MOTOGP RIDERS COMMENTS ON JEREZ TESTS

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi focused on his bike’s set-up during the Jerez test and posted his fastest time of the whole weekend.

Rossi also made progress as he focused on improving his setting compared to yesterday. Though he was satisfied with his third place in the race, the Doctor is always looking for improvement and spent most of today‘s session testing small details of the set-up he hadn‘t been able to try during last weekend. He ended the day in second place with a fastest lap of 1‘38,550, 0,042s off his teammate‘s time.

Valentino Rossi:

“This testing day was positive. We didn‘t have many things to try, just some small detail of set up. We focused on improving the bike compared to yesterday and I am very happy because we could also improve the time we did in qualifying. I was happy with the podium in Jerez, it was a positive weekend, but we could have done better, so today we focused on the bike‘s set-up. We tried some solutions that we couldn‘t try during the race weekend. The results of these tests were interesting. In two weeks we will be at Le Mans and we have to do a good weekend. I like the track a lot, but first I need a few days off!”

Due to fatigue from his injury and in order to give him a chance to recover, Marc – who finished second yesterday – only tested for two hours but it was important to receive his feedback on the new swingarm HRC brought from Japan. Marc completed 31 laps with his best time 1’38.968 placing him 5th fastest.Marc Marquez: “I’m happy with the work we have done today. I put in a few laps, as we planned last night, basically just to test out a swingarm. HRC engineers wanted us to analyse it to find out if we could use it in the coming races, to see where we can improve and which direction to continue working in. We have drawn some very positive conclusions that have allowed us to improve in some aspects today, and we have obtained a lot of information for further development with things that have been a little bit more difficult, for example corner entry.”

CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow tried out a new swingarm at the Jerez test as he ended the day as the fastest Honda.Cal Crutchlow: “We tested a lot today – we had a few things to go through. We didn’t need to do so many laps though, I think it was over 60 fast laps and I was happy with that, we didn’t see the point in doing 100 laps if they weren’t fast! We went a lot faster than during the race yesterday, but that’s always the case. If we had the race today I think we’d have been a bit faster over the race distance after going through the settings we needed to. We’ve been struggling with rear grip, and also with initial braking too – compared to Marc Marquez anyway and his style is different so it’s hard to compare too much. He’s actually also had the rear grip problems too, so we both tested a new swing-arm and took some positives from that. It was good for Honda that they got some information from another rider that’s competitive, and it’s nice for me to be able to do that test for them.”


Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Espargaro tested a new swingarm and worked on his electronics package in an effort to improve traction on his GSX-RR. Aleix Espargaro: “It’s been a good day of testing. We worked to improve traction and to better understand both the positives and negatives of what we have tested. Today said to me that probably a hard front tyre would have been better in yesterday’s race, but the other thing is that we improved a lot the feeling with the traction of the bike. We tested both a different swingarm and electronics software, finally collecting a lot of information on what works best and what is worse. At this point I feel that we have a very competitive package, it’s not a matter of pure power any more but to exploit better what we have available. With my engineers we worked on some new ideas and finally we found some very interesting paths to follow for the future.”WFR CH VH. H MNV. 3

Bradley Smith after battling to 8th on Sunday’s 27 lap MotoGP race, the young British rider undertook an in depth test and focused on solving the issues that he was experiencing during the weekend as well as sampling new suspension forks and alternative electronic settings. The 23 year old rider finished the session under the Andalusian sun with a best time of 1’39.339 after completing a total of 41 laps around the 4.4 kilometre circuit which he set on his final lap of the day. 

 Bradley Smith: “Overall, the test was very productive for us today. After the weekend that we had, we did a great job to fix the issues we were experiencing. The day started in a great way as we found the answer to solve 75% of our troubles straight away during our first run. Yet, at the same time, it’s a bit frustrating that we didn’t find this solution earlier in the week. However, that’s what technical meetings are for and we had a long one on Sunday night. It wasn’t until after the race that we thought about this specific idea and after having a look into the data, we put it straight on the bike and it worked. We were also able to try a new set of front suspension forks today which gave me a better feeling in the areas that I was struggling in and that caused me to fall in the practice sessions. All in all, it was a short test as we only did 41 laps, yet we accomplished everything that we set out to do, with electronics and suspension. Now, I look confidently towards the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s home race at Le Mans.”

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One thought on “MOTOGP RIDERS COMMENTS ON JEREZ TESTS

  1. Reblogged this on The Road to Revelation and commented:
    As much as I LOVE cycling, this is the pinnacle of two-wheeled sports…sorry my push-bike friends…
    There is NOTHING like twisting a throttle, tipping into a corner and dragging a knee. Your BEST corner on your favorite descent can’t even compare, trust me. I have done both and it’s no contest! lol

    “Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi focused on his bike’s set-up during the Jerez test and posted his fastest time of the whole weekend.”

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