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MotoGP 2014: Marquez ahead of rivals as first Sepang test concludes


2014 MotoGP™ Official Press Release

Repeating his dominance of the first two days, Marc Marquez concluded the first Sepang test of the 2014 preseason ahead of his rivals, thanks to a rapid early best time.


The MotoGP™ World Champion Marquez wasted no time on the final test day at the Malaysian venue, laying down a superb 1’59.533 marker in the cooler temperatures of the morning. His pace-setting lap was marginally quicker than the previous best Sepang test time of 1’59.607, registered by Casey Stoner also on the Honda prototype in 2012.

Marquez later produced a strong performance in a race simulation with 15 consecutive laps under the 2’01 mark.

The early running had seemed more like a qualifying practice than a test session with the top riders battling each other for top spot in a time attack.

Nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi set his own personal best Sepang test time of 1’59.727, whilst Jorge Lorenzo clocked the third best time of the day with a notably quick 1’59.866 effort on just his second lap.


Like Marquez, both Yamaha Factory riders later produced longer runs as they too worked on tyre durability and fuel consumption in preparation for their battles this year with the incoming ‘Open’ class machines – which will have a 24 litre fuel limit compared to the 20 litre capacity of the Factory entries.

Showing the potential of the new ‘Open’ bikes was the consistently impressive Aleix Espargaro on the FTR Yamaha of NGM Mobile Forward Racing, with his 1’59.998 best time coming on the second of 43 laps. The older Espargaro brother’s pace is one of the talking points of the week and he was able to lap nearly two seconds quicker than his teammate Colin Edwards who concluded Thursday’s session 14th.


LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl (+0.579) was close behind Forward Racing’s Espargaro in fifth, despite falling at turn one early on Thursday. That was of course the corner where he fractured his ankle in October’s Grand Prix, but on this occasion he was unhurt and immediately remounted.


Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa made a slower start and also had an off track excursion early in the morning, but later moved towards the business end of the timesheet, going up to sixth place with a 2’00.223 lap in the afternoon.

A decent time for Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (2’00.370) put him seventh on Thursday, the Italian producing one of Ducati’s best ever Sepang test times. Indeed Dovizioso’s time was a 0.776s improvement on his Wednesday best and was 0.7s faster than his new teammate Cal Crutchlow’s final time, as the Englishman ended up 12th.

Both Ducati riders expect machine upgrades for the second Sepang test later this month.

Like his older brother Aleix, rookie Pol Espargaro also impressed, finishing as the faster of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders in eighth place, 1.122s down on Marquez’ best time.


Fellow Tech 3 man Bradley Smith was 11th overall, though he may not have been shooting for out and out pace on Thursday and will hope to improve his competitiveness if the team can secure access to the Yamaha seamless shift gearbox early in 2014.

The top ten was completed by Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, with both riders just over a second off the pace. Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Scott Redding were 13th and 21st respectively and will both hope to go faster on the new RCV1000R before the season starts.

Suzuki Test Team rider Randy de Puniet will also continue his work throughout the year in testing as he looks to close a three second gap to the front with the evolving Suzuki machine. He was 17th on the timesheet.

The majority of riders broke for lunch shortly before 2pm local time as the heat increased, with more race simulations and longer runs a key focus after the initial morning runs. The data from those longer runs are crucial for fuel economy calculations for the ‘Factory’ bikes in particular, as they have one litre of race fuel less than 2013.

A new Bridgestone tyre was also tested by the riders this week – a similar construction to that used in Valencia testing in November, with a compound slightly adapted to suit the Sepang heat. The Japanese tyre supplier will therefore hoped to have gathered useful data for improved performance in 2014.

The premier class riders will be back in action at the Sepang International Circuit for further testing from 26th to 28th February.

MotoGP 2013: Valencia test commences with Lorenzo on top


MotoGP™ Official Test at Ricardo Tormo
Mon, 12 November 2013
Report day 1/3

After his stunning win at Valencia in the final race of the season on Sunday it was Jorge Lorenzo who topped the timesheet again on Monday in the first day of 2014 ‘pre-season’ testing.


Lap times of course do not mean a great deal at this stage, with some riders swapping machinery, many tweaking set-up and some joining new teams, but Lorenzo set the standards again – with a 1’31.257 late in the day. That lap was quicker than anyone went in Sunday’s race and came on the 2013 YZR-M1, although Lorenzo also has a 2014 development Yamaha available this week.

