Test concluded in Jerez. The best time remained in the hands of Joahnn Zarco, however far from the performance of the pole of Bagnaia in 1.36.170. However, it is useless to make comparisons since today the temperature was lower than last Saturday but with enough wind that disturbed the riders.
17.30 – Last half hour of testing, at the moment only Alex Marquez is on the track.
16.45 – Green flag, the track reopens.
16.40 – The track is still closed.
16.10 – Red flag following a technical problem on Savadori’s bike. A few minutes earlier Remy Gardner crashed at Turn 4, suffering a bad blow to his back and hand.
16.00 – Two hours to the end of the tests: the updated ranking.
15.55 – Enea Bastianini today tested for the first time the 2022 fairing (the one that the riders with the factory bike have been using since the beginning of the year, you can see it in the photo below) on his Ducati GP21.
“We tried a few things, maybe we did a small step forward – said the Gresini team rider – Today the track was a bit different, we were faster on the medium tires, two and three tenths. The pace was better. I’m happy, then in the afternoon the wind picked up and I preferred to stay calm, we know very well that we have a championship ahead, so I preferred not to take risks. I tried the new hull, it has pros and cons, it needs to be evaluated: it is leaner, in changes of direction it is fast but it is a little more unstable. On this track it’s fine, but if we started today I would choose it. I didn’t find out what was wrong yesterday, the bike was immediately better. Maybe because yesterday it was very hot, maybe we should have done something but that’s okay“.
15.50 – Jack Miller, currently 4th in the standings, took stock of his day of testing.
“It was positive – said the Australian from Ducati – We didn’t have much to try, just having a double, if not a triple, confirms some things. I played around with the setup, tweaking angles and lengths, to improve my confidence in the front, an area I struggled in this weekend, and found something useful for Le Mans. Today it was more important to do the experiment than to look at the stopwatch. There was a lot of wind, which created turbulence on the opposite straight, and it was also cold“.
15.20 – The front wing of the RS-GP reminds us that at the weekend, in Misano, there will be the Aprilia All Stars.
15.10 – Brad Binder crashed at turn 13. The updated ranking.
15.05 – Johann Zarco crashed at the first corner.
14.46 – Various news for Aprilia: Aleix Espargaró is testing a new frame and swingarm, as well as a new clutch, which Vinales is also using. For Lorenzo Savadori there are some new details for the engine and airbox. Everyone is using the evolution of the rear lower.
14.40 – The Suzuki riders took stock of their day of testing.
Joan Mir: “Today is not the best day to find a solution to the front tire overheating problems because it is windy and cold. In the morning I tried to improve the GSX-RR in the fast corners and I succeeded, in the afternoon we will try something to increase the grip on the rear. We didn’t have any new material to try, but I think our current package still has room for improvement“.
Alex Rins: “It’s a good day, because we identified the problem that took away my confidence yesterday in the race, in the end it was a small thing. For the rest, I did some experiments with the setup of the bike and tried again a swingarm that I had already used in the Sepang tests “.
13.11 – Brad Binder crashed at turn 8, the driver is fine.
13.05 – The updated ranking.
12.54 – Maverick Vinales crashed.
12.50 – The new Honda does not trust Marquez on the front, some aerodynamics experiments are being carried out to try to solve the problem. Marc today also tried the old wings as you can see in the photo below.
12.49 – Zarco sets the best time: 1’37 “136.
12.45 – Alex Rins in this moment he has the 5th time less than half a second from the leader. Yesterday the race didn’t go well for him, but today he looks much better. As always, the Suzuki GSX-RR is very well cared for, perhaps the most beautiful MotoGP bike with a fuel tank with a particular shaped as a ‘stop’ for the knees to help the rider prop up when braking.
12.40 – Gigi dall’Igna is very busy with eight bikes on the track and shuttles between one box and another. Here it is with Luca Marini, which among the Ducatisti is the one most in difficulty. Obviously it is (almost) fixed presence in the box Pramacside Zarcosince the Frenchman is also a test driver.
12.30 – Brad Binder gives KTM a smile, his best time in 1’37 “294.
12.25 – Nakagami has left the circuit, his tests are over. He will go to Barcelona to undergo a CT scan of his left leg.
12.05 – Here is a photo (by Tino Martino, from the Milagro agency) of Takaaki Nakagami’s crash at the first corner. The LCR team driver crashed into the airfences but is fine.
11.55 – Fabio Quartararo scores the best time: 1’37 “508.
11.50 – The updated ranking.
11.45 – Aleix Espargarò was the last of the riders to take to the track, now he has the 3rd time behind his brother Pol and Quartararo.
11.40 – It is an important day for Marc Marquez and Honda, who must be able to solve the problems of the new RC213V. The Spanish rider has 3 bikes in his garage.
11.20 – Pecco Bagnaia is also on the track, at the moment he is expected to ride only in the morning due to the condition of his shoulder.
11.00 – Colder and windier day than yesterday. Rain is also expected in the late afternoon. Nakagami crashed and the pitlane was closed due to the exposure of the red flag. Now activity has resumed. Here are the times.
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MotoGP, Zarco the best in the Jerez tests ahead of Binder and Quartararo
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