IRTA MotoGP Test at Jerez (3rd day): The riders’ statements

Publicado: 25 marzo, 2013 en MotoGP World Championship (english)
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CAL CRUTCHLOW (1st – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 1’39”511): “It is obviously very satisfying to finish the test with the fastest time because it shows what a really good job I did and what a great job my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team did too. It is a shame we didn’t get the chance to get in a lot more dry laps but I have been very fast and consistent and that gives me a lot of confidence for when we return to Jerez for the third race. This morning’s rain meant the track wasn’t in a great condition in the last two hours and I felt I could have definitely gone faster if there was more grip available. But it is the same for everybody and we came out on top, so that’s positive. Each time I tried to improve my pace at the end I came across some traffic, so I’ve no doubt I could have gone faster. It has been a positive pre-season and I think I have shown I have made another big improvement for this year. This result gives me a lot of confidence going to Qatar but my goal will be to finish in the top six and get some early momentum like I did last season. It is going to be a very exciting season and now I can’t wait to get to Qatar.”

VALENTINO ROSSI (2nd – Yamaha Factory Racing / 1’39”735): “I’m so happy because at the end of today’s session we had some quite good conditions to make some laps in the dry and especially because for us it was very important to try the new chassis. The feeling is generally ok; I was able to be competitive in difficult conditions and I also made good lap times with the used tyre. The new chassis has some good and bad points but I think I will start the season with the one I used yesterday and test this one again during the season. I am happy about the test; I was competitive all three days so I am looking forward to going to Qatar.”

STEFAN BRADL (3rd – LCR Honda / 1’39”975): “Today we just had one and half hour of acceptable track conditions after this morning rain showers. We confirmed our bike set-up from yesterday, which made me more confident with the front tyre and we made a further step forward. Then for the remaining laps, we tested a new set of tyres to improve our lap time and we had a good result despite some traffic in the last part of the session. Although we had here tricky conditions in the last 3 days, I think we are ready for the first race in Qatar which is a race track that I like.”

JORGE LORENZO (4th – Yamaha Factory Racing / 1’40”105): “We didn’t think we would practice so much today because the weather was so bad but finally we had two hours to practice and improve some things on the bike. I made a long run that I think was positive to understand the behaviour of the bike with old tyres. We are not the fastest but I think we are very consistent. It’s been a positive test for us to gain some motivation after Austin; that was a difficult three days. It shows that every track is a different world so let’s see what happens in Qatar. There can be a lot of sand on the track there so we’ll see how it is. Like every year you feel a little nervous at the beginning, it’s so important to start in a good way and get some points!”

MARC MARQUEZ (5th – Repsol Honda / 1’40”130): “We put in a some laps to understand a few things in these conditions as we had some problems in the wet on the first day, so this was helpful as we found some answers. Everybody was waiting for the track to dry out and although it was a little cold, the last hour was good. It was useful to test some things and I feel much better than yesterday, we made some improvements, especially in our consistency and with electronics. Now I will try to relax and prepare myself for Qatar, this has been a positive winter testing – much better than I expected.”

ANDREA IANNONE (6th – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team /1’40”331): “I am satisfied with the work we are doing. I think that in this circuit our bike can be competitive. I felt much better than in the Sepang test and I found out a few different solutions compared to the first 2012 test. Anyway my goal is to learn more and more and to be as fast as possible.”

RANDY DE PUNIET (10th – Power Electronics Aspar Team / 1’40”971): “I am really happy because the test finished in the best possible way. We had to wait until 4:30 this afternoon before we could ride but it was worth the wait. The track wasn’t completely dry when I went out so I didn’t want to take too many risks but we made some slight adjustments to the front suspension and made some interesting conclusions. I was three tenths off my best lap from last year without pushing, which is a really good sign considering the conditions. We also managed to iron out the problems we had yesterday so we leave Jerez in very high spirits.”

BRADLEY SMITH (11th – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (1’4”134): “The really important aspect of today was that I did eventually get some dry time on track. I was reasonably happy with my performance in the wet because it is all about building my experience of the bike and tyres in those conditions. But I was really happy the track dried because I badly need seat time and the weather has definitely not helped my preparations. I’m still searching for a base setting but we have it clear the direction we need to move in with the bike and that’s to move away from what Andrea Dovizioso used and make the bike more like how Cal has his. I’m gradually getting more comfortable and at this test I’ve followed Cal, Jorge and Valentino to get a really understanding of how the Yamaha needs to be ridden. Now I’m really looking forward to going to Qatar. I’d have preferred to have done a few more dry laps in testing but I am confident and optimistic that I can start the season with a strong result.” 

