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Marc-Marquez-2016Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa were back on track in Jerez for a one-day Official Post-Race Test, finding sunny and fair weather conditions that were similar to yesterday’s race, with air and ground temperatures of 27° and 42° C, respectively.

The Repsol Honda men worked on HRC’s intense testing program, which included a new swingarm and a fairing with new winglets, and tried three new front tyres brought by Michelin for the test.

Marc was fastest for the day with his time of 1’39.313 on lap 11 of 91, despite a small crash without consequences in turn 2 during his last run. Dani finished the day fifth with a time of 1’39.646 on lap 65 of 76.

Marc Marquez

1’39.313  91 LAPS

“We’re satisfied after today because we tested out a lot of different things. We not only tried some new winglets and a new swingarm, but we also did a lot of laps to try to understand or rule out different setups. The most striking thing for people was our testing three different winglets. The aerodynamic side of things had a lot of untapped potential; now that this has been opened up, we can work a lot on this aspect because there seems to be no limit to what you can do with it. We also tested three different front tyres today, but the one that we used this weekend was working well too”.

Dani Pedrosa

1’39.646  76 LAPS

“Today we basically tried to improve on the feeling we had in yesterday’s race. It’s been a strange day, because the weather was fantastic and the asphalt offered a very good level of grip, but the lap times weren’t much different to what we saw over the Grand Prix weekend. We tried different suspension options and found some solutions that allowed us to have more grip when riding out of corners. We also worked on corner entry, trying to get the bike quicker both in the fast turns and on entry to the slower corners. At the end we tested three different front-tyre compounds and one of them was clearly better than what we currently have, which is positive.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’39.313
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’39.332
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’39.536
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’39.632
5 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’39.646
6 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’39.682
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’39.812
8 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’39.879
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’39.942
10 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’40.027
11 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’40.335
12 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1’40.351
13 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’40.674
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’40.681
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1’40.844
16 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’40.919
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’40.960
18 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1’41.442
19 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1’41.462


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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport.
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