II MotoGP Test at Sepang (3rd day): The riders’ statements

Publicado: 28 febrero, 2013 en MotoGP World Championship (english)
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DANI PEDROSA (1st – 2’00”562 / Repsol Honda): “This morning we were able to try out the wet weather setup; it was only for a short time, but nevertheless we were able to put in some laps with it. In the afternoon, with the track dry and with slicks, we continued working on suspension settings. Overall, it’s been a positive three days. Now we’re off to Austin, and this is going to be an interesting test for the team and for myself. We’ve never ridden there and it’s a new track.”

MARC MARQUEZ (2nd – 2’00”643 / Repsol Honda): “It’s been a good day, overall. In the morning we rode in the wet and I felt very good on the bike, even though I had a small crash. I clipped the white line and lost the front, but neither myself nor the bike were affected at all. When the track dried out we went back to our work on the electronics and with the bike setup -above all with the front. On the initial laps I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the front end and had another small crash at the hairpin when I was forcing it a bit too much. In the final hour we set the bike up the way we had been fastest at this test, and I think that we got a good time again with it. We can leave here feeling positive about how things went.”

JORGE LORENZO (3rd – 2’00”992 / Yamaha Factory Racing): “The practice was wet at the beginning of the day so we exited and tried the bike on the wet. It wasn’t bad, I made the fastest wet time but when the track became dryer it was never the same as yesterday. It was much more slippery and so harder to equal yesterday’s time. We made a complete simulation, it was a little worse than I expected because we had some problems with the front tyre in braking; it didn’t give me much confidence so I slowed my pace a little. The conditions were extreme this time so it was harder to equal the simulation we made in the first Sepang test.”

VALENTINO ROSSI (4th – 2’01”062 / Yamaha Factory Racing): “This test at the end is positive because we are in fourth place and not so far from the front. We are struggling a little more than the first test though; we were unlucky and suffered a little electrical problem that lost us some time and some other little problems. We tried to improve our performance and we fixed some problems but not all. The balance is positive; we have had another three days with the bike, and ridden more kilometres to take the bike back to the top and closer to the limit. Now we are looking forward to Austin.”

ALVARO BAUTISTA (5th – 2’01”078 / Go&Fun Honda Gresini): “I am delighted. Things couldn’t have gone much better than they did today. This has been an extremely useful and positive test for us. Now we know we have the tools to fight at the front but more importantly we have gained an understanding of the changes we need to make in order to make swift improvements to the set-up. My feeling with the bike was really good today. There were already some positive signs yesterday and we were able to confirm them today. I can’t wait to get back on track because I am having a lot of fun with this bike at the moment.”

CAL CRUTCHLOW (6th – 2’01”094 / Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “I am leaving this test in a positive frame of mind because I am fourth overall and although I was only sixth quickest today I actually think I could have been fastest. When everybody was pushing hard for a fast lap time at the end of the day I got held up on every lap but I am not worried about that. We have worked very hard this week to improve our package and today we gained more valuable information. I still lose a bit in the braking area and rolling into the corner. We tried to improve that but made the braking worse. But when we make the braking better we have no grip. So it is finding a compromise. We tried two different settings on the different bikes and one was better for braking and the other one was better for grip, so we need to find the best of both and put them together. I am not that far off the top three and they are all on factory machinery, so that is encouraging. To be fourth overall is very positive and I definitely think we are in the mix. My target was to be close to the factory guys and we are not too far away.”

STEFAN BRADL (7th – 2’01”309 / LCR Honda): “It has been another productive test for us! We still have to improve few tenths of a second but we did anyway good progress with the new bike. We found some interesting front suspension setting, which allowed us to increase the front tyre feeling and some new traction control map gaining a bit more drive in the corner exits. I am looking forward to discover the new circuit in Texas and continue our bike development!”

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (8th – 2’00”650 / Ducati Team): “I’m quite happy with the work we’ve done here. Yesterday we tried some rather radical changes to the setup and were able to understand something about the way for the future, while also improving my feeling. I’m now able to brake harder and enter corners faster, although we’re still not quick enough in the middle of the corner. My lap time is isn’t bad for the conditions we had today. Pirro’s ‘laboratory’ bike had some positive points, but I couldn’t improve my lap time with it because the positioning and the power delivery were different than on my bike. Anyway, we needed to understand better whether that bike is good or not, and it was positive, as it helps me with the final part of braking and the first part of corner entry. I’m very happy with how we worked at this test, with how much we were able to improve from the last test, and with how much feedback we were able to give the engineers. It will be interesting to go to Jerez for the last test and to Qatar for the first race because they’re all three completely different tracks, so we’ll be able understand more.”

NICKY HAYDEN (9th – 2’02”070 / Ducati Team): “I was faster yesterday, but that was partly because my feeling today wasn’t quite as good due to some things we were trying on the bike. Overall though, I leave here more positive than after the first test. We’ve seen some progress in terms of both the time and the consistency, and I had a better feeling with the bike and was able to improve a little more as the days went on. We closed the gap a bit, and I had a much better feeling in the rain. The turning is still the main area where we need to improve, but although we knew the beginning of the season was going to be tough, we have to stay focused and keep the course.”

