MotoGP Official Test - Jerez - Testing
Date : 23/03/2013 Weather : Heavy Rain Air : 14°C Track : 29°C Humidity : 93%

Heavy rain upsets testing on first day in Jerez

The final pre-season test of 2013 has begun in very wet conditions in Jerez, Spain.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez waited until lunchtime to take to the 4.4km track in the South of Spain with lap times over ten seconds slower than the pole time from 2008 (1'38.189) as rain showers continued throughout the day.

However, both riders used the opportunity to work on wet set up. Dani, second fastest of the day, decided to finish at 16h00 after completing 30 laps with a fastest lap of 1'48.474 set on lap 23. He focused mainly on chassis stiffness and various set ups hoping the weather would dry up so the team could commence their testing programme.

For his teammate Marc, it was the first real opportunity to ride in fully wet conditions to understand tyre degradation and also traction control on the MotoGP machines in the rain. He also finished early, at 17h00, with the third fastest lap of the day, 1'48.524 - just five hundredths off Dani, set on lap 29 of 38.

Testing will resume tomorrow at 10am local time.

Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - 2nd - 1'48.474
"Today was the first day of testing here in Jerez and we were able to try various things in the wet. We had some very productive laps, as the asphalt was very wet. Sometimes there isn't enough water on the track and the conditions aren't adequate. The feeling with the bike is very positive, because after so many days riding in the dry it was good to go out in the wet. Let's see if in the coming days we have more luck and can ride more in the dry, in order to try out the last few things before the season starts"
Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - 3rd - 1'48.524
"Today was a very important day for us, because we tried out the bike in the wet. In Malaysia we only did four laps in the wet and it wasn't as wet as it was here. We've made steady improvement in these conditions. I was very rigid on the bike at the start, but improved and realised it is very important to be smooth. Also, I notice wet tyres wear quite quickly at this track. This is something I have to learn how to manage, because they can catch you out. I also learnt that traction control in the wet is much more important than in the dry. We still have a lot to improve. We have a good fast lap, but need to improve on used tyres and on our own consistency"

Testing Results

1 Jorge Lorenzo 1'47.423 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'48.474 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Marc Marquez 1'48.524 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Iannone 1'48.984 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
5 Michele Pirro 1'49.292 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
6 Valentino Rossi 1'49.443 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
7 Nicky Hayden 1'49.643 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Cal Crutchlow 1'49.692 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Stefan Bradl 1'49.790 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Andrea Dovizioso 1'50.266 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Ben Spies 1'50.957 USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
12 Yonny Hernandez 1'51.269 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
13 Alvaro Bautista 1'51.277 SPA HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
14 Karel Abraham 1'51.333 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Claudio Corti 1'52.034 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Bradley Smith 1'52.047 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
17 Danilo Petrucci 1'52.180 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Hector Barbera 1'52.291 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'52.676 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Colin Edwards 1'53.992 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Bryan Staring 1'56.119 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
22 Lukas Pesek 1'56.413 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Michael Laverty 1'56.931 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport

Circuit information

First race 1987 (Modified 2002)
GPs held 26
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


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)
2012 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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