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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2014: Marquez leads on opening day of Sepang test


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2014 MotoGP™ Official Press Release

World Champion Marc Marquez topped the timesheets as this week’s Sepang Official MotoGP™ Test began today. The Repsol Honda Team rider led the way from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, with leading Open rider Aleix Espargaro seventh for NGM Mobile Forward.

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Following the usual break for lunch in the middle of the day, the final of the eight hours saw track temperatures drop which allowed riders to push for quicker lap times. This duly saw Marquez post 2’00.286, half a second up on Rossi as both the Italian and Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa jumped ahead of Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha in the final minutes of the day. The top six was completed by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl.

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At Repsol Honda, this year’s RC213V features a larger air intake in an attempt to increase top speeds and improve throttle response on the exit of corners, with Marquez posting the leading effort fresh from historically claiming the title in Valencia last year. In the Yamaha garage, Rossi continued to develop his working relationship with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera, who first worked alongside the nine-time World Champion for the post-race test after the final Grand Prix of 2013.

Much attention was on Ducati Team, with talk continuing to circulate that the outfit could elect to race under the new Open regulations this year; this would allow up to 24 litres of fuel as opposed to the 20 of the Factory Options, as well as working on engines during the season and not being limited by the new engine freeze. Also this season, all bikes in the field are running the spec ECU hardware for the first time; however Factory Options are free to use their own software, whereas Opens must adapt the spec software as supplied by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli.

The leading Open representative on this occasion was Forward’s Aleix Espargaro (seventh position), with Factory Option riders Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mates) helping to complete the top ten. Colin Edwards (Forward) overcame early technical difficulties to finish 11th quickest, as Ducati Team filled spots 12 to 14 with Andrea Dovizioso, test rider Michele Pirro and Cal Crutchlow. The leading Honda RCV1000R customer bike was that of 2006 title winner Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) in 17th place.

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At Paul Bird Motorsport, Michael Laverty (25th position) suffered a frustrating start to proceedings, plagued first by brake problems and then by an engine failure. All teams were present with the exception of IodaRacing, which plans to make its 2014 track debut at the second Sepang test which is to run at the end of the month.

Testing continues at the Sepang International Circuit over the next two days, again running between 10am and 6pm local time (GMT +8).

MotoGP2013: Marquez and Lorenzo commence tense Championship decider


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Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
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Thu, 7 November 2013

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Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo are set for the big decider this weekend at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, where one of the two will walk away as World Champion. They spoke to the assembled press at the Thursday pre-race press conference joined by Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden as well as Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith.

In a slight change to the norm, that press conference was preceded by one featuring the Moto3™ title protagonists in the form of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins – all of who could also be crowned World Champion on Sunday.

Back in the premier-class however it was Marquez who commenced proceedings: “We need to finish in the top four and that is not easy with all of those guys in MotoGP. The mentality is the same as on other weekends: try to do my best Friday, Saturday in the Warm-Up and the race. We will see whether we can fight for the win, fight for the podium or just fight for some points.”

Lorenzo, who has a 13-point deficit over Marquez, knows he has a tough task at hand: “I am sure that, if he can, Valentino will help me, just as I would help him if he found himself in the same situation as me. The important thing is to be fast from Friday onwards and of course especially in the race. I think Marc and myself should be very proud as two Spaniards fighting for the MotoGP world title. I think the best strategy is try to win the race. That’s it. That’s the only thing I can do. We are fighting with a lot of Honda riders and that’s the only thing we can do. Let’s see if it rains on Sunday, but in normal circumstances I think it is very difficult.”

Pedrosa, who won in Valencia last year, had to respond to journalists on the topic of “Team Orders”: “HRC has no team orders as far as I know and I think he is still 13 points ahead and always on the podium, so I think he’s capable of doing it anyway, but sure I’ll try to do my best in the race. And winning it would be the best way of helping the team.”

Rossi, veering off topic slightly, announced the split from his long-term crew chief Jeremy Burgess: “The target is to fight with the top three each weekend. This season it has happened, but not so often. We have had some very good races, with some podiums, and especially one victory. For me, the best way to help Jorge is to try and be in front of Marc. I know it’s very difficult, but for sure I will try. The rumours are true. Not that I am not happy with Jeremy, but I think next year Jeremy will not be my chief mechanic. It was a very difficult decision for me because I have a great history with him. He is not just my chief mechanic but part of my family and my father of racing. But I have decided that next year I need to change something to try and find new motivation to have a new boost to improve my level and my speed.”

Hayden, who clinched the title here in 2006, does not see a great similarity between his race here and what the two Spaniards are about to commence: “Not really. Obviously it’s a lot better to be eight points down [as he was in 2006]. He has a bigger margin, so he needs more to happen. You have to think Marc is in a much better spot – I would much rather be in his spot than Jorge…actually, I would rather be in any of their spots! Marc is not exactly your typical rookie and you would think without any problems he should get it done, but you never know until the flag flies on Sunday.”

