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Testing at Jerez has wrapped up completely, with the final day once again plagued by heavy rain, cold temperatures and high winds. A slight improvement at the end of the day saw the two MV Agusta World Supersport bikes get a little closer to a normal lap time, though both Lorenzo Zanetti and Jules Cluzel were still 4 seconds slower than they were on Wednesday, when the bikes were out on a dry track. Nothing can be read into the times of the World Superbike riders, however, as neither Jonathan Rea, Leon Camier nor Tom Sykes completed more than ten laps, and most of their track time was focused on starts.
Ducati's MotoGP team were also present on the final day, but no reports of their times will emerge, as they were testing the new Michelin tires. Under the terms agreed by Bridgestone when they announced that they would be withdrawing as single tire supplier to MotoGP, the factories are not allowed to comment on the Michelin tires until next year, when the first full year of testing starts ahead of the switch to Michelin in 2016.
Times from Friday:
Rain hampered the fourth day of the combined World Superbike, MotoGP and Moto2 test at Jerez. The circuit in Southern Spain was hammered by rain, high winds and cold temperatures, rendering the times set far from instructive. While the Ducatis continued to circulate without transponders, Tom Sykes was the fastest of the officially timed riders, though he was lapping over ten seconds slower than in the dry, the day before.
Testing is set to continue on Friday, but rain continues to plague the circuit. The Ducati MotoGP team is set to test Michelins, and due to the contractual situation with current single tire supplier Bridgestone, those times will be kept confidential.
Below are the times set on Thursday:
It was a busy track at Jerez, with more teams from various classes having converged on the circuit for the last couple of days testing. While the Suzuki factory MotoGP team has packed up and left, their place has been taken by the Ducati factory team, both MotoGP and World Superbike, along with the Forward Yamaha Open class team and Avintia Ducati. There were a number of Moto2 riders lapping here, rather than joining the Marc VDS Racing team and Gresini at Almeria, the Pons Kalex and QMMF teams taking to the track at Jerez. MV Agusta also started their first couple of days of testing, with Jules Cluzel returning to race in World Supersport, while Leon Camier gave a brand new F4RR a shakedown, starting his first day of work with his new team.
Alex Lowes has topped the second day of combined testing for teams from both major world championships at Jerez. After another wet morning, the track finally dried out in the afternoon, allowing the riders to post competitive lap times. Lowes ended the day as fastest, the Suzuki rider posting a fast lap right at the end of the day, beating his superpole time from the race weekend here back in September.
Lowes was one of a group of riders who chased a quick time at the end of the day, Kawasaki's Tom Sykes ending just over a tenth of a second behind Lowes, while Leon Haslam put the factory-backed Red Devils Roma Aprilia into third place. Both Aprilia WSBK riders were fast all day, Haslam and possible future teammate Michel Fabrizio dominating proceedings earlier.
2014 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Season Test: Rabat Rules Moto2, Rins Impresses, Antonelli On Top Of Moto3
Tito Rabat continued his rule of the Moto2 class at Valencia by ending the final day of testing on top of the timesheets and under the pole record at the Spanish circuit. The newly-crowned 2014 champion spent all day working on set up of the 2015 Kalex machine he will be riding for the Marc VDS team next season. Rabat finished just ahead of Johann Zarco, the Frenchman adapting quickly to the Kalex frame in the new Ajo Motosport team. Jonas Folger was close behind, starting his second year with the AGR team.
Alex Rins once again won the battle of the rookies, this time by a clear margin. The HP Pons rider adapted quickly, posting an impressive eighth-fastest time, just two thirds of a second off the time of Rabat. Alex Marquez had a rougher time, crashing twice without any injury, other than to his confidence. The reigning Moto3 champion ended the day in twelfth, just over a second behind his Marc VDS teammate Rabat.
Marc Marquez has ended the final day of testing at Valencia on top of the timesheets, and leaves for the winter as the fastest overall. The Repsol Honda rider spent most of the day trying the 2015 prototype RC213V, but jumped back on the 2014 bike at the end of the day to set the fastest lap. He ended a tenth quicker than his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, and two tenths quicker than Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo led an entire gaggle of Yamahas, the Movistar Yamaha rider ending ahead of Monster Tech 3's Pol Espargaro, factory man Valentino Rossi, and Espargaro's satellite teammate Bradley Smith.
