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Mar 25

Crutchlow in command at Jerez MotoGP test

Circuito de Jerez, Monday 25 March 2013

MotoGP - Cal Crutchlow - Monster Yamaha Tech 3Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow capped off an impressive pre-season by topping the timesheet at Jerez during a late flurry of activity on the final day of testing.

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  • Bridgestone slick compounds: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: (CRT) Extra-soft, Soft. (Non-CRT): Soft, Medium
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds: Hard
  • Weather: Sat: Wet/Dry. Sun: Wet/Dry Mon: Wet/Dry. Ambient 14-22°C; Track 13-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)

On a damp but rapidly drying track, Crutchlow posted a time of 1’39.511 on the combination of the medium front and soft rear slicks to edge out Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi into second overall by just fourteenth-thousandths of a second. On the other Yamaha Factory Racing M1, Jorge Lorenzo’s best lap of 1’39.540 secured Yamaha the top three fastest times at the test. The highest placed CRT rider at Jerez was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet whose time of 1’40.971 was 1.460 seconds off the pace and twelfth quickest overall.

A total of twenty-five riders took part in the Jerez test, with a wide range of weather conditions allowing teams to work on bike settings for wet and dry conditions. Rain fell on each day of the test and track temperatures varied from a low of 13°C at the start of testing on Saturday to a peak of 32°C at 1400 on the second day of the test.

MotoGP - Valentino Rossi - Yamaha Factory Racing

Sunday and Monday afternoon presented a track that was mainly dry but with damp patches with riders opting for the softer slick compounds during these periods for maximum grip and warm-up performance in the challenging conditions. For the Jerez test, Bridgestone supplied the hard compound wet tyre, but long runs in wet conditions revealed that the abrasive surface of the Jerez circuit caused excessive wear for some riders. In response, Bridgestone has changed its production schedule to ensure each rider will have two extra-hard compound rear wet tyres delivered for the Jerez race weekend that commences on May 3rd.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“The weather conditions at Jerez were quite variable with lots of rain, but from our perspective this test gave us a lot of valuable data. The long periods of wet weather allowed us to gather a lot of data on wet tyre performance at this circuit, and our analysis and rider feedback indicated that at this track with the 1000cc bikes, a wet tyre with more durability is required. Consequently, we will provide each rider with two extra-hard rear wet tyres in their allocation for the Jerez race. Although the rain did stop on the last two days of the test, the state of track surface wasn’t ideal, so it was positive to see that riders were able to lap within the circuit record in the cool and damp conditions.

“Overall, I am pleased with what we achieved during our pre-season test programme and I’d like to thank all the riders and teams for their cooperation over the past couple of months. I am looking forward to the first race at Qatar and to what promises to be an exciting season.”

 

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’39.511
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha Factory Racing Team 1’39.525
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Team 1’39.540
4 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’39.630
5 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 1’39.975
6 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’40.130
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’40.322
8 Andrea IANNONE Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 1’40.331
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1’40.370
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1’40.686
11 Michele PIRRO Ducati Test Team 1’40.881
12 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1’40.971
13 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’41.134
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1’41.218
15 Hector BARBERA Avintia Blusens 1’41.376
16 Claudio CORTI NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’41.443
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 1’41.529
18 Ben SPIES Ignite Pramac Racing Team 1’41.702
19 Hiroshi AOYAMA Avintia Blusens 1’41.772
20 Lukas PESEK Came IodaRacing Project 1’41.791
21 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1’41.864
22 Yonny HERNANDEZ Paul Bird Motorsport 1’42.050
23 Bryan STARING GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1’42.107
24 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’42.154
25 Michael LAVERTY Paul Bird Motorsport 1’42.470

 

source: bsmotorsport.com, bridgestonemotorsport.com