2014 Jerez MotoGP Post-Race TestJust as he did during Sunday’s fourth round of 2014 MotoGP at Jerez, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continued is dominance at the Spanish circuit during the post-race test.
Marquez, who missed the preseason testing at Jerez due to a broken leg, once again set the fastest lap at Jerez during the one-day Monday test. On lap 28 of 55, the 21-year-old Spaniard posted a 1:38.737 around Jerez. To put this time into perspective, the Best Lap around Jerez is a 1:38.120 posted by Marquez over the weekend.While testing, Marquez worked on geometry settings, electronics, and rear-suspension settings to assist in faster cornering. When the test wrapped up, he was 0.262 of a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo.The two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo tested a new swingarm on the YZR-M1, along with electronics and bike balance.Finishing third, 0.326 of a second behind, was Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi. He used a new chassis on his YZR-M1 at the Jerez race, and worked on setting it up further during the one-day test.Behind Rossi was the other Repsol Honda pilot Dani Pedrosa, who has a perfect podium record so far in 2014 MotoGP. He was followed by GO&FUN Honda’s Alvaro Bautista, one of the first riders out on the track with Marquez and Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abarham.Bautista experimented with front forks and rear shocks, and completed a marathon haul of 73 laps at Jerez.LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl was the final rider to post within a second of Marquez, the German 0.976 seconds behind in sixth. He put in 70 laps while working on electronics and suspension to improve corner entry. Bradl will visit a doctor in Germany in regards to his arm-pump issues he experienced at Jerez MotoGP.Rounding out the top 10 were Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, and Drive M7 Aspar’s Hiroshi Aoyama.Ducati Team’s test work was handled by Michele Pirro in the absence of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, while Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) was forced to miss the test due to a severely swollen wrist from Sunday’s race, MotoGP reports.Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) also missed the test, with his Moto2 colleague Simone Corsi taking over his duties as the Italian gathered some MotoGP experience.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.