Lorenzo Leads On Rain Affected Start To Jerez Test


Jorge Lorenzo set the pace by a full second on day one of the final pre-season test at Jerez although the weather didn’t allow the most representative of running. The world champion led a familiar top three including Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez but the circuit was never fit for dry tyres at any stage.

Lorenzo found the best of the conditions to clock a 1:47.423 but was more encouraged by the way his Yamaha YZR-M1 looked after the wet tyres as the track evolved.

“We stayed on the track the whole day in the wet conditions and it was good to see how the bike performed. We improved a little bit but then the rear tyre dropped so we have to calm the bike down a little bit in the acceleration. We are quite good in the wet here in Jerez. It’s the first time we are in these conditions so it’s important to understand what our levels are. It’s important to be competitive in this situation. We proved when the track was drying up that we could keep the performance of the rear tyre over distance. It doesn’t matter how fast you are in one lap, if you can’t keep the level over the whole race you cannot win.”

Pedrosa and Marquez matched each other in the mid-1:48s and were both fairly satisfied despite the sizeable gap between themselves and Lorenzo while Andrea Iannone shone in the tricky conditions to finish fourth on the Pramac Ducati. The Italian squad’s test rider Michele Pirro took fifth ahead of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden with Cal Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso completing a top ten spread out over 2.8 seconds.

Bradley Smith and Michael Laverty kept their running to a minimum, finishing 16th and 23rd respectively, while the Aspar team chose not to go out all day and save their new engine for dry conditions.

 

Official MotoGP Test – Jerez (Saturday 22nd March)
Pos Rider Nat Team Time Laps  
1 99. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:47.423 39  
2 26. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:48.474 30
3 93. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 1:48.524 38
4 29. Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:48.984 27
5 51. Michele Pirro Ducati Test Team 1:49.292 48
6 46. Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 1:49.443 36
7 69. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1:49.643 20
8 35. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:49.692 19
9 6. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 1:49.790 33
10 04. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:50.266 22
11 11. Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing 1:50.957 18
12 68. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 1:51.269 31
13 19. Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 1:51.277 31
14 17. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:51.333 26
15 71. Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:52.034 35
16 38. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:52.047 14
17 9. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 1:52.180 18
18 8. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 1:52.291 17
19 7. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 1:52.676 56
20 5. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:53.992 17
21 67. Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 1:56.119 37
22 52. Lukas Pesek Came Ioda Racing Project 1:56.413 17
23 33. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 1:56.931 12
24 14. Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar No Time 0
25 41. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar No Time 0