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Marc-Marquez-2016Championship 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.

Marc Marquez

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”.

Dani Pedrosa

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.”

Results Session

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team1’39.313
2LORENZO Jorge99SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’39.332
3VINALES Maverick25SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’39.536
4ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’39.632
5PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team1’39.646
6ESPARGARO Aleix41SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’39.682
7CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR Honda1’39.812
8IANNONE Andrea29ITADucati Team1’39.879
9ESPARGARO Pol44SPAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’39.942
10DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team1’40.027
11SMITH Bradley38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’40.335
12HERNANDEZ Yonny68COLAspar MotoGP Team1’40.351
13BRADL Stefan6GERAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’40.674
14MILLER Jack43AUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1’40.681
15REDDING Scott45GBROcto Pramac Racing1’40.844
16RABAT Tito53SPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1’40.919
17BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’40.960
18PIRRO Michele51ITADucati Team1’41.442
19LAVERTY Eugene50IREAspar MotoGP Team1’41.462
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