Archive - Race Or Practice Result
June 19th, 2013
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets on the second day of the private test at Aragon, smashing Casey Stoner's pole record at the circuit in the process. Lorenzo lapped the Spanish track nearly four tenths faster than the time set by Stoner in 2011, the factory Yamaha man continuing the work on set up he had tried at Barcelona.
Marc Marquez also got under Casey Stoner's pole record, though only by a fraction. Marquez spent his first full day testing working on his 2013 machine, and did not lap on the 2014 bike. Dani Pedrosa did lap on the 2014 machine, though he only put in 9 laps on the machine. According to MCN's Matthew Birt, who is present at the test, Pedrosa rejected the idea of using the 2014 chassis at Assen, as it was not a clear step forward. Pedrosa did not get under the pole record, but he was lapping faster than the race lap record.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets at the end of the Barcelona MotoGP test, but the talking point of the test was Suzuki. On its first public run out, Randy de Puniet clocked a time of 1'42.676, just over three quarters of a second off the time set by Lorenzo, an impressive debut.
Nicky Hayden set the second fastest time, close behind Lorenzo and ahead of Stefan Bradl. Both Hayden and Dovizioso ran back-to-back tests with the existing Ducati GP13 and the lab bike, but neither man was convinced that the lab bike was a step forward. Cal Crutchlow took 5th spot, having spent the day working on the start of the race, as had his teammate Bradley Smith. Both men had made several exits with a completely full tank, to work on improving the first eight or so laps of the race, the point at which the Yamaha riders are struggling.
The Montmelo circuit just outside of Barcelona is a hive of activity, as all but the Repsol and Gresini Honda teams take to the track. As of 2pm, Stefan Bradl was the fastest man on track, just a fraction quicker than Nicky Hayden and late arrival Jorge Lorenzo, while Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi are all within three tenths of Bradl's time.
Much of the interest was around the Suzuki garage, where Randy de Puniet made his debut on the bike, after it had been given a shakedown by Nobu Aoki. So far, and some 15 laps in, De Puniet has lapped at 1:44.089, which is some 1.8 seconds off the time of Bradl. In comparison, De Puniet did a 1'43.186 during qualifying on the Aprilia ART machine he has been riding so far this year.
While Jorge Lorenzo was a late arrival, choosing to get some rest in the morning after a hard race yesterday, Bradley Smith left the track early. The Tech 3 man is scheduled to have surgery tonight to repair his little finger, and fix the scaphoid in his left wrist, damage from his crash at Mugello.
Times as of 2pm
Summary and results of MotoGP race:
Summary and results of Moto2 race:
Summary and results of Moto3 race:
Scott Redding led the morning warm up at Barcelona, finishing ahead of Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro. Redding and his Marc VDS Racing teammate Mika Kallio were both issued new engines this morning, after the engines allocated through IRTA's random allocation procedure proved to be down on power.
Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying:
Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:
Championship leader Dani Pedrosa lead the final sweltering practice session for the MotoGP class at Catalunya. Cal Crutchlow mastered the use of the harder Bridgestone tyre compound and the scalding 51 degree track temperatures to finish only four hundredths behind in-form man Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo recovered from his early morning tumble to finish third ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi and LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl.
Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:
Thomas Luthi has continued his accelerated recovery from early season injury by setting the fastest time in the third Moto2 practice session. The Suisse rider ended the running with the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:46.909. Friday's pace setter Pol Espargaro followed closely in second place, finishing a mere seven hundredths behind Luthi. 'Tito' Rabat, Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami were the next riders on the time sheet, the top five protagonists will be the ones to watch come race day, as has been the case all season long.
Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez continues to show phenomenal speed in his debut MotoGP season, topping FP3 with a blistering time of 1:41.853. The Spaniard headed a hectic session that saw the top three riders lap in the 1:41 bracket and be split by a tenth of a second. Nicky Hayden put in a scintillating one-off lap to finish in second place ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was the first rider to dip into the 1:41's and looks in fine form heading into the race on Sunday.