Jerez, Spain

2013 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: Things That Go Bump In The Fight

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2013 Jerez Moto2 Race Result: A Handful Of Firsts

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2013 Jerez Moto3 Race Result: Early Leader Means Sudden Winner

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2013 Jerez Moto3 Warm Up Result: Vinales Out Front


2013 Jerez MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Crashes, Tires, And Optimism

Saturday at Jerez was a crash fest, in just about every class. Why? The heat - well, perhaps heat is an exaggeration, but certainly the weather was better than anyone expected a few weeks ago. Once the heat hits the Andalusian track, the grip drops off a cliff, and the riders are left struggling to cope. In Moto3, MotoGP and Moto2, a lot of riders hit the deck on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Rins was one of the first to fall, crashing out during qualifying for the Moto3 class. It did not slow him down, the Spaniard grabbing pole for the second race in succession. MotoGP was much worse: during the final session of free practice, Cal Crutchlow threw his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha away at the start of the back straight. Later in that session, Crutchlow watched from behind as Marc Marquez fought a losing battle with gravity at the other end of the straight, the front folding and the rear whipping round on him despite valiant efforts to save it. "I was willing him to save it," Crutchlow joked afterwards, "but in the end gravity won."

Is Yamaha Using A Seamless Gearbox? The Data Says No

Ask Jorge Lorenzo if there is one thing which the Yamaha needs to allow him to compete with the Hondas, and he will tell you it is a seamless gearbox. The system used by Honda on the RC213V allows the riders to shift gear while the bike is still leaned over, without upsetting the machine. It is an important factor in the Honda's better drive out of corners, as Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista can shift gear earlier and make optimum use of the rev range to accelerate harder.

That Yamaha is working on a seamless gearbox is no secret, with Yamaha's test riders currently racking up the kilometers around tracks in Japan, testing the reliability of the maintenance-intensive system to the limit before using it in a race. Recently, however, Spanish magazine SoloMoto published an article suggesting that Yamaha has already been using its new seamless gearbox since the beginning of the season. In evidence, the magazine pointed to an apparent difference in fuel consumption between the factory Yamahas and the satellite bike of Cal Crutchlow. While both Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi made mistakes at Qatar, only Rossi was able to recover, and then battle with Marc Marquez for the podium. The theory put forward by SoloMoto was that the smoother transition between gears gave both better drive and lower fuel consumption, as the ignition is cut for a much shorter period, wasting less of the limited gasoline the MotoGP bikes are allowed.

2013 Jerez Moto2 QP Result: The Heat Is On

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2013 Jerez MotoGP QP Result: Higher Temperatures Means Tempermental Tires

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2013 Jerez MotoGP FP4 Result: Lorenzo Builds On His Advantage

As temperatures climbed and tire performance became more unpredictable, the ever-consistent Jorge Lorenzo pulled nearly three-tenths on second-place Dani Pedrosa who, in turn, just nipped Cal Crutchlow. The surprise of the session was Andrea Iannone who was the top Ducati for the final free practice.


2013 Jerez Moto3 QP Result: A Taste Of Home Cooking

Results and summary of qualifying for Moto3:


2013 Jerez Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Finds the Magic

Esteve Rabat led an all-Spanish top three in Moto2 FP3 at Jerez with a time of 1'42.967. Pol Espargaro, just two-tenths down, placed second and Nicolas Terol was third. Scott Redding, fastest in the previous test, placed fourth with final qualifying just ahead.


2013 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Crutchlow Clips Pedrosa, Lorenzo

Cal Crutchlow made good on the promise of fast pre season tests at Jerez by setting the quickest time of FP3. Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo placed second and third respectively with Rossi in fourth -- a position he's held through most of practice. Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith both failed to make Q2 initially and must first attempt to set a top-two time in Q1 to earn the right for the final qualifying round.


2013 Jerez Moto3 FP3 Result: Rins Drops the Hammer

Alex Rins, for the second race in succession set the dominant time in the practice before qualifying with a 1'46.938; He was the only Moto3 rider to dip into the 1'46s. Jonas Folger clocked second fastest with Jack Miller in third at four-tenths back. Rins, within the first 10 minutes of FP3, dropped six-tenths of a second from Luis Salom's lead time from FP2. Then late in the session, Rins and Folger began slugging it out, trading the top spot a handful of times before Rins had the emphatic last word. Last year's winner, Romano Fenati, sat 21st on the timesheet.


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