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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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2017 January WorldSBK Test, Day 1: Rea Kicks Off New Season On Top

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The 2017 season is now officially underway, as bikes roll back out for testing. First up are the denizens of the WorldSBK series, with most of the major teams getting underway at a sunny but not especially warm Jerez de la Frontera circuit. A good selection of teams are present, including the Kawaski, Honda, Yamaha, Ducati factory teams, the Milwaukee Aprilia squad - now resplendent in their official 2017 colors - the Althea BSB team, and Puccetti Kawasaki. The WorldSBK riders are joined by the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team from BSB, as well as a selection of World Supersport and Superstock 1000 riders.

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea topped the timesheets, starting the new season where he left off the previous one. Rea was a quarter of a second faster than his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, and six tenths quicker than Chaz Davies on the Aruba.it Ducati. 

Marco Melandri put in a strong showing on his return to WorldSBK, ending just under three hundredths off the pace of Ducati teammate Davies. Alex Lowes was the fastest Yamaha rider, nine tenths off the pace of Rea.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was the fastest of the World Supersport riders, over half a second ahead of Jules Cluzel, and just ahead of Nacho Calero. Marco Faccani was the quickest in the Superstock 1000 class.

Tuesday was also a day for debuts. The Ten Kate (soon to be Red Bull) Honda team rolled out the brand new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade at Jerez, a bike with a very different sounding exhaust note. The brand new Yamaha R6 was out on track too, with Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias riding what looked to be an almost standard road bike. Neither of the official GRT riders were using a transponder.

Times at the end of Tuesday:

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Laps
1 1 SBK Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.162     60
2 66 SBK Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.422 0.260 0.260 61
3 7 SBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:40.784 0.622 0.362 68
4 33 SBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:40.812 0.650 0.028 71
5 22 SBK Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.058 0.896 0.246 55
6 12 SBK Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R 1:41.396 1.234 0.338 50
7 32 SBK Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:41.416 1.254 0.020 55
8 81 SBK Jordi Torres BMW S1000RR 1:41.619 1.457 0.203 65
9 69 SBK Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.830 1.668 0.211 36
10 60 SBK Michael vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.908 1.746 0.078 67
11 50 SBK Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:42.142 1.980 0.234 52
12 6 SBK Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:42.255 2.093 0.113 47
13 21 SBK Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000RR 1:42.530 2.368 0.275 61
14 88 SBK Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.747 2.585 0.217 44
                 
1 63 SSP Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.658     44
2 16 SSP Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:46.182 0.524 0.524 52
3 10 SSP Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.345 0.687 0.163 60
4 70 SSP Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:46.479 0.821 0.134 55
5 77 SSP Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.729 1.071 0.250 52
6 78 SSP Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:47.107 1.449 0.378 64
                 
1 5 STK Marco Faccani Ducati Panigale R 1:43.769     26
2 112 STK Michael Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R 1:44.023 0.254 0.254 70
3 57 STK Mike Jones Ducati Panigale R 1:44.211 0.442 0.188 53
4 8 STK Alessandro Valia Ducati Panigale R 1:46.256 2.487 2.045 26
5 19 STK Julian Puffe BMW S1000RR 1:46.932 3.163 0.676 53
                 
1 91 BSB Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.774     52
2 212 BSB Luke Mossey Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:43.574 0.800 0.800 35

 

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2016 Superprestigio Superfinal Result: Marc Marquez Comfortably Beats Elias And Baker

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Marc Marquez has taken revenge at the event he helped to create, winning the 2016 edition of the Superprestigio in dominant style. The 2016 MotoGP champion had dominated the qualifying heats, and chose the inside gate to start from. Though he dropped behind the excellent French Supermoto champion Tom Chareyre off the line, he entered the first corner in good position, with AMA star Brad Baker tight on his tail. The pair quickly slid through to take the lead.

In previous years, Baker was capable of taking the fight to Marquez and beating the Spaniard, but this time, Baker struggled. Marquez quickly built up a lead that would not be challenged. Baker, meanwhile, had trouble behind him, with Toni Elias sliding inside him to take second, leaving Baker to battle with Chareyre for the final podium spot. Chareyre tried one hard move on up the inside with a couple of laps to go, but Baker kept the door closed, and Chareyre went down after hitting the inside of Baker's Honda. A disappointed Baker crossed the line to take third. 

