teams remained at Jerez in Spain for additional day of testing Monday following a remarkable race
in which Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa
scored his first win of the season. Pedrosa’s teammate, Marc Marquez, made headlines with his second-place finish and the conspicuous bump it took to get him there, but in testing Marquez proved the fastest rider on track. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow
posted a lap 0.092 adrift of Marquez to finish second-fastest, followed by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo
in third and Pedrosa in fourth.
“Today was a very positive day of testing for us,” said Marquez, who completed a total of 63 laps on Monday. “We started with the base from yesterday, to focus on some problems we had in the race and we managed to find solutions quickly. We tried some new settings with the front forks, rear suspension and electronics. Some things went better than others, but the important thing is that we were consistent, which is what matters in MotoGP. We hope that what we did today helps us over the next few races.”
Crutchlow logged 67 laps, but stated in a team PR that he didn’t come away with any major improvements. Lorenzo cited a poor start as one of the mistakes he made during Sunday’s race, so he practiced numerous starts on Monday and put in a total of 81 laps, making him the hardest working man on track during the test. The Mallorcan reported to have found a similar feeling on the bike as he had in 2012, which may be a boon as he fights to regain the overall points lead in Round 4 at Le Mans, where he won comfortably last year.
Rossi trailed Pedrosa by 0.418 seconds, finishing the test in fifth. The Doctor spent his 61 laps testing a new chassis, but remains unsure which he’ll use in the coming round. Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista posted the sixth-fastest lap, followed by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in seventh and his teammate, Nicky Hayden, in eighth. The Ducati duo got to ride the new development bikes that test rider Michele Pirro raced on Sunday.
“It was interesting to try the bike with the new frame, which we should have soon to use in the races, although I still don’t know exactly when,” explained Dovizioso. “We were able to do a comparison with my current bike, and the lap time wasn’t bad at all, while corner entry is better, especially in fast turns. This is the first true change this year, and although it’s not as big as I’d hoped, we’re going in the right direction.”
LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl was ninth, followed by Crutchlow’s teammate, Bradley Smith, in 10th. Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera was fastest among CRT riders in 11th, posting a lap 1.3 seconds slower than Marquez’s top time.
MotoGP Mid-Season Jerez Test Results 2013:
1. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’38.824
2. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’38.916
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’38.958
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’38.979
5. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’39.397
6. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’39.457
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1’39.524
8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’39.643
9. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’39.894
10. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’40.009
11. Hector Barbera (FTR) 1’40.197
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (FTR) 1’40.730
13. Claudio Corti (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’40.958
14. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda-Suter) 1’41.029
15. Michael Laverty (PBM) 1’41.045
16. Bryan Staring (FTR-Honda) 1’41.181
17. Colin Edwards (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’41.591
18. Yonny Hernandez (ART) 1’41.763
19. Lukas Pesek (Ioda-Suter) 1’43.017