BRADLEY SM ITH (10th 2’02”314 / Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “I leave this second test in Sepang positive because I know a lot more about the bike when I first got here. I sat in the garage when everybody was in time attack mode at the end and pushing for a fast lap on a new tyre. It is not that I didn’t want to go for the lap time but we are just trying to go step-by-step at the moment and look at the bigger picture. I still don’t believe that we have a base setting for me to ride but at least we have a direction of which way I prefer. Luckily for us it is towards the way Andrea Dovizioso went last year and that’s positive because we have got a whole load of data and experience from working wit h him. This is only day two of really modifying the set-up of the bike, so in terms of development we still have a lot to do. I would say we are in a lot better position now than I was at the last test although we haven’t gone faster. Now I am looking forward to working on the YZR-M1 at a different track when we go to Jerez for the final test.”

ANDREA IANNONE (11th – 2’02”566 / Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team): “My apprenticeship continues, I am more constant and the feeling with the bike is improving day by day, nevertheless I have not tried the race simulation because we’re still working on finding the best set-up. We have a lot to work on but I am very pleased with what has been achieved so far and what I could try. We’ll certainly get to Jerez with more data to be developed. My goal right now is to get closer to Ducati’s Top Team riders.”

RANDY DE PUNIET (13th – 2’02”863 / Power Electronics Aspar Team): “We continued to work on the rear grip issues we have found here at Sepang during this test, working with the rear suspension and electronics to try and get more stability under braking. We have taken small steps forward on every outing and even though the track was in bad shape again today we were able to improve on our lap times from the first test, which shows that we have worked in the right way. It has been a positive test here at Sepang and now I am looking forward to going to Jerez, a track where I am usually quick and where we will be able to confirm a lot of the data we have gathered here. The 2013 chassis is quite similar to last year but it gives us more options to play around with the set-up so hopefully we can find some more rear grip at Jerez.”

BEN SPIES (14th – 2’03”055 / Ignite Pramac Racing Team): “I am not yet at full condition but considering the situation of three weeks ago I am satisfied with what has been done in this second phase of the winter tests. I could not ride the last hour of the day because of a small problem with the fork, but I have some more specific ideas about what changes should be made. I rode consistently focusing on the reactions of the bike in a variety of settings.”

ALEIX ESPARGARO (18th – 2’03”423 / Power Electronics Aspar Team): “The track was really slippery today and we had a lot of trouble with the rear, even though we used the same set-up as the last two days. We went back to the configuration from the last test and it felt a little better but we need to work hard in the next test at Jerez to improve it and get more stability. Anyway, I am happy with the new chassis, which is an improvement on 2012, and we have more or less found a base set-up we’re happy with so it’s a case of working on small details and finding more rear grip. We have had six productive days here at Sepang and set the fastest CRT lap so we’re very satisfied.”

KAREL ABRAHAM (19th – 2’04”066 / Cardion AB Motoracing): “I´m happy that we finally managed to accelerate, but not so to fulfill the target we determined – to get under two minutes and four seconds. I am really upset with that, because otherwise it was good today. We´ve got a little problem with tyres, which were out quickly, so we changed them every fifteen laps and unfortunately in the moment when we were at the top time on the track, we had no more new tyres. Than we rode for few more laps on soft, but I didn´t upgrade the time. Of course is not good that I am loosing on De Puniet and Espargaro, but on other site, there´s only Colin Edwards close to me, other riders have greater distance. Next week the Motosalon fair in Prague – Leťnany awaits me, after that we will prepare for the last pre-season test in Jerez.“

COLIN EDWARDS (20th – 2’04”102 / NGM Mobile Forward Racing): “This second test at Sepang was way better. Every time we have made a change on we could actually feel the difference and that is always a good sign. The main thing here is the electronics, they are kind of inducing a few problems that we are currently having. We are taking it step by step. Electronics is our biggest issue right now; we are trying to figure out how to get it to be consistent. The chassis feels great; we still have a couple things that we can play around with the chassis. The engine feels strong. At Jerez we will be working on electronics and a bit with the chassis from the things that we found. The bike is good, we just need to refine a little bit.”

LUKAS PESEK (23rd – 2’04″686 / CAME Iodaracing) : “We have continued to work on the set up of my IODA-SUTER BMW and considering that my feeling with it was good and good feed-back on some modifications, we have decided to use a soft tyre during the last laps and I have got a good lap time. I’m happy because I’ve worked very well with my team and that is good looking to IRTA Test, but we have still a lot to improve”.

DANILO PETRUCCI (24th – 2’04″674 / CAME Iodaracing): “Unfortunately today I crashed two times: the first for a wet splash, in the second one I have lost the front of my bike because of a strong chattering appeared today on the bike and that we never had in the past days. Now, with my team, we are trying to understand the causes of this low grip because yesterday the bike was very good and we haven’t changed the set up. This problem, added to the bad conditions of the first day, has delayed our work plan, but we will go to Jerez already at a good level”.

CLAUDIO CORTI (25th – 2’04”718 / NGM Mobile Forward Racing): “This second test has been very positive, I was able to do many laps as opposed to the first test. There has been a lot of improvement but I was hoping to have a better feeling with the bike. We have improved the setting with the bike and made it smoother. We have had the new electronics software and we still have to adjust to it and that has made us lose a bit of time during the test. I have gained confidence with the bike and with the Bridgestone tires. Our goal is to fix the problems with the electronics and reduce the gap with the top CRTs.”

BRYAN STARING (28th – 2’05”313 / Go&Fun Honda Gresini): “It has been another important test for me. I feel more confident on the bike and I have learnt a lot about how to ride it and understand it, as well as getting a feeling for how the team works. They have been a great help to me and I am sure that in future we will be able to take bigger steps. I am going home feeling satisfied and looking forward to my future in MotoGP.”

Eduard Ballús



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