Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa were back on track in Jerez for a one-day Official Post-Race Test, finding sunny and fair weather conditions that were similar to yesterday’s race, with air and ground temperatures of 27° and 42° C, respectively.
The Repsol Honda men worked on HRC’s intense testing program, which included a new swingarm and a fairing with new winglets, and tried three new front tyres brought by Michelin for the test.
Marc was fastest for the day with his time of 1’39.313 on lap 11 of 91, despite a small crash without consequences in turn 2 during his last run. Dani finished the day fifth with a time of 1’39.646 on lap 65 of 76.
1’39.313 91 LAPS
“We’re satisfied after today because we tested out a lot of different things. We not only tried some new winglets and a new swingarm, but we also did a lot of laps to try to understand or rule out different setups. The most striking thing for people was our testing three different winglets. The aerodynamic side of things had a lot of untapped potential; now that this has been opened up, we can work a lot on this aspect because there seems to be no limit to what you can do with it. We also tested three different front tyres today, but the one that we used this weekend was working well too”.
1’39.646 76 LAPS
“Today we basically tried to improve on the feeling we had in yesterday’s race. It’s been a strange day, because the weather was fantastic and the asphalt offered a very good level of grip, but the lap times weren’t much different to what we saw over the Grand Prix weekend. We tried different suspension options and found some solutions that allowed us to have more grip when riding out of corners. We also worked on corner entry, trying to get the bike quicker both in the fast turns and on entry to the slower corners. At the end we tested three different front-tyre compounds and one of them was clearly better than what we currently have, which is positive.”
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||1’39.313|
|2||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1’39.332|
|3||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||1’39.536|
|4||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1’39.632|
|5||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||1’39.646|
|6||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||1’39.682|
|7||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||1’39.812|
|8||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||1’39.879|
|9||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1’39.942|
|10||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||1’40.027|
|11||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1’40.335|
|12||HERNANDEZ Yonny||68||COL||Aspar MotoGP Team||1’40.351|
|13||BRADL Stefan||6||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1’40.674|
|14||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1’40.681|
|15||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||1’40.844|
|16||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1’40.919|
|17||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1’40.960|
|18||PIRRO Michele||51||ITA||Ducati Team||1’41.442|
|19||LAVERTY Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar MotoGP Team||1’41.462|