The second day of MotoGP testing at Jerez proved better than expected. Though most riders kept in their respective garages during the morning hours thanks to a semi-wet, greasy track, by the afternoon there was a dry line around the circuit that allowed competitors to push much harder than on Day 1. Rains came just before the end of the session, but most riders were able to log 30-plus laps during the day. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi topped the timesheet, besting his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, by 0.015 on his fastest lap. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was third-fastest followed by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in fourth.
Rossi led the pack for much of the day, finding a new set-up amenable to his riding style. He cut nearly 10 seconds off his best effort on Day 1.
“Today's test session was very positive for us,” said Rossi. “I’m so happy, especially because we used a different style of setting. It is very important for us to understand this setting, which can help and affect my riding style to ride the bike in a better way and stay more constant, especially with good lap times on old tires.
“To make the first position with a time of 39.5 is good and also being as fast as Jorge. Me and my team are very happy with the pace and I think we will try to continue to work on this way.”
Lorenzo focused on his electronics and suspension settings during Day 2. He struggled at points in the corners with lack of grip and a feeling of instability on the bike, but was pleased overall with his performance. Crutchlow gained speed throughout the day and was happy to have maintained a consistent pace throughout the session.
Dani Pedrosa didn't get to run through his entire program of testing on Day 2 at Jerez, but he posted the fourth-fastest time nonetheless.
Pedrosa focused on dialing-in his rear shock and electronics, but was unable to complete his full scheduled program of testing once the rains began to fall again.
“Today we were lucky enough to be able to complete some dry laps which was important, even though the track was quite dirty,” said Pedrosa. “We reconfirmed some things from the other tests here at a different track, nothing really new. Unfortunately we were not able to complete the whole program before the rain came again but happy that we did some laps.”
Factory Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso, trailed Pedrosa by a slight margin in fifth. Dovi, and his teammate, Nicky Hayden, focused on improving the weight distribution on their GP13s, an area they devoted significant attention to during previous testing at Sepang.
“Looking at the result, you could certainly say the gap of seven tenths isn’t bad, but you can’t really refer to the times because it will probably be dry tomorrow and the track will be faster,” said Dovizioso. “Today we did a number of tests with the setup, and I’m curious to see what we can do tomorrow. Anyway, there are a number of aspects we have to work on because we’re still behind.”
Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista posted the sixth-fastest time, followed by Pedrosa’s teammate, Marc Marquez, in seventh.
LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl came in eighth, followed by Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone in ninth and Hayden in 10th. Iannone posted times within the top-five early in the session, but went down after 15 laps and lost valuable track time recovering from the incident. Hayden was in position to test a new tire late in the day, but the late rains kept him from pushing for a better lap time.
Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera was the fastest CRT rider in 11th, followed by Crutchlow’s teammate, Bradley Smith, in 12th. Smith got a welcome opportunity during the session when he found himself in pursuit of Rossi, allowing him to mimic the Doctor’s lines and style on the M1.
“We tried some set-up modifications to get an idea about my feedback and at that point we realized that we were going in the wrong direction and just as we came back to what I liked it started raining and that was a shame,” said Smith. “I still need to improve a lot but the gap to the first six is not as big as Sepang and that is a positive. I followed Valentino for a short time today and it was a very interesting experience. I could pick up some things about riding technique and I could understand that I need to be a little smoother."
The final day of testing is set for Monday March 25th.
MotoGP Jerez Test Day 2 Results 2013:
1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’39.525
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’39.540
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’39.574
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’39.630
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1’40.322
6. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’40.686
7. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’40.714
8. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’40.783
9. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’41.088
10. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’41.325
11. Hector Barbera (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’41.376
12. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’41.398
13. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 1’41.444
14. Danilo Petrucci (Suter-BMW) 1’41.529
15. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 1’41.603
16. Randy de Puniet (ART) 1’41.686
17. Claudio Corti (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’41.701
18. Ben Spies (Ducati) 1’41.702
19. Karel Abraham (ART) 1’41.916
20. Yonny Hernandez (ART) 1’42.050
21. Bryan Staring (FTR-Honda) 1’42.107
22. Colin Edwards (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’42.154
23. Hiroshi Aoyama (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’43.959
24. Michael Laverty (ART) 1’44.185
25. Lukas Pesek (Suter-BMW) 1’44.874