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MotoGP Official Test - Jerez - 23/03/2012

Date : 23/03/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 24 degrees, Ground: 41 degrees
Humidity : 49%

The Repsol Honda Team starts the final test in Jerez

The Jerez circuit opened its doors today to welcome the MotoGP riders for the last pre-season test of 2012, which will finish on Sunday.

After the tests held in Malaysia and, for the first time with factory and CRT bikes sharing the track, the Repsol Honda team again topped the time sheets: Casey Stoner was the fastest rider on track today with a lap time of 1'39.146 and Dani Pedrosa finished in third position with 1.39' 579.

CASEY STONER
 
CASEY STONER –1st 1'39.146
 
"Today has been quite good, we did race distance with a soft set tyres this morning and we were getting quicker and quicker as we progressed but I think also the circuit was getting better. Then we put the hard tyre on and did a tyre comparison and we had very similar feelings to what we had in Sepang. We tried a few things with the chassis as the bike was proving slow to turn in the corner but in general it is working well especially at the end of the tyre life. On the last exit we did our fastest lap on a new soft rear tyre. It's been a good first day".

DANI PEDROSA
 
DANI PEDROSA –3rd 1'39.579
 
"It's been a pretty tough day, the mechanics had a lot of work to do in the garage and I've been stationary a long time, so it was not easy to get into the rhythm quickly. But I'm happy because we have a clear idea about the changes we need to do on the bike to improve tomorrow, especially on braking and the exits of the corners. We also tested the new front Bridgestone tyre, but just for a few laps, so I will keep testing it tomorrow to know if it's better. Unfortunately, in the afternoon I had a problem on one bike and I couldn't use it any more, so I spent quite a long time in the box between runs and thinking about the changes we want to do. We didn't have too much chattering today, but I think it's because of the circuit characteristics".
Testing Results
1 Casey Stoner 1'39.146 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'39.419 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 1'39.579 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Ben Spies 1'39.984 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Cal Crutchlow 1'40.130 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Nicky Hayden 1'40.512 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 1'40.545 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'40.665 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Valentino Rossi 1'40.920 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Stefan Bradl 1'40.983 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Randy De Puniet 1'41.015 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
12 Hector Barbera 1'41.388 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
13 Karel Abraham 1'41.603 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
14 Aleix Espargaro 1'42.293 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
15 Franco Battaini 1'42.403 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
16 Colin Edwards 1'42.462 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Michelle Pirro 1'42.665 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
18 Danillo Petrucci 1'42.750 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
19 Mattia Pasini 1'43.006 ITA ART Speed Master
20 Yonny Hernandez 1'43.437 COL BQR-FTR BQR
21 James Ellison 1'43.477 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
22 Ivan Silva 1'44.025 SPA BQR-FTR BQR


Circuit information
First race 1987 (Modified 2002)
GPs held 25
Laps 27
Race distance 119.421km / 74.196miles
Track length 4.423km / 2.748miles
Track width 11m
Longest straight 0.600km / 0.373miles
Corners 13 (8 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m38.189s (162.164Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race lap 1m39.731s (159.657Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2010)
Race time 45m17.538s (158.200Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
2011 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)


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