2015 MOTOGP RIDERS AND TEAMS

MotoGP commenced a three-day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia as part of Preparations for the 2015 Season. The highlight of the Test were New riders, new bikes, new teams and respective riders adorning their new livery and testing with their ?New Bikes and Teams.

Below are some extracts gotten from MotoGP.com on features on some of the new riders and their experience on the Test

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Baz was the first to enter the track, followed immediately after by Bradl. The former Moto2™ World Champion completed 50 laps in total, setting a best lap time of 1’32.209, finishing in 12th position. Bradl’s first impression of the Forward Yamaha was very positive and tomorrow he will continue his work on the bike, especially on the electronics.

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Having competed all season on a 250cc bike in Moto3, Jack Miller got his first taste of the CWM LCR Honda Open machine, and began to learn his way around the track on the 1000cc beast.

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Factory Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro registered a solid best lap of 1’32.315 to end up 14th on the Monday test timesheet to register the full return of Suzuki GSX-RR to MotoGP

IMG_4271.JPGMaverick Viñales was less than a second behind Aleix and commented on his first contact with the Suzuki MotoGP bike,

IMG_4283.JPGAndrea Iannone completed 39 laps on his first outing in Ducati Team colours, setting a quickest time of 1’31.465 and finishing the day in fifth place.

IMG_4268.JPGNew DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Eugene Laverty took the opportunity to get used to his new bike in the wet, the Irishman again expressing his surprise at the performance of the rear tyre but warning that there is a lot of work to be done on the electronics.

IMG_4274.JPGThe 21 year-old Scott Redding has previous experience in the rain aboard the Honda RCV1000R, but he was immediately impressed with how much of an advantage the factory electronics and the seamless gearbox on the RC213V offered over the Open Class bike in the wet.

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Pramac Racing’s new recruit Danilo Petrucci was the rider to go fastest, although he did suffer a spill in the rain at the Spanish track. Petrucci felt comfortable with his Ducati GP14 completing 23 laps, with the fastest time of the day being his 1’42.431. Petrucci also set the highest top speed with 314.1 km/h.

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Cal Crutchlow enters his fifth season in MotoGP in 2015, and quickly got to grips with his new Honda RC213V, the third different machine he has ridden in the premier class. The Coventry-born rider spent the day adjusting the bike to his personal preferences, making a series of short runs as he lapped for the first time on the Honda.

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Alvaro Bautista Onboard his Factory Aprilia

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Marco Melandri returns to Grand Prix fresh from the conclusion of the 2014 Superbike season, also with Aprilia Racing, where he took six wins and another five podiums which contributed significantly to the WSBK Manufacturer Title that the brand won.

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