2013 MotoGP Private Testing at Circuit of the Americas
The Repsol Honda, Yamaha Factory Racing and LCR Honda teams returned Wednesday to Circuit of the Americas in Austin for the second of three days in private testing.
During Tuesday’s sessions, the riders – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi; Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa; and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl – basically spent time getting used to COTA’s 3.41-mile layout.
The times were anything but impressive, with Marquez topping the session with a 2:05.621 at the Austin circuit that will host round 2 April 19-21.
But the times quickened across the board Wednesday, with Marquez once again in the lead. The rookie RC213V rider’s quickest time was a 2:04.363, over 1.3 seconds faster than his Tuesday time.
Marquez finished just ahead of Bradl, who posted a 2:04.640. Next was Lorenzo, with a 2:04.664. Then came Pedrosa with a 2:04.686 and Rossi with a 2:05.518.
On Wednesday, only the Honda riders will be the only ones participating in the final day of private testing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The Yamaha team reports they have already gathered enough data.
Following is rider reaction following Wednesday’s COTA MotoGP Private Test:
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Today we continued along the same line as yesterday, we tried to find the best gearbox, the best electronic settings and the best geometry on this track. Especially in the beginning the track was quite slippery. I didn’t expect that, as I thought that after yesterday the grip would be better, but then lap by lap it was better and for this afternoon I think it will be good.
“To be consistent is very difficult because it has many hard braking points and it’s tough to stay concentrated and always brake at the same point.
“When we are on the track and ride with the other riders, like Stefan, Valentino, Lorenzo and Dani, you need to pay attention. You can’t show what is your line, what it the best line, because then they can learn something. But also when I try to follow them they close…so I do the same thing.”
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “I’m just doing more laps. That’s it. The grip is very similar to yesterday, so I’m just getting used to doing some changes on the gearbox to feel a little bit more comfortable through the corners with the gears. Also we’re trying some changes on the suspension. But as this is not a reference place for us, or anybody, it’s hard to judge if you change some things on the bike.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “It’s really hard to judge [Bridgestone tire performance], as there are only five bikes riding and not much rubber on the ground. Today we’ll be trying some new things, but basically the grip is so low that it’s hard to go harder on the specs.”
“I feel better today, especially in the last run before the lunch break, we changed the set up of the bike and we improved some tenths so we are closer to the fastest riders, but not as much as we would like. We were too soft in the suspension to start with, we made it harder and in this track it works.
“These two days that we are here I think is enough to get a good idea of set up and riding style. The fans will like MotoGP here, it is going to be a great show.
“We have been trying different set ups of the bike, no new parts, just playing with the set up, changing the suspension and forks and in the last run I improved half a second with set up changes.
“We still don't have enough grip on the rear so we can’t lean over with confidence which is why we are further behind than in Sepang. I am adapting my riding style every lap a little for the track. In the main straight we are at 340kmh/h which is an amazing speed; when you have to brake and put your helmet up the wind is very strong so it’s difficult to be stable.”
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “The feeling with the track improved today, we started to work on the bike to improve the difficult points, especially in the three very hard braking areas where it is important to have good stability. It’s also very important to have grip on the edge through the hairpin to have speed along the straight. It looks like you can make a big difference in the slow parts here. The chicane part in turn two is very technical and difficult as it is blind; you have to go a bit with memory. Step by step we improved a lot from yesterday but have some disadvantage compared to the other guys so we need to put all the sections together.
“The target was to come here and try to understand the track and try to be ready for the race. Our competitors are able to accelerate faster than us from the hairpin and they have a bit more grip on the edge compared to us so these are the areas where we have to work, in the flowing parts we are not so bad.
“The track is good, a very classical ‘Tilke’ track, I like the fast parts, turn two and turn ten especially. There is lots of hard braking and it is very wide so good for overtaking. The long right before the last two lefts is also good. It's fun and not too hot like it is in Sepang so it's a good place to make a motorcycle race.”
2013 Austin MotoGP Private Testing Results, Mid-Point Day 2:
- Marc Marquez (SPA), Repsol Honda Team: 2'04.363
- Stefan Bradl (GER), LCR Honda MotoGP: 2'04.640
- Jorge Lorenzo (SPA): Yamaha Factory Racing: 2'04.664
- Dani Pedrosa (SPA), Repsol Honda Team: 2'04.686
- Valentino Rossi (ITA), Yamaha Factory Racing: 2'05.518