Following the motorcycle racing action of yesterday’s Jerez MotoGP, which saw a late race run from Jorge Lorenzo as he took the victory of the second round of the season over Dani Pedrosa with Valentino Rossi trailing.
The premier GP class riders and teams spent one more day at the Andalusian circuit for one day of testing. The testing session has started at 10 am proceeding until 6 pm with high temperatures like the rest of the race week end and the second qualified in yesterdays race Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets with a best lap time of 1’39.425.
Dani Pedrosa says: "This was a useful day of testing and we spent some time working in detail on suspension adjustments – some of the things we didn’t have the time to test in the pre-season because we were focusing on other issues. We also tried a modified spec engine and collected some information for the development engineers, but it’s too early to say whether it’s a step forward yet because we only had two runs out of the pits with it. The crash was a little strange and I wasn’t expecting it, but the important thing is that I’m not hurt and I can look forward to Le Mans which is a circuit I’ve raced well at before. I’m looking forward to the next round".
Andrea Dovizioso says: "I’m happy with my lap time today and, although the track conditions were better than yesterday, 39.7 is a good time on the Bridgestone harder option tire and it’s only two tenths behind the fastest time set with that tire, so I’m pretty satisfied with that. Our machine lacks a bit of stability so it’s not easy to be consistent but I’m really happy with the new parts Honda has brought here. We tried the new chassis and swingarm, which have improved the last part of the braking area and corner entry. The new specification engine has improved the acceleration slightly and we’ll look at the data and decide if we’ll use it in the upcoming".
Casey Stoner says: "Today was quite productive because we found a race set-up for this track that was better than yesterday, with improved front feeling which is what we had been looking for all weekend. We went for quite a radical change and it did the trick but we’ll have to wait and see if it works at other circuits because this place tends to put more pressure on front tires than a lot of places and it requires a particular approach. Anyway, we go to Le Mans with a lot of useful data and hopefully it can help us there too."
Nicky Hayden says: "It has been a useful day even though we haven’t found anything spectacular. That’s to be expected because we have taken huge steps forward to get to this point and it’s always going to be trickier to find those last couple of tenths. We changed some things with the geometry, suspension settings and a few general areas that we hadn’t had time to try over the weekend. We got a lot of data which will be useful because we don’t have another chance to test until after Brno."
Valentino Rossi says: "We improved our race setting a bit and found better stability and grip, so we arrived at the right place finally, even if we were too late for the race! We tried a new front tire for Bridgestone, which was good and also a slightly different engine from Japan, trying to improve the acceleration. The difference was small but important, although we don’t know yet when we will be able to use it in a race. My lap times were fast and apart from the small crash, when I just put a bit too much lean on and lost the front, it was a good day. I was only doing 65 km/h so luckily it wasn’t a problem. Now we have a long rest and I want to fully recover so I’m back to full strength in Le Mans."
Jorge Lorenzo says: "It was an interesting day. Most of all we worked on our starts; I think I did something like 25 starts! I do find it quite difficult because the clutch and acceleration aren’t always the best parts of our package, but today was good to understand how we can improve. We also tried some new electronics, including traction control, and chassis parts, as well as trying a slightly different engine. The difference wasn’t big but I did notice it, so I think this is the right way. Tomorrow is my birthday and I am looking forward to finally celebrating my win!"
Randy De Puniet says: "Well … I am happy about the further improvements we got today but in the mean time this testing session was very tough for me because last night I suffered a bad stomach pain and still feel weak. Anyway we are pleased with the chassis and suspension adjustments we have developed today. After two races we had a few things to fix but we did not have the time to do it during the race weekends so it was a good day to clear some points. We have been working on the start because my result was affected mainly by my bad start and my lap time have been consistent throughout the whole session both on used and new tires so we have ended this first testing with a promising progress".
Marco Melandri says: "It has been a really positive day which we have spent working on our race pace, having suffered a little yesterday after a few laps with a full tank. We made some changes and completed a race simulation to see if they had the desired effect and I’m quite happy with what we found. I also tried for a fast time on a soft tire but I ran into too many riders on track and didn’t manage to improve by the few tenths that I could have but really that wasn’t the priority today. Things are progressing now and although we are still some way short of the top guys we still have to take things step by step. My pace today was noticeably stronger than yesterday, when I only managed two laps in the 1´40s and spent the rest of the time in the mid-1´41s. Today I was consistently in the 1´40s so I’m confident about going to Le Mans, where I hope we can take another step forward."
Marco Simoncelli says: "I’m quite happy because we found a few positive things today. We haven’t completely resolved the problem I had in the race but we reduced it and I managed to improve my pace on a consistent basis on hard tires so I´m happy. We didn’t manage to find any more rear grip but we took other steps forward, like improving my speed on a soft tire, so we go to Le Mans with high hopes of doing well. With time to sit down and analyze the data we gathered here, working out what worked and what didn´t. I´m sure we can improve even more in time for the next race. We could do with test days like these more often!"
Dani Pedrosa Test Crash: The Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider, who had a slight fall without any physical injury at turn 10 – Peluqui- of the Andalucian track due to a loss of grip on the front wheel of his bike, after a big slide at the rear, finished a total of 60 laps, clocking up his best time of the session on lap 5. His fastest time of the day – 1.39’425 seconds – beats his best time of yesterday’s race by three tenths, which in the end was the fastest lap of the race and a new record for the Jerez Circuit.
Valentino Rossi Test Crash: The Italian had one upset during the day when he had a low-speed crash at turn two, luckily causing no further damage to his recovering shoulder.
Alvaro Bautista Test Crash: Bautista was the only other rider reportly to go down during the Jerez Test session.
MotoGP Jerez Test Results
1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team – 1’39.425
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team – 1’39.480
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team – 1’39.506
4. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP – 1’39.609
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team – 1’39.760
6. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team – 1’39.786
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team – 1’39.906
8. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’39.958
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP – 1’40.040
10. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’40.042
11. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini – 1’40.129
12. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini – 1’40.370
13. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team – 1’40.446
14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP – 1’40.463
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP – 1’40.470
16. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team – 1’40.686
17. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team – 1’40.932
Jerez: Record Lap: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2009, 1’39.818
Jerez: Best Lap: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2008, 1’38.189