ALEIX ESPARGARO (12th – Power Electronics Aspar Team 1’41”218): “We did about fifteen laps on the wet track this morning and I had a fantastic feeling with the bike. We did some tests with the electronics and the bike responded perfectly, so I was really happy with that. In the afternoon we only did an hour and a quarter on track and there were some damp patches out there so it was difficult to get a feeling, At least we were able to continue testing the electronics and try to eliminate the rebound I was experiencing in certain parts of the track but we didn’t completely manage to do that. We will keep working on it in Qatar but for now we can leave Jerez feeling happy that we have discovered a lot of options for our bike and look forward with optimism to the first race.”

CLAUDIO CORTI (13th – NGM Mobile Forward Racing / 1’41”443): “Today our lap times have improved even if the track conditions were not ideal, we still have a lot of work ahead of us and this is just the beginning. We have improved considerably since the Sepang test but we need to continue working on the development and we have several ideas in mind, we are working on the right direction.   We still have to figure out a few things like the electronics and tires, which I haven’t been able to take to test to the limit. The FTR- Kawasaki package is strong even if we do lose a bit of time exiting the curved, but we have to keep in mind that we are not a factory team, we are a private team. We have to work and not let our guard down. The Aprilias are not as far ahead of us as we thought they would. Our job now is to keep our heads down and open gas.”

LUKAS PESEK (15th – CAME Iodaracing / 1’41”719): “Today was a very usefull day for us, we have worked a lot on the new Ioda-Suter chassis testing also different eletronics solutions. We did many laps both on the wet and on the dry track and now we have many informations that will be very important for the incoming season. In the last minutes of the practice we decided to use a new set of tyres and I got a good lap time very close to the other CRTs and this is very good looking forward to Qatar race. I have to say thank you to my team for the great job that they have done.”

DANILO PETRUCCI (18th – CAME Iodaracing / 1’42”428): “Unfortunately, as happend in the others tests, on the third day we didn’t improve what we have done in the two days before. The bad weather has conditioned the track, and we have also lost some time for some little problems to my bikes with the dry track. I’m disappointed for that because yesterday everything was ok, but I’m also very confident for the first race in Qatar.”

COLIN EDWARDS (21st – NGM Mobile Forward Racing / 1’56”281): “All done with pre season testing and overall feeling happy. As far as the bike is concerned the bike, the chassis is fantastic. We have done a lot of work in a short amount of time to figure out a good balance. What worked in Malaysia we had to change a little bit here, Jerez always seems to be a bit particular on bike setting. In terms of the engine, we’ve come off from our first test, got a better unit and the exhaust as well, so we have added a little power. We have been mainly playing with electronics, really trying to figure out traction control and yesterday we ultimately found something that we can always improves but right now its comfortable, its consistent and comfortable and that’s what we have been lacking a little bit of. I’m happy, I’m ready to go to the first race.”

Eduard Ballús
Combined timesheet (3 days):

1 – CRUTCHLOW, Cal – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:39.511
2 – ROSSI, Valentino – Yamaha Factory Racing Team – 1:39.525 (+0.014)
3 – LORENZO, Jorge – Yamaha Factory Racing Team – 1:39.540 (+0.029)
4 – PEDROSA, Dani – Repsol Honda Team – 1:39.630 (+0.119)
5 – BRADL, Stefan – LCR – Honda MotoGP – 1:39.975 (+0.464)
6 – MARQUEZ, Marc – Repsol Honda Team – 1:40.130 (+0.619)
7 – DOVIZIOSO, Andrea – Ducati Team – 1:40.322 (+0.811)
8 – IANNONE, Andrea – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team – 1:40.331 (+0.820)
9 – HAYDEN, Nicky – Ducati Team – 1:40.370 (+0.859)
10 – BAUTISTA, Alvaro – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – 1:40.686 (+1.175)
11 – PIRRO, Michele – Ducati Test Team – 1:40.881 (+1.370)
12 – DE PUNIET, Randy – Power Electronics Aspar – 1:40.971 (+1.460)
13 – SMITH, Bradley – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:41.134 (+1.623)
14 – ESPARGARO, Aleix – Power Electronics Aspar – 1:41.218 (+1.707)
15 – BARBERA, Hector – Avintia Blusens – 1:41.376 (+1.865)
16 – CORTI, Claudio – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – 1:41.443 (+1.932)
17 – PETRUCCI, Danilo – Came IodaRacing Project – 1:41.529 (+2.018)
18 – SPIES, Ben – Ignite Pramac Racing Team – 1:41.702 (+2.191)
19 – AOYAMA, Hiroshi – Avintia Blusens – 1:41.772 (+2.261)
20 – PESEK, Lukas – Came IodaRacing Project – 1:41.791 (+2.280)
21 – ABRAHAM, Karel – Cardion AB Motoracing – 1:41.864 (+2.353)
22 – HERNANDEZ, Yonny – Paul Bird Motorsport – 1:42.050 (+2.539)
23 – STARING, Bryan – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – 1:42.107 (+2.596)
24 – EDWARDS, Colin – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – 1:42.154 (+2.643)
25 – LAVERTY, Michael – Paul Bird Motorsport – 1:42.470 (+2.959)



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