work constantly or smoothly and that means that we abuse the tyres.

Leon Camier, MV Agusta WorldSBK:
I'm pretty happy but it's difficult for us all compared to Chaz, he seems to be at another level. We're not far off the others which is pretty good considering it's our first day back on the bike. It's difficult to say if we've made much progress yet but hopefully for Australia we'll have a new engine. At the minute we're still on last year's spec of engine but we've a different tank to try to make the weight lower while keeping the same balance. We'll try a different riding position too but electronics are the biggest thing that we'll work on because we're using the standard throttle bodies now and now the split. That's better today but it's still not great but there's a lot of things to come because we need more engine braking but that will be helped with the new exhaust that we're waiting for. I'm hoping that we'll have everything for Australia because it's something that I've been looking for for a long time. We've a new swingarm coming but I'm not sure how that will change things. The 2017 bike will be a little more refined all around.

We have to be realistic with our goals because the change from split throttle bodies has caused us some problems. I think that it will continue to cause us problems and even though we might be able to mask it with electronics it's not right with this bike. The rules are pretty fixed so there's only a few things we can do and we'll probably have to just focus on electronics to help us. We need to improve power delivery but also power. Last year despite the lack of power we had something that I could still ride well because I felt good on the bike but the change of the throttle bodies has meant that right now I can't feel that. It's definitely the area we need to work on most.

We have two new electronics guys in the team who replaced two that left at the end of last year.

We've got to be careful in Australia because it's very easy to get sucked into testing mode and not focus on the race. You've got to keep it simple down there because I've seen time and again that people aren't prepared for the race because they think that they're going well in practice or testing but are lost in the race. You've got to be quite clever once you get to Phillip Island with how you approach the weekend down there.

PJ Jacobsen, MV Agusta WSS:
Today was my first day on the bike this year, I did half a day on the MV last November in Jerez but it was half wet, half dry so today was good to get out there. It was fully dry so I learned a lot and I'm quite happy with it. The bike is totally different to what I've ridden in the past but the team works really well and they've impressed me. The MV reminds me of when I was riding a Superbike because you have to pick the bike up and it doesn't really like being on the side of the tyre. It's not bad though coming from the Honda to the MV but the bikes are very different. The MV is very solid and doesn't move around much whereas the Honda was always backing into corners. I think that my riding style has been dictated by the characteristics of the Honda because Kyle Smith has the same riding style as me on the bike but I've always thought that was how I had to ride the bike. Honestly, in this class, I think the best way to ride the bike is in a straight line and not sliding it everywhere.

The electronics seem pretty fixed and the team worked really hard on that side of things over the winter. I've not had any problems with it at all today. The guys are working hard to give me everything I need and I had no issues with the electronics or the gearbox. The 'box is different to the Honda but I like how it works.

Tati Mercado, IODA Aprilia WorldSBK:
I'm very happy to be back on a Superbike! The other riders were at Jerez so today I was making sure to be careful at the start of the day. I'm very happy though because my first feelings with the bike and the team are very good. We didn't make a lot of laps today, maybe 25, but it was important to ride today for me and the team. Everything is new for everybody so it was very important to ride today. I also needed to ride so that I would know how to ride the bike because it's very different to what I have been riding for the last three years. I need to adapt and learn many things but for the first day it was ok.

The four cylinder engine of the Aprilia is very different to the two cylinder of the Ducati. The character is different and you have more RPM at the top and there's a few things for me to learn about how ride the bike. I have to get used to the Aprilia and also find my riding position. Today I was adapting my riding position on every lap to try and find out where I should be and feel what I wanted. It's normal to take that time and try and improve step by step. It's important to be patient and make sure that you make steps forward instead of rushing. The team are very good and have a lot of experience and I think that I can learn a lot from them. It's a really nice group of people to work with.

Times, courtesy of GPOne.com and Speedweek.com. Yamaha riders Van der Mark and Lowes rode without transponders.