Smith, coming to the end of his rookie season, is pleased with how things have gone, yet also believes that next year’s newbies will maybe have more of an instant impact: “We seem to have been ahead of our own personal targets and also what Yamaha expected of me, so that is really nice. I am pleased with the final outcome and also looking forward to the winter before coming back and having another go next year. I didn’t really have the best end to my Moto2 championship and didn’t come into this season with the highest confidence, so I think my jump was a bit more from what we’ll see from Scott and Pol.”

The Moto3™ contenders are tightly bunched at the top of the table, with Salom holding only a two-point lead over Viñales. The Red Bull rider commented: “I want to say thanks to Maverick and Alex for making this championship so nice. I have enjoyed this year a lot and the position on Sunday won’t matter. Of course I want to win if I can, but I won’t mind about the position. But I will remember this season forever and have always remembered fighting with them. We have won seven races this year, which is a lot and we need to continue as we have been doing across the other races.”

Viñales, who knows he has to win, will be giving all he can to take the title: “I don’t believe it! Japan was incredible. This is an opportunity and we will try to make the best result and find the best setting for the race. We have worked really hard all season but this weekend we’ll try to work even harder than usual. Winning is the only result we can do to win the championship. We’ll try to do our best and do the best possible in the race.”

Rins added: “My team and I will try to work in the same line as we have at other circuits – and that’s it. Maybe in the race we need to do a better strategy, like Salom’s strategy, which with he has won seven races, so maybe I can do that strategy but in the end we will see.”

Earlier in the day, Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro and Mapfre Aspar’s Nico Terol took part in a popular Spanish sport called Padel at the Agora Tennis Court in Valencia. They received the best tuition possible with the stars of the World Padel Tour, Pablo Lima, Juani Mieres, Miguel Lamperti and Maxi Grabiel at hand to show them the ropes.

MotoGP: I test in Malesia danno il via alla stagione 2013


“La moto è migliorata, Lorenzo e il suo team hanno fatto un bel lavoro. La 1000cc è più veloce ma è anche più facile da guidare e questo grazie ad un bel passo in avanti a livello di elettronica. Puoi farci quello che vuoi, più o meno”. Queste la parole di Valentino Rossi dopo il primo vero test alla guida della sua nuova Yamaha M1.

05 Febbraio 2013: Sepang (Malesia)
Oggi, con la prima sessione di test, si apre ufficialmente a Sepang la stagione 2013 della MotoGP.
Quest’anno la Spagna presenta tre favoriti alla lotta al titolo iridato: l’attuale campione del mondo in carica Jorge Lorenzo su Yamaha Factory Racing, Dani Pedrosa su Honda Repsol ,e la new entry Marc Marquez attuale campione del mondo della categoria Moto2, ai quali si aggiunge sicuramente Valentino Rossi al suo ritorno in casa Yamaha al fianco del pilota majorchino.

La sessione di test non poteva iniziare in un modo migliore, e sono proprio i quattro piloti appena nominati che, sull’asfalto del Sepang International Circuit, si danno battaglia a ritmo di giri veloci. Bastano pochi giri ed ecco tornare il pilota di Tavullia al primo posto della classifica provvisoria, del resto il feeling con la M1 non lo ha mai perso. Dani e Jorge seguono a brevissima distanza; a fine giornata sarà Dani Pedrosa a fa segnare le prestazione migliore, seguito da Lorenzo, Marquez e Rossi. Il distacco tra i primi quattro è inferiore al mezzo secondo.
Siamo ancora alla prima giornata di test, ed altre ne seguiranno, ma questi primi e pochi dati potrebbero essere sufficienti a dare una prospettiva abbastanza chiara su chi sarà in lotta per il titolo mondiale 2013.

Valentino Rossi durante la prima intervista ufficiale post sessione, ha dichiarato con il sorriso sulle labbra “Questa è la mia moto“. Il pilota di Tavullia ha immediatamente trovato il giusto feeling con la M1 girando subito su tempi molto veloci. Valentino ringrazia anche il suo ritrovato compagno di squadra, dandogli il merito di aver contribuito alla realizzazione di una moto ancor migliore di quella che il dottore lasciò nel 2010 per abbracciare l’esperienza poco fruttuosa in Ducati.

Anche il campione del mondo Jorge Lorenzo si dimostra soddisfatto della sua M1, elogiando le doti del nuovo telaio elencandone vantaggi e svantaggi, ma rimanendo ancora dubbioso sul problema principale della Yamaha: la moto continua a muoversi molto in accelerazione

Desmosedici che lasci, Desmosedici che trovi?
E’ brutto anticipare le conclusioni, soprattutto alla fine della prima sessione di test, ma guardando in casa Ducati, mi sembra di vedere un film già visto più di una volta. La casa di Borgo Panigale, da poco passata sotto la dirigenza Audi, ha chiuso la prima giornata con Nicky Hayden e Andrea Dovizioso, rispettivamente con il 10° e 13° tempo fermando il cronometro a più di 2″ dalla vetta della classifica. E’ chiaro che la base della moto è quella dello scorso anno, ma è sicuramente da qui che bisogna ripartire per capire le problematiche di questa “rossa” nel tentativo di renderla più competitiva.

