Archive - Race Or Practice Result
November 27th, 2013
While the Moto2 and Moto3 riders are busy in Almeria, the World Superbike teams are busy at Jerez. As usual, Tom Sykes is dominating proceedings, the newly-crowned WSBK champion circulating well under pole record pace at the Spanish circuit. Sykes lapped six tenths quicker than his teammate Loris Baz, and nine tenths faster than Marco Melandri, the Italian now riding the factory Aprilia.
Alex Lowes made a very strong debut, lapping Jerez at the same pace as Melandri on his first run out on the Voltcom Suzuki machine, while Jonathan Rea was the fastest of the Honda men. The teammates of Rea and Lowes were less fortunate: Leon Haslam's test was interrupted when his Pata Honda CBR1000RR caught fire, while Eugene Laverty only managed a handful of laps as the Voltcom Suzuki team worked to set up the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The Jerez test also saw a large contingent of EVO class entries testing, giving a chance to compare the new bikes - basically, Superstock engines in WSBK-spec chassis - against the existing WSBK machines. Salom was fastest of the lot, 2.3 seconds behind Sykes, but only four tenths off the pace of Haslam, and ahead of Eugene Laverty and Claudio Corti, both of whom did not spend much time on track.
On Wednesday, the World Superbike riders will be joined by some of the MotoGP riders racing as Open entries.
Testing for the Grand Prix support classes continues at Almeria, with a large chunk of the Moto2 field, as well as a selection of Moto3 riders at the Spanish circuit. The test sees both new bikes and new riders take to the track, with Kalex rolling out their 2014 chassis, while Honda is testing its brand new Moto3 bike.
Fastest Moto2 man of the day was Maverick Viñales, the Moto3 champion making a very strong impression and ending ahead of Mapfre Aspar's Jordi Torres, a man who won the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring this year. Xavier Simeon was third fastest, ending just ahead of of Sandro Cortese. Cortese tested both the 2013 and 2014 Kalex chassis, and was eight tenths quicker on the 2014 machine, according to Speedweek.com.
Among the Moto3 riders, Alex Rins set the fastest time, but with only the Hondas and Mahindras on track, there is little to compare it to. While Rins posted a 1'41.3, that is still over a second off the 1'40.1 Jack Miller is said to have set last week at the track on the KTM. The Hondas struggled with teething troubles, the test being a genuine shakedown, and the teams first contact with the bike. On Tuesday, the Hondas went out with the FTR chassis, the plan being to test Honda's own chassis either on Wednesday or Thursday, once the engine bugs have been ironed out.
Loris Baz has topped the timesheets at the two-day test held at Aragon for some of the World Superbike teams. Baz had spent the test working on bike set up, on a track he has not run well on in the past. The Frenchman ended up three tenths quicker than Jonathan Rea, at his first full test after returning from a broken femur. Rea and Pata Honda teammate Leon Haslam spent most of their time working on electronics, making big steps with the HRC package they had struggled with for most of the season. Rea was two tenths quicker than Chaz Davies on the factory Ducati, the Welshman making his second test on the Italian machine, and ending up ahead of Marco Melandri on the factory Aprilia.
Major absentee at the test was reigning world champion Tom Sykes. The Yorkshireman had been scheduled to test, but his wife went into labor before the test started, and Sykes rushed back to be with his wife as she gave birth to their baby daughter.
Unofficial test times:
Testing has concluded for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams who headed south to Jerez after the final round at Valencia, the picture on the second day is very similar to that on the first day. Thomas Luthi continues to top the timesheets in the Moto2 class, destroying the pole record by seven tenths of a second, and proving he is very much in form. Tito Rabat grabbed second spot, the Spaniard drafted in to replace Scott Redding already proving to be a smart move by Marc VDS Racing, while Jordi Torres was third.
Sam Lowes confirmed his promise from the first day of testing, ending day 2 in seventh once again, and under a second off the blistering pace set by Luthi. After dominating Moto3, both Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom are finding it much tougher going in the Moto2 category, the step up from a 100 kg single to a 140kg four cylinder proving to be a major difference. Sandwiched between the two former Moto3 men is AMA champion Josh Herrin, all three men over two seconds off the pace of Luthi.
In the Moto3 class, Jack Miller continues to dominate the small group who gathered at Jerez. Miller ended the test four tenths up on Danny Kent, the young British rider finding his feet on his return to the Moto3 class. Karel Hanika is less than a tenth off the pace of Kent, demonstrating his readiness to make the leap from the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
While the MotoGP teams have packed up and finished for the year - with the exception of a couple of Open class teams, who will be testing at Jerez at the end of the month - the Moto2 and Moto3 have headed to Jerez for the first test of their 2014 season. The first test sees a host of new faces making their debuts. A gaggle of champions enter Moto2, with World Supersport champ Sam Lowes, Moto3 champion Maverick Viñales and AMA Superbike champion Josh Herrin entering the fray. In Moto3, Red Bull Rookies Cup winner Karel Hanika makes his first appearance in the world championship.