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 WSBK Chaz Davies Ducati 1:42.954    
2 60 WSBK Michael van der Mark Yamaha 1:43.300 0.346 0.346
3 50 WSBK Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1:43.478 0.524 0.178
4 33 WSBK Marco Melandri Ducati 1:43.612 0.658 0.134
5 32 WSBK Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:43.686 0.732 0.074
6 91 WSBK Leon Haslam Kawasaki 1:43.913 0.959 0.227
7 22 WSBK Alex Lowes Yamaha 1:43.920 0.966 0.007
8 2 WSBK Leon Camier MV Agusta 1:44.067 1.113 0.147
9 12 WSBK Xavi Fores Ducati 1:44.091 1.137 0.024
10 35 WSBK Raffaele De Rosa BMW 1:44.342 1.388 0.251
11 21 WSBK Markus Reiterberger BMW 1:44.900 1.946 0.558
12 6 WSBK Stefan Bradl Honda 1:45.000 2.046 0.100
13 69 WSBK Nicky Hayden Honda 1:45.200 2.246 0.200
14 84 WSBK Riccardo Russo Yamaha 1:47.194 4.240 1.994
               
1 65 WSS Michael Canducci Kawasaki 1:47.506    
2 78 WSS Hikari Okubo Honda 1:48.841 1.335 1.335
3 70 WSS Robin Mulhauser Honda 1:48.926 1.420 0.085
4 77 WSS Kyle Ryde Kawasaki 1:48.940 1.434 0.014
               
1 12 STK Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1:45.957    
2 54 STK Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 1:46.369 0.412 0.412
3 57 STK Mike Jones Ducati 1:47.158 1.201 0.789
4 5 STK Marco Faccani BMW 1:48.229 2.272 1.071
5 19 STK Julian Puffe BMW 1:48.753 2.796 0.524
               
1 67 BSB Shane Byrne Ducati 1:44.653    
2 2 BSB Glenn Irwin Ducati 1:46.123 1.470 1.470

 

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2017 January WorldSBK Test, Day 2: Rea Leads, Savadori Makes A Splash

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The second and final day of testing at Jerez is complete for the WorldSBK series, and though the names at the top are familiar, the order is a little less clear cut than it was yesterday.

Jonathan Rea is still fastest, the reigning world champion a tenth quicker than anyone else on track, and one of only two riders to drop into the 1'39s. But behind the Kawasaki rider is not his teammate Tom Sykes, but Milwaukee Aprilia's Lorenzo Savadori. The Italian posted an impressive time in the afternoon, jumping to finish between the two Kawasakis.

Tom Sykes ended the day in third, four tenths behind teammate Rea. Both Kawasaki men fell during the day, not the only riders to crash, as Althea BMW riders Jordi Torres (WSBK) and Marco Faccani (STK1000) also fell, the two BMW men injuring their shoulders in the fall. 

The two Ducatis followed behind Sykes, Marco Melandri just edging out teeammate Chaz Davies, though there was nothing to choose between them. Nicky Hayden posted a quick time on the new Honda CBR1000RR, three quarters of a second behind Rea and just ahead of Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha, the Englishman making it five different manufacturers in the top seven on his penultimate lap.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was once again the fastest of the World Supersport riders, leading Jules Cluzel by a big margin, while Michele Rinaldi finished three tenths ahead of newcomer Mike Jones, both on the Ducatis in the Superstock 1000 class.

The teams pack up and head west now, off to the next test at Portimao.

Times from Wednesday:

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Laps
1 1 SBK Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:39.809     41
2 32 SBK Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:39.920 0.111 0.111 70
3 66 SBK Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.219 0.410 0.299 57
4 33 SBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:40.313 0.504 0.094 63
5 7 SBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:40.324 0.515 0.011 64
6 69 SBK Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.548 0.739 0.224 67
7 22 SBK Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.600 0.791 0.052 83
8 12 SBK Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R 1:40.738 0.929 0.138 56
9 6 SBK Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.854 1.045 0.116 52
10 60 SBK Michael vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.450 1.641 0.596 78
11 88 SBK Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.566 1.757 0.116 47
12 21 SBK Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000RR 1:41.578 1.769 0.012 67
13 50 SBK Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:41.886 2.077 0.308 51
14 81 SBK Jordi Torres BMW S1000RR 1:42.516 2.707 0.630 7
                 
1 63 SSP Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:44.410     48
2 16 SSP Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:45.199 0.789 0.789 81
3 70 SSP Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:45.410 1.000 0.211 68
4 10 SSP Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.507 1.097 0.097 45
5 77 SSP Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.625 1.215 0.118 72
6 78 SSP Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:45.852 1.442 0.227 71
                 
1 112 STK Michael Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R 1:43.343     55
2 57 STK Mike Jones Ducati Panigale R 1:43.670 0.327 0.327 58
3 8 STK Alessandro Valia Ducati Panigale R 1:45.261 1.918 1.591 38
4 5 STK Marco Faccani Ducati Panigale R 1:45.678 2.335 0.417 6
5 19 STK Julian Puffe BMW S1000RR 1:46.176 2.833 0.498 48
                 
1 91 BSB Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.928     58
2 212 BSB Luke Mossey Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.349 0.421 0.421 64

 

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