Results of the Superfinal:

Pos No Rider Nation Bike Time
1 93 Marc Marquez ESP Honda 16 laps
2 24 Toni Elias ESP Suzuki 0.715
3 6 Brad Baker USA Honda 4.583
4 19 Xavier Simeon BEL Suzuki 7.594
5 17 Gerard Bailo ESP Suzuki 8.203
6 23 Marcel Schrotter GER Suzuki 9.301
7 77 Ferran Cardus ESP Suzuki 1 lap
8 4 Thomas Chareyre FRA TM 1 lap

 

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2016 Superprestigio Qualifying Practice Times

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Qualifying for the Superprestigio at Barcelona saw Marc Marquez top the timesheets, both in the Superprestigio class and overall. The Spaniard posted a time 12.054 seconds on the 180 meter track. Former Moto2 champion and current MotoAmerica Yoshimura Suzuki rider Toni Elias was second fastest, just under a tenth of a second slower than Marquez, while Tech 3 rider Xavi Vierge was third quickest.

In the Open class, it was Supermoto champion Tom Chareyre who set the quickest time, ahead of Spanish Flat Track championship runner up Genis Gelada, and Japanese bike drifting specialist Masatoshi Ohmori. Former AMA Grand Champion Brad Baker was fourth quickest, less than seven hundredths slower than Chareyre and over a tenth off the time of Marc Marquez. During yesterday's press conference, however, Baker said he would be concentrating on consistency rather than outright speed, as he believes that the race will be won by the rider who makes the fewest mistakes and has the best pace.

Qualifying practice times count only to for the qualifying groups, with the fastest riders being seeded first and being allowed to choose their grid positions first.

Qualifying heats start at 6:30pm, with the Superfinal due to take place at 9:11pm local time.

Superprestigio class

Pos No Rider Nation Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez ESP Honda 12.054    
2 24 Toni Elias ESP Suzuki 12.139 0.085 0.085
3 97 Xavi Vierge ESP Tech3 12.210 0.156 0.071
4 36 Joan Mir ESP Honda 12.228 0.174 0.018
5 75 Albert Arenas ESP KTM 12.229 0.175 0.001
6 23 Marcel Schrotter GER Suzuki 12.251 0.197 0.022
7 12 Xavi Forés ESP Suzuki 12.293 0.239 0.042
8 88 Ricky Cardus ESP Suzuki 12.323 0.269 0.030
9 15 Dani Ribalta ESP Honda 12.330 0.276 0.007
10 73 Alex Marquez ESP Honda 12.340 0.286 0.010
11 19 Xavier Simeon BEL Suzuki 12.347 0.293 0.007
12 8 Jorge Martin ESP Honda 12.409 0.355 0.062
13 111 Ruben Xaus AND Pursang 12.414 0.360 0.005
14 31 Carmelo Morales ESP Yamaha 12.423 0.369 0.009
15 11 Vincent Philippe FRA Suzuki 12.435 0.381 0.012
16 60 Julian Simon ESP Yamaha 12.447 0.393 0.012
17 42 Marcos Ramirez ESP Honda 12.460 0.406 0.013
18 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Honda 12.484 0.430 0.024
19 18 Nico Terol ESP Suzuki 12.559 0.505 0.075
20 29 Raul Fernandez ESP Husqvarna 12.579 0.525 0.020
21 1 Kyle Smith GBR Honda 12.599 0.545 0.020
22 2 Jesko Raffin SUI Yamaha 12.649 0.595 0.050
23 81 Jordi Torres ESP Honda 12.665 0.611 0.016

Open class

Pos No Rider Nation Bike Time Diff Prev
1 4 Thomas Chareyre FRA TM 12.122    
2 72 Genis Gelada ESP Honda 12.172 0.050 0.050
3 70 Masatoshi Ohmori JAP Suzuki 12.183 0.061 0.011
4 6 Brad Baker USA Honda 12.191 0.069 0.008
5 77 Ferran Cardus ESP Suzuki 12.195 0.073 0.004
6 124 Oliver Brindley GBR Kawasaki 12.233 0.111 0.038
7 17 Gerard Bailo ESP Suzuki 12.279 0.157 0.046
8 181 Gianni Borgiotti ITA Suzuki 12.292 0.170 0.013
9 10 Francesco Cecchini ITA TM 12.336 0.214 0.044
10 38 George Pickering GBR KTM 12.339 0.217 0.003
11 215 Ferran Sastre ESP Kawasaki 12.344 0.222 0.005
12 66 Fredrik Lindgren SWE Honda 12.346 0.224 0.002
13 213 Jaume Gaya ESP Honda 12.354 0.232 0.008
14 179 Guillermo Cano ESP Honda 12.355 0.233 0.001
15 64 Sylvain Bidart FRA Honda 12.434 0.312 0.079
16 79 Josep Piedra ESP Husqvarna 12.446 0.324 0.012
17 34 Jordi Casas ESP Honda 12.494 0.372 0.048
18 121 Joan Noguera ESP Yamaha 12.526 0.404 0.032
19 30 Alan Birtwistle GBR Honda 12.529 0.407 0.003
20 48 Emanuele Marzotto ITA Yamaha 12.558 0.436 0.029
21 20 Toby Hales GBR Husqvarna 12.565 0.443 0.007
22 971 Tom Edwards AUS Suzuki 12.693 0.571 0.128

