MotoGP Official Test Jerez

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March 24, 2013

Pedrosa Fastest Honda Man On Day Two Of Jerez MotoGP Test


The second day of the three day MotoGP test at Jerez began with the same wet conditions as yesterday that caused disruption for the entire opening day. It was lunchtime before the rain stopped and the track began to dry out allowing the riders to fit slick tyres and get down to serious testing and development work. The rain returned at 17.00. ending any chance of faster lap times.

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Dani Pedrosa
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Alvaro Bautista

Dani Pedrosa was again the fastest RC213V rider. The Repsol Honda teamster spent a large part of the dry time confirming machine settings developed at earlier MotoGP winter tests concentrating on rear suspension and electronics. His Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez worked on rear end grip in a bid to improve his performance but ended the day a little frustrated that his efforts did not deliver the hoped for results. Both riders need dry track time tomorrow in order to complete the programme HRC engineers have set for Jerez.

Alvaro Bautista's day ended early, two hours before the end when he crashed his GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V. Bautista was taken to the track side medical center for treatment which revealed two small fractures to the fingers his left hand. However, Bautista had made good use of the dry track top to record sixth fastest time of the day while testing new Showa suspension parts.

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Marc Márquez
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Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl was another RC213V rider to fall, his second crash in two days, the slippery surface was his undoing today but he escaped unhurt and will be fit to test tomorrow when he hopes for optimum conditions to complete his winter test programme by fine-tuning the set-up of his RC213V.

GO & FUN Honda Gresini CRT rider Bryan Staring got the dry weather he so desperately needed to learn all he could about his new mount and the Jerez circuit and was delighted with his performance on day two of the test. The Australian ran 39 laps today and set fast consistent times during the dry period to end the session with growing confidence in the machine and his Gresini Honda pit crew.

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Bryan Staring
Dani Pedrosa(Repsol Honda Team): 4th. 1m 39.630s
“Today we were lucky enough to be able to complete some dry laps which was important, even though the track was quite dirty. We reconfirmed some things from the other tests here at a different track, nothing really new. Unfortunately we were not able to complete the whole programme before the rain came again but happy that we did some laps. Let's hope tomorrow stays dry so we can continue our programme and finish in the best way before Qatar”
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini): 6th. 1m 40.686s
“We didn't need the crash because we were having a good day and getting a lot of work done together with Showa. The latest updates were working well but we didn't get to finish the programme we had planned. It's a shame but the only consolation is that we would have had to stop shortly afterwards anyway because of the rain. Unfortunately I ended up with fractures to two of my fingers and a knee strain which has put the final day of the test in doubt. We will let the Clinica Mobile doctors assess my condition in the morning and take it from there.”
Marc Márquez(Repsol Honda Team): 7th. 1m 40.714s
“We managed 36 laps and improved quite a lot from the beginning to the end but we can still improve a lot further. At first I found myself riding the Moto2 lines but gradually I learnt and began taking different lines which suit the MotoGP machine better. We worked on the rear grip and struggled to improve, maybe we spent too much time in this area. However, we fixed some problems and now we have some new issues to deal with that we must work on tomorrow”
Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP): 8th. 1m 40.783s
“Today it was not the perfect day for us but at least we had some dry conditions. However, poor grip conditions after yesterdays washout with the front end going into corners, in the braking area. It took us some time to analyze the problem and I also crashed because if a lack of confidence with the front. When we had adjusted the problem I could lap with more confidence increasing the feeling with the bike but I know we still have to fine-tune the package to go faster.”
Bryan Staring(GO & FUN Honda Gresini): 21st. 1m 42.107s.
“I am really happy because we have been able to make a lot of progress compared to yesterday and, with the help of the team, set some fast and consistent lap times. I have to say that I really love Jerez, I reckon it is one of the nicest tracks in the world and that has given me another push. Now we need to confirm our pace tomorrow and try to show everybody and myself what my true potential is.”

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