On the other side of the Yamaha Factory Racing box Valentino Rossi spent the day working with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera. The Doctor’s best time of the day was just 0.093s off Lorenzo’s best, also coming on his 2013 bike, though he too is already using the 2014 development M1.

Repsol Honda’s new World Champion Marc Marquez and his colleague Dani Pedrosa were both at the circuit but did not test on Monday – though they are expected on track on Tuesday as the battle to stay ahead of Yamaha continues.

Stefan Bradl was the fastest Honda rider on track on Monday, using his RC213V from this season to set the third best time of the day – 0.5s off Lorenzo’s pace.

New Ducati recruit Cal Crutchlow has taken Italian Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli with him from Tech 3 to the Italian factory Ducati and the pair were working alongside new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna for the first time on Monday.

Crutchlow matched Ducati’s Sunday race pace, and was sixth overall just over 0.1s (check) behind new Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso who was fifth best. Dovizioso lapped in a similar pace to fourth fastest rider of the day, Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Racing Ducati.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was 0.6s behind Crutchlow in seventh, just ahead of Yonny Hernandez – who was confirmed today to remain as Iannone’s teammate in the Pramac Racing Team permanently during the 2014 season.

Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro rode his first laps on his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, in tenth spot on the timesheet, with a lap around two seconds off Lorenzo’s pace. His new teammate Bradley Smith sat things out and expects to get through all his test work for this week on Tuesday.

The new Honda RCV1000R was used for the first time by the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team as Scott Redding also got his 2014 MotoGP preparations underway, the Englishman ending up 11th overall. Cristian Gabarrini from HRC got Redding’s initial feedback on the new prototype, which the teams will adapt to over the winter.

Hiroshi Aoyama officially joined the Power Electronics Aspar team on Monday, but with Aspar only having one of their new Hondas ready for today, Nicky Hayden will have to wait until Tuesday to ride it. Aoyama was ninth best on the timesheet, 1.8s down on Lorenzo’s P1 pace.

Mike di Meglio has not ridden since the Brno Moto2™ race due to serious injury, but he was back on track today testing with the Avintia Blusens team.

Randy de Puniet should be testing with the PBM team on Tuesday as they look to confirm direction for next season, with the 2014-spec ART being prepared for the Frenchman on Monday.

The testing action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (10am-5pm both days). Live video coverage will be available again through on Tuesday (11am-2pm).





MotoGP: Aragon, Pedrosa c’è

Domenica, 30 settembre 2012
Daniel Pedrosa (Honda Repsol), con una vittoria di forza e carattere, archivia il Gran Premio Iveco di Aragon, riducendo a 33 i punti di svantaggio dal connazionale Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), secondo sul podio.
Sul terzo gradino l’ottimo Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha Monster Tech3), che riesce a spuntarla sul compagno di squadra Cal Crutchlow dopo un entusiasmante testa a testa proprio nel finale di gara. Andrea, con la gara di Aragon, porta a sei i podi nel corso della stagione 2012.

Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory Racing

Andrea Dovizioso - Yamaha Monster Tech3

Al via tutti ci saremmo aspettati la solita partenza “a fionda” di Dani, ma allo start le posizioni rimangono invariate. Il primo errore in gara arriva proprio da Valentino Rossi (Team Ducati), che in fondo al rettilineo va lungo in staccata per evitare Jonathan Rea; per fortuna l’italiano trova una via di fuga, ma al suo rientro in pista si ritrova purtroppo in ultima posizione, costretto ad affrontare un’improbabile rimonta. Ma per la Ducati oggi i problemi non finiscono qui. Dopo qualche giro anche Nicky Hayden va lungo e finisce contro i cartelloni lungo la pista e vola letteralmente fuori dal circuito. Immediatamente portato al centro medico, al pilota americano non viene diagnosticato nessun problema, ma rimarrà a riposo per tutto il resto della gara. Più o meno la stessa sorte tocca al pilota tedesco Stefan Bradl. I primi due viaggiano insieme quando, a 17 giri dal termine, arriva l’attacco di Dani Pedrosa al connazionale. Il sorpasso avviene in staccata con le due moto piegate; il maiorchino, probabilmente in ottica mondiale, non oppone nessuna resistenza.
Dani si impadronisce quindi della prima posizione, che manterrà in tutta tranquillità fino a fine gara, complice anche una brutta imbarcata della Yamaha M1 di Jorge che probabilmente da un forte segnale di usura della gomma posteriore al suo pilota, costringendolo ad essere cauto sulla manopola del gas!
Nel frattempo nelle retrovie, Valentino Rossi è autore di una bella rimonta portando la sua Ducati fino all’ottavo posto. Ormai Dani ha un cospicuo vantaggio su Jorge, e l’attenzione si sposta giustamente sulla lotta per il terzo gradino del podio che vede coinvolti ben tre piloti: Ben Spies (Yamaha Racing Factory), ed i compagni di squadra Cal Crutchlow e Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha Monster Tech3). Dopo qualche giro di studio, Andrea passa il suo compagno di box e si lancia all’inseguimento del pilota americano, che raggiunge e sorpassa. Dopo qualche curva Ben Spies verrà superato anche da Cal Crutchlow. I due piloti del Team Yamaha Monster Tech3 daranno poi vita ad una splendida bagarre fino all’ultima curva, ma sarà l’italiano a spuntarla riuscendo a salire sul terzo gradino del podio.

Quindi una vittoria di carattere per Daniel Pedrosa, che dimostra il suo momento di splendida forma, e che riduce a 33 le lunghezze di distacco da Jorge Lorenzo, oggi costretto ad ammettere la netta superiorità dell’accoppiata Daniel/Honda HRC. Con questo risultato Dani festeggia nel migliore dei modi il suo 27° compleanno, dimostrando di essere il pilota più in forma del momento.

Io però una cosa me la chiedo ugualmente. Come già detto, ad oggi Daniel Pedrosa è sicuramente il pilota da battere, ma al rientro di Casey Stoner (che molto probabilmente avverrà nel Round di Motegi in Giappone), Dani continuerà a dimostrare quanto fatto fino ad ora? Il canguro australiano, potrebbe aiutare il compagno di squadra “camomillo” (mica tanto in queste ultime gare…) nella conquista del titolo iridato, oppure vorrà lasciare le corse con una grande prova di forza?

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FONTE: FANPAGE.IT MotoGP: Aragon, Pedrosa c’è
ARTICOLO e FOTOGRAFIE: Felice Monteleone

Fanpage è una testata giornalistica registrata presso il Tribunale di Napoli n. 57 del 26/07/2011.

MotoGP: Rossi e Lorenzo di nuovo compagni di squadra?

Valentino Rossi

Il comunicato ufficiale sarà diffuso nella mattinata di Ferragosto, ma già oggi possiamo dire con certezza assoluta che nelle prossime 2 stagioni Valentino Rossi correrà con la Yamaha al fianco di Jorge Lorenzo. Una decisione – quella del pilota – maturata nei giorni successivi alla pessima prestazione nel Gran Premio degli Stati Uniti conclusa da Rossi con una brutta caduta all’approccio della curva del cavatappi.

Insomma dalla Ducati Valentino non ha ricevuto le garanzie tecniche che invocava da mesi, quindi ha considerato la Yamaha come unica alternativa per chiudere in maniera dignitosa la sua carriera nel motomondiale prima di pensare a nuove avventure, che non escludono il suo passaggio alla Superbike.

A gennaio, nel meeting di Madonna di Campiglio, Rossi aveva sottolineato l’intenzione di correre in MotoGP fino al termine del 2014, di qui la durata biennale del contratto che lo legherà alla Yamaha. Con la casa giapponese Rossi ha vinto 46 Gran Premi e 4 titoli mondiali prima di un divorzio maturato per la difficile convivenza con Jorge Lorenzo che nel 2010 vinse il campionato. Ora i rapporti con il pilota spagnolo sono cambiati in meglio. La Ducati ovviamente era già al corrente della decisione e ora dovrà muoversi sul mercato per trovare un pilota da affiancare a Hayden nella prossima stagione. In pole position ci sono Andrea Dovizioso e Cal Crutchlow. Chiudiamo con una piccola curiosità: sempre il 15 agosto di due anni fa, arrivò a Brno l’annuncio di Valentino in Ducati.

ARTICOLO COMPLETO: MotoGP: Rossi-Yamaha, è fatta?.


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