Tra qualche ora i campioni della MotoGP scenderanno nuovamente in pista a Sepang per la seconda sessione di prove ufficiali in vista della prima gara che si terrà Domenica 7 Aprile sul circuito di Losail in Quatar

Si ringrazia la DORNA SL per la gentile concessione ed utilizzo delle immagini

MotoGP – Test positivo per Pedrosa e Rea


Lunedì, 27 agosto 2012
Il Repsol Honda Team è sceso nuovamente in pista questa mattina a Brno dopo la fantastica vittoria di Dani Pedrosa, che ieri si è aggiudicato il Gran Premio della Repubblica Ceca.

Dani ha sfruttato al massimo la giornata di test per completare l’intenso programma di lavoro che copriva varie aree, incluso cercare di risolvere le problematiche legate al chattering e la prova di un nuovo ammortizzatore posteriore. Insieme a Dani, in pista anche Jonathan Rea, in sostituzione di Casey Stoner, infortunato. Jonathan ha dedicato questa prima giornata di prove a familiarizzare con la RC213V e le gomme Bridgestone.

Il Team continuerà il programma di test ad Aragon, in Spagna il 4 e 5 settembre.

Dani Pedrosa
“Oggi abbiamo svolto una giornata di test per migliorare il feeling che avevo ieri in gara. Abbiamo provato alcune soluzioni per cercare di ridurre il chattering, che rimane un problema complicato da risolvere. Abbiamo lavorato principalmente sull’elettronica e le sospensioni per avere più grip nel punto di massima inclinazione e in uscita di curva. Ho provato un nuovo ammortizzatore Öhlins che mi ha dato sensazioni positive ed adesso abbiamo alcune idee per i prossimi test ad Aragon la prossima settimana. La pista era un po’ più lenta rispetto a ieri e nel pomeriggio c’era molto vento, ma è stato un test importante, Brno è un buon circuito per provare ed inoltre avevamo tutti i riferime nti ancora freschi della gara di ieri”.

Jonathan Rea
“Per me questa è un’occasione unica e ringrazio Honda per avermi chiesto di venire qui, anche se mi dispiace per i ragazzi del team e per Casey, perché oggi doveva esserci lui. Desidero augurargli una pronta guarigione. La mia prima impressione è stata che la moto non è così difficile da guidare, mentre trovo difficoltà nel capire il comportamento delle gomme. Fatico in uscita di curva e questo sicuramente è un aspetto legato alla confidenza con la moto perché devo solo caricare il davanti e ad avere fiducia, ma questo è solo il mio primo giorno e non voglio ancora trovare il limite o rischiare di oltrepassarlo. È stato utilissimo poter vedere i dati di Dani e imparare dove spingere. Non sottovaluto la mole di lavoro che mi aspetta, ho solo bisogno di tempo, senza sentire la pressione di dover subito dimostrare. È un processo di apprendimento con il team e le persone che mi circondano. Sono stato un pilota Honda per tutta la mia carriera ed avere la possibilità di guidare la miglior Honda al mondo è un sogno che diventa realtà”.

Articolo Completo: MotoGP.com · Test positivo per Pedrosa e Rea.
SOURCE & CREDITS: MOTOGP.COM

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Monday, 27 August 2012
The Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Brno today after Dani Pedrosa’s fantastic win in yesterday’s Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.

Pedrosa spent the day completing a busy testing programme covering many areas, including chatter issues and also a new rear shock. Also on track for Repsol Honda was Jonathan Rea, replacing the injured Casey Stoner. Rea used this first test to familiarise himself with the 1000cc machine and adapt to the Bridgestone tyres.

The team will resume their test schedule in Aragón on the 4th and 5th of September.

Dani Pedrosa
“Today, we’ve done a general test looking to improve the feelings we had in yesterday’s race. We tried some ideas to reduce the chatter, but this is something very difficult to fix, so we’ve been basically working on the electronics and the suspension trying to find more edge grip and in the exit of the corner. I tried a new Öhlins shock which gave me some positive feelings and now we have some new ideas to try in Aragón next week.”

Jonathan Rea
“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m thankful to Honda for asking me to be here, although I’m gutted for the guys in the team and obviously for Casey as he is the guy that should be here and I wish him a fast recovery. My first impressions are that the bike isn’t that difficult, it’s the tyres and the way they work that I’m finding hard. I’m struggling to finish off the corner, which is definitely a confidence issue as I just need to load the front and find that confidence but it’s my first day and I don’t want to find that limit, or risk overstepping it just yet. It’s great to be able to see Dani’s data and learn where to go fast, that’s a big help. I don’t underestimate how tough a job it is, I just need some time and I don’t feel pressure to perform, it’s a learning process with the team and people around me. It’s been a great day, one of the best days of my life. I’ve been a Honda rider all my career and now to ride the best Honda machine in the World has been a dream come true.”

Full Article: MotoGP.com · Positive test for Pedrosa and learning day for Rea.
SOURCE & CREDITS: MOTOGP.COM

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