 

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Jerez Test Friday Times: Pirro Fastest On Day Lost To Rain

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The final day of testing at Jerez saw little testing happening, with most of the teams having packed up and headed home. The weather had given them little reason to stay: it was a rain-soaked day, with the weather getting worse in the afternoon. Only the factory Ducati World Superbike team, Ducati MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro, Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda, Yamaha World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark, KTM test rider Mika Kallio and Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama set a time, with Tsuda and Ducati's Chaz Davies putting in the most laps.

Testing is now over for the year. The teams and factories head back home to work on the data they have collected, ready for the resumption of hostilities in the new year. The World Superbike field will be the first to return to the track in mid-January, while MotoGP follows a couple of weeks later in Sepang.

Results:

Pos No Series Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 MotoGP Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 1:51.651    
2 12 MotoGP Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:53.626 1.975 1.975
3 36 MotoGP Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:53.814 2.163 0.188
4 72 MotoGP Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V 1:54.326 2.675 0.512
5 7 WSBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:54.446 2.795 0.120
6 33 WSBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:54.567 2.916 0.121
7 60 WSBK Michael VD Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:56.363 4.712 1.796

 

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Jerez Test Friday Times: Pirro Fastest On Day Lost To Rain

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The final day of testing at Jerez saw little testing happening, with most of the teams having packed up and headed home. The weather had given them little reason to stay: it was a rain-soaked day, with the weather getting worse in the afternoon. Only the factory Ducati World Superbike team, Ducati MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro, Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda, Yamaha World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark, KTM test rider Mika Kallio and Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama set a time, with Tsuda and Ducati's Chaz Davies putting in the most laps.

Testing is now over for the year. The teams and factories head back home to work on the data they have collected, ready for the resumption of hostilities in the new year. The World Superbike field will be the first to return to the track in mid-January, while MotoGP follows a couple of weeks later in Sepang.

Results:

Pos No Series Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 MotoGP Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 1:51.651    
2 12 MotoGP Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:53.626 1.975 1.975
3 36 MotoGP Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:53.814 2.163 0.188
4 72 MotoGP Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V 1:54.326 2.675 0.512
5 7 WSBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:54.446 2.795 0.120
6 33 WSBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:54.567 2.916 0.121
7 60 WSBK Michael VD Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:56.363 4.712 1.796

 

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Jerez Test Thursday Times: Jonathan Rea Beats MotoGP Bikes

The fourth day of the Jerez combined MotoGP and WorldSBK test saw the World Superbike stars come to the fore. At the end of the day, it was Jonathan Rea who blew the field away, using a Pirelli qualifier to go faster than both WorldSBK and MotoGP riders alike. Rea had spent the early part of the day running a 20-lap race simulation, before chasing a fast lap to leave the test on later in the day.  

Rea's time was fast by any standards. It was half a second quicker than Tom Sykes' pole record from earlier in the year, and even faster than Valentino Rossi's pole time during the MotoGP round back in May. That comparison is not entirely straightforward: temperatures during the MotoGP weekend were much higher (the WorldSBK Pirellis work much better in cooler temperatures than the MotoGP Michelins), and Michelin were still struggling at Jerez with the aftermath of the rear tire problems which had emerged in Argentina.

Rea was not alone in being so fast. Three of the top five times were set by World Superbike riders, with Chaz Davies third quickest (and also just under the pole lap record) and Tom Sykes fifth fastest. 

Alvaro Bautista was quickest of the MotoGP riders. With Andrea Iannone having headed home, the Ducatis had the field almost to themselves, with seven of the top eight times set by riders on Desmosedicis of varying spec. Bautista led the way on the Aspar GP16, ahead of Loris Baz on the GP15. Hector Barbera was third quickest MotoGP rider, once again on a GP16, just ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia.

Track action was curtailed or abandoned for several riders. Andrea Iannone had completed his workload on Wednesday, and did not ride, though test rider Takuya Tsuda did take his bike out for a spin. Sam Lowes, still suffering after his big crash at Valencia, did only limited laps, not able to ride the bike to full effect. The Milwaukee Aprilia WorldSBK team were also absent, having finished up their test on Wednesday.

