Cal Crutchlow was the fastest man on the final day of pre-season testing at Jerez as the MotoGP teams finalised their preparation for the 2013 campaign. The Briton set the pace in conditions that remained less than favourable with Sunday leader Valentino Rossi taking second two tenths adrift.
The circuit was wet once again when the pitlane opened in the morning following overnight rain and that prompted Dani Pedrosa to finish his programme early, choosing not to turn a wheel all day. This a decision mirrored by Ben Spies and Alvaro Bautista although injuries also came into the consideration for them with Spies still nursing a painful shoulder while Bautista was eager not to repeat the accident with fractured two fingers on Sunday.
Crutchlow’s 1:39.511 was the quickest among the riders who did go out with Rossi second, unable to match his Sunday benchmark. Stefan Bradl was the last rider under 1:40 in third with reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo fourth fastest on a 1:40.105, fractionally faster than Marc Marquez on the sole Repsol Honda to turn a wheel.
A quartet of Ducatis came next as the GP13 continued its competitive form on the twisty Jerez circuit. Andrea Iannone completed his impressive week with sixth place ahead of the factory teammates Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso with test rider Michele Pirro bringing up the rear in ninth after trying several experimental parts.
Randy de Puniet remained the top CRT rider in tenth position with Bradley Smith separating him from teammate Aleix Espargaro. Smith completed more laps than anyone else as he continues to acclimatise to the 1000cc Yamaha but the next time he will ride it in anger will be first practice in Qatar. The same goes for Michael Laverty on Paul Bird Motorsport’s home-built chassis and the Ulsterman was nineteenth on the final day.
|Official MotoGP Test – Jerez (Monday 25th March)|
|1||35. Cal Crutchlow||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:39.511||30||Report|
|2||46. Valentino Rossi||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:39.735||32||Report|
|3||6. Stefan Bradl||LCR Honda MotoGP||1:39.975||26||Report|
|4||99. Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:40.105||42||Report|
|5||93. Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||1:40.130||34||Report|
|6||29. Andrea Iannone||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||1:40.331||25|
|7||69. Nicky Hayden||Ducati Team||1:40.370||42||Report|
|8||04. Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||1:40.516||30||Report|
|9||51. Michele Pirro||Ducati Test Team||1:40.881||44|
|10||14. Randy de Puniet||Power Electronics Aspar||1:40.971||24|
|11||38. Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:41.134||56||Report|
|12||41. Aleix Espargaro||Power Electronics Aspar||1:41.218||39|
|13||71. Claudio Corti||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:41.443||44||Report|
|14||7. Hiroshi Aoyama||Avintia Blusens||1:41.772||41|
|15||52. Lukas Pesek||Came Ioda Racing Project||1:41.791||49|
|16||17. Karel Abraham||Cardion AB Motoracing||1:41.864||36|
|17||68. Yonny Hernandez||Paul Bird Motorsport||1:42.363||25|
|18||9. Danilo Petrucci||Came IodaRacing Project||1:42.428||18|
|19||33. Michael Laverty||Paul Bird Motorsport||1:42.470||36|
|20||67. Bryan Staring||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||1:43.525||41||Report|
|21||5. Colin Edwards||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||1:56.281||14||Report|
|22||8. Hector Barbera||Avintia Blusens||1:56.897||5|
|23||11. Ben Spies||Ignite Pramac Racing||No Time||0|
|24||19. Alvaro Bautista||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||No Time||0||Report|
|25||26. Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||No Time||0||Report|