At the end of the first day, Thomas Luthi led the Moto2 class, though it was tight as ever at the front, with just over a tenth of a second covering the top three of Luthi, Jordi Torres and Mika Kallio. Sam Lowes made a very impressive debut, just four tenths off the time of Luthi. Herrin had a little more trouble adapting, ending the day 2.2 seconds slower than the fastest man of the day. Moto3 champion Viñales ended his first session under two seconds behind Luthi, but well ahead of the man he spent the year fighting the Moto3 championship with, Luis Salom, who was 3.4 seconds off the pace of Luthi.
Marc Marquez has started 2014 the way he finished 2013: as the fastest MotoGP rider in the world. The newly-crowned world champion started the day off quickly and continued to improve, posting a fast time to extend his lead over the rest of the field. Marquez spent his day riding the 2014 prototype, and working on fuel consumption for the Honda RC213V.
Bradley Smith took an impressive second place, though the time he set was in qualifying trim with little fuel in the tank and pushing as hard as he could. He ended just three tenths behind Marquez, and a quarter of a second ahead of Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. Dani Pedrosa was 4th fastest, over seven tenths slower than his Repsol Honda teammate, while Alvaro Bautista was the last of the satellite Hondas, just under a second off the time set by Marquez.
2013 Valencia Post-Race Test Day 3 Times 2:30pm - Marquez Leads Smith And Bradl, Espargaro Impresses
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Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on the second day of the MotoGP test at Valencia, the newly-crowned world champion posting a very fast time at the end of the day to open a gap between himself and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had been closing the gap on Marquez, but in the end, the Repsol Honda man was over two tenths faster than the Yamaha man. Marquez had divided his time between three bikes: the 2013 machine, the 2014 bike as tested at Misano, and a brand new version of the 2014 bike. Lorenzo, in turn, had alternated between 2013 and 2014 versions of the Yamaha M1.
Dani Pedrosa ended the day in 3rd, having spent his time working on electronics for the 2014 bike, though he spent plenty of time on the 2013 machine as well for comparison. Pedrosa headed up the two satellite Hondas, Stefan Bradl close on Pedrosa's time, Alvaro Bautista a fraction further back. Bradley Smith tested the 2013 Yamaha ridden by Cal Crutchlow at the end of the season, the bike with the modified fuel tank. He pronounced the bike a big improvement, and was fast enough to end the test in front of Valentino Rossi. Rossi had spent some time on the 2014 bike, and had spent a lot of his time working on fuel consumption, the drop to 20 liters being a major issue for the Yamaha, and especially for taller and heavier riders such as Rossi.
There is a lot of activity out on track at Valencia, with nineteen riders having lapped since 10am this morning. After four hours of testing, Marc Marquez has the top time, having posted a blistering lap early in the day. Marquez sits ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, with the two satellite Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl just over half a second off the time of Marquez.
Valentino Rossi leads a brace of Yamahas, a cecond behind Marquez and a tenth of a second ahead of Bradley Smith, while Andrea Iannone is once again top Ducati.
Nicky Hayden has made his debut on the Honda production racer, but has as yet only turned 19 laps on the bike, where the others have already done at least twice that. The Forward Yamaha has also made its debut, Aleix Espargaro turning some laps on the FTR-built Yamaha-powered machine. The bike looks very different to the factory Yamaha, despite the chassis, swingarm and engine coming from the factory bike.
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2013 Valencia Post-Race Test Day 1 Times: Yamahas Lead, Hondas Absent, Crutchlow Quickly Up To Speed
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on the first day of the Valencia test, finishing a short afternoon's work ahead of his factory Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. The test took place under excellent conditions, but started only at noon, allowing the riders a bit of a rest at the end of the 2013 season, before the first test for 2014.
Both Lorenzo and Rossi spent time on both the 2013 bike and an evolution of the 2014 bike, with Rossi saying the new bike was a big improvement. Rossi also spent time working with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera, who was getting up to speed on the Yamaha MotoGP bike. Lorenzo, still suffering from a lack of sleep, also liked the 2014 bike.
Stefan Bradl was third fastest, heading up a trio of Ducatis with an impressive Andrea Iannone faster than the two factory men. Andrea Dovizioso had a new fairing to test, while Cal Crutchlow spent his day getting used to the new bike. Crutchlow made an impressive debut, just a tenth off the time of his teammate, and eight tenths behind Lorenzo.