Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez topped the timesheet in a post-Grand Prix test at Jerez, lapping a 1’38.737 half-way through his schedule. The lap time is six-tenths of a second slower than the circuit record the defending world champion set just days before, but was two-tenths quicker than Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who finished the test day in second-place. Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, posted the third-fastest time.
"Today went rather well and we were able to draw some very positive conclusions,” said Marquez. “We didn't really have anything important to test out, but there were some things that you don't have time to look at over during a Grand Prix weekend; things like the electronics, the start strategy or some different setups. Despite feeling comfortable, we tested things out in order to have some ideas for the future. We tried a different rear suspension but in the end I went back to what we basically had used throughout the weekend. I felt most comfortable with it that way."
Lorenzo took time to fine-tune his electronics package as well, though also tested a new swingarm, while Rossi worked on chassis settings.
Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished the day in fourth-place ahead of Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, in fifth. Both Honda riders spent considerable time working with suspension and chassis settings.
LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl overcame the arm pump that had plagued him during the previous race weekend, completing 70 laps and finishing sixth-fastest. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro placed seventh, adjusting settings to improve feel with a full fuel load. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro prepared for upcoming rounds and spent time readying his second bike, one he hasn’t used since qualifying in Qatar.
Espargaro’s teammate, Colin Edwards, was absent from the test and in his stead was current NGM Mobile Forward Racing Moto2 rider Simone Corsi.
“Today I had the great opportunity to test the MotoGP Machine and it was an incredible experience,” explained Corsi. “I completed 45 laps to get confidence with the Forward Yamaha and I’m satisfied. There are so many differences with the Moto2 in terms of power, acceleration and electronics. The MotoGP is very physically demanding, so I preferred to concentrate all the work in the morning. I’d like to thank the team for this opportunity.”
Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow abstained from testing, leaving duties to Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who finished 13th. Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden was also absent, sitting out to rest his wrist, which became swollen following the previous day’s race.
MotoGP Jerez Test Results 2014
1. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’38.737
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamha) 1’38.999
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’39.063
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’39.377
5. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’39.635
6. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’39.713
7. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 1’39.780
8. Aleix Espargaro (Forward-Yamaha) 1’39.797
9. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’39.840
10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’39.881
11. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’40.077
12. Scott Redding (Honda) 1’40.276
13. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 1’40.717
14. Karel Abraham (Honda) 1’40.723
15. Hector Barbera (Avintia) 1’41.231
16. Michael Laverty (PBM) 1’41.357
17. Broc Parkes (PBM) 1’41.925
18. Simone Corsi (Forward-Yamaha) 1’42.333
19. Mike di Meglio (Avintia) 1’42.912