Over in Sepang, Yamaha wrapped up their final test of the year. As it was a private test, there was no news out of it, apart from the usual tweets from team members expressing their happiness with how the test went. Unofficial and unconfirmed lap times had Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales both very close in times, and lapping in the low 2'00s, while the Tech 3 riders were said to have improved. An official statement from Yamaha has yet to be received.

Official times from Thursday:

MotoGP
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 19 Álvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:38.946    
2 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:39.184 0.238 0.238
3 8 Héctor Barberá Ducati GP16 1:39.542 0.596 0.358
4 41 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.675 0.729 0.133
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:39.766 0.820 0.091
6 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:39.776 0.830 0.010
7 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 1:39.887 0.941 0.111
8 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:39.985 1.039 0.098
9 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:40.307 1.361 0.322
10 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:40.505 1.559 0.198
11 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.942 1.996 0.437
12 72 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V 1:41.003 2.057 0.061
13 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:41.621 2.675 0.618
14 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:42.312 3.366 0.691
             
WorldSBK
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.721    
2 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:39.116 0.395 0.395
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:39.461 0.740 0.345
4 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:39.694 0.973 0.233
5 122 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.142 1.421 0.448
6 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta F4 1:40.693 1.972 0.551
7 60 Michael Vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.328 2.607 0.635

 

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Jerez Test Wednesday Times: Barbera Fastest In MotoGP, Rea Dominates WorldSBK

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Wednesday saw some MotoGP teams join an expanded World Superbike field at Jerez for the first day of combined testing, and the first day with official timing. With the weather much improved, it was a busy day with teams spending a lot of time on track.

At the end of the day, the Ducatis led the way in MotoGP, Hector Barbera and Loris Baz putting the Avintia team on top, ahead of the Aspar Team's Alvaro Bautista. Scott Redding ended up as fourth fastest, a thousandth of a second quicker than Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia.

Among the World Superbike riders, it was Jonathan Rea stamping his authority on the class, nearly seven tenths quicker than his main rival from 2016 Chaz Davies. Most impressive of all was that the time Rea set on his Kawasaki ZX-10R World Superbike machine was just over a tenths of a second slower than Hector Barbera's time on the Ducati GP16 MotoGP machine, and the second fastest time of the day. Even more impressive was the fact that Rea set his time on a used race tire from October, rather than a new qualifier or experimental tire.

There was plenty for the MotoGP teams to test at Jerez. All of the Ducati riders bar Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro on the GP17 bikes were riding without winglets, ready for 2017. Ducati were sticking to their program of testing the GP17 with the wings to continue their evaluation of the changes to the chassis. The are expected to roll out a wingless version of the GP17 at the Sepang test for the first time.

Though the Repsol Honda team was absent, evaluation continued on the new big bang motor for the RC213V. Jack Miller got his hands on the engine for the first time, while test rider Hiroshi Aoyama used the old engine.

There were some notable absentees. Alex Rins could not join his new Suzuki teammate Andrea Iannone as he is still recovering from fracturing the T8 and T12 vertebrae in a testing crash at Valencia. Pol Espargaro was still banned from testing the KTM by Yamaha, leaving the test work to Mika Kallio and Bradley Smith. Worth noting was the fact that Kallio was half a second quicker than Smith on Wednesday. 

The factory Yamaha and Tech 3 riders were also absent, busy testing out in a very private test at Sepang. There has been no news from there, the media having been banned from attending the test. The only communication has been a post by Maverick Viñales on his Instagram account, declaring him "very happy".

Official times from Wednesday:

MotoGP
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 8 Héctor Barberá Ducati GP16 1:39.614    
2 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:39.806 0.192 0.192
3 19 Álvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:39.862 0.248 0.056
4 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:40.085 0.471 0.223
5 41 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia RS-GP 1:40.086 0.472 0.001
6 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 1:40.092 0.478 0.006
7 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.149 0.535 0.057
8 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:40.340 0.726 0.191
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:40.432 0.818 0.092
10 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:40.484 0.870 0.052
11 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:41.889 2.275 1.405
12 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:42.003 2.389 0.114
13 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:42.362 2.748 0.359
14 72 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V 1:42.531 2.917 0.169
15 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:43.021 3.407 0.490
             
WorldSBK
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:39.739    
2 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:40.409 0.670 0.670
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.611 0.872 0.202
4 122 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.985 1.246 0.374
5 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:41.048 1.309 0.063
6 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:41.288 1.549 0.240
7 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta F4 1:41.486 1.747 0.198
8 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:41.692 1.953 0.206
9 60 Michael Vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.830 2.091 0.138

 

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