Danilo Petrucci caused a surprise, ending the day in 7th, ahead of the satellite Hondas and as fastest of the Pramac Ducatis. Petrucci was a tenth quicker than Cal Crutchlow, who spent the day looking for rear grip from the LCR Honda. Yonny Hernandez was 9th on the second Pramac Ducati, ending the day just ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who was exactly 1 second behind Marc Marquez. Suzuki's test debut was generally acclaimed a success, with both riders heaping praise on the handling of the bike.
Times from the last day of the Valencia test, at 3:30pm
Jorge Lorenzo tops the timesheets at 2pm on the final day of testing at Valencia, leading a very close group consisting of the two Repsol Hondas, the two Movistar Yamahas and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro. Both Honda and Yamaha are giving their 2015 bikes a run out, Nicky Hayden is out on the RC213V-RS, while the rest of the field are growing accustomed to their new mounts. Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz are testing Kayaba suspension, and evaluating them for use next season.
Testing started in silence, the track still far too wet from yesterday's rain. But the sun came out and the wind picked up, and riders hit the track shortly before twelve. Michele Pirro was the first rider out, the Ducati test rider testing conditions and helping to create a dry line. Conditions are now good, the track getting warmer as it goes on.
Times at 2pm:
Only ten riders ventured out on the wet track at Valencia, the rain coming and going all day long leaving the track soaked. Danilo Petrucci ended the day as fastest, posting a quick time when conditions let up a fraction. Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista did a lot of laps, Redding wanting the time in the wet, Bautista familiarizing himself with a new bike in the wet.
The weather forecast is much better for Wednesday, with all of the riders hoping for a full day of testing to complete their test plan.
Times at the end of the day:
Heavy rain falling since this morning has made for a very wet track at Valencia. Though the track opened at 10am for the second full day of testing, it remained silent for the first two hours, riders only venturing out shortly after noon. By 2pm, nine men had put in laps, though lap times were a very long way off being fast. Yonny Hernandez led the way, ahead of his new Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, while Scott Redding was third.
The riders who are out are focusing more on getting to understand the bikes in the wet, rather than chasing lap times. The weather is starting to lift, but it is still cold, and the track will take a long time to dry. There are several riders who are unlikely to go out at all in the wet.
Times at 2pm:
Jorge Lorenzo topped the first day of the test at Valencia, leading a Yamaha clean sweep of the timesheets. Lorenzo ended the day just ahead of the two Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, with his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi bringing up the rear.
Andrea Iannone was the fastest Ducati, making his debut in the factory Ducati team, but the Ducati riders had nothing new to test, the new bike coming only at Sepang in February. Both Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso leave Valencia tonight, and will not ride tomorrow.
Cal Crutchlow led the riders who swapped bikes, ending two tenths quicker than his fastest lap of the race on Sunday, and ahead of Michele Pirro on the test Ducati, and Yonny Hernandez on the Pramac bike. Stefan Bradl tried the Forward Yamaha for the first time, also beating his race time from Sunday by three tenths of a second.
The test saw the debut of two new manufacturers, both Suzuki and Aprilia taking to the track. The Suzukis were immediately impressive, Aleix Espargaro setting the 14th fastest time, but just 1.3 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, and over a second quicker than Randy De Puniet had been in the test. The Aprilia factory riders Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista only took to the track at the very end of the test, after Aprilia test rider Alex Hofmann had given the bikes a shakedown.
The 2015 season has kicked off at Valencia with the first day of the test. Riders took to the track shortly after noon, with Aleix Espargaro the first man out on track on the Suzuki.
Jorge Lorenzo currently leads a trio of Yamahas, with a brace of Ducatis following. Cal Crutchlow is 0.3 slower on the LCR Honda than he was on the Ducati during the race, but is picking up speed quickly. The man whose place he took, Stefan Bradl, is a tenth slower on the Forward Yamaha than he was on the Honda. Maverick Vinales is adapting to MotoGP quickly, three seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, but still a good time for his first run on a MotoGP bike. Jack Miller is four seconds slower than Lorenzo, but has a lot more to learn.
The test finishes at 5pm on Monday.
Times at 2:55pm:
Full recap and results below.