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Repsol Honda duo top the time sheets on day two
Marc Marquez was once again the fastest man on track today in Sepang and the only rider to record a sub-two minute lap time with 1'59.926 on lap 38 of 65. Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished the day in second place with a time of 2'00.336 on lap 12 of 62.
It was a gruelling second day at the Sepang International Circuit for both riders. Marc worked on geometry settings, improving his braking stability, some general set up work and a chassis comparison which produced valuable feedback for the HRC engineers. He also spoke positively about the new hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre.
Dani tested the new soft Bridgestone rear tyre, which he set his fastest lap on, and will try the harder compound tomorrow. He also did general set up work and a chassis comparison, looking to confirm his feelings tomorrow and focus on the direction for the season.
|"We are happy with the progress we made today but the gap to the top is still too big so we have to keep pushing to improve. We still have a lot of things to test from a chassis point of view as well as the electronics and also I need to fully adapt to this Honda."Nick Hayden|
This first three-day test of 2014 will conclude tomorrow.
1st - 1'59.926
"We continued with our work schedule today, with a focus on trying out parts. We carried out various tests, including a chassis comparison, and found some positive points and some negative. As for the setup, we have improved stability under braking, which is something that I have been finding a little difficult, but in the end we have found a good compromise. I hope that tomorrow we can continue in the same way, because we are consistent and fast -which is important"
2nd - 2'00.336
"Today we've been trying out the new chassis and comparing it to the previous version, but tomorrow we shall continue working with both because it isn't clear which is best. I felt good with both of them, but I have to put in more laps in order to be able to make a clear decision. We also tried out the new Bridgestone tyres, using the soft tyre today and leaving the hard compound for tomorrow. We have been going pretty well here, but the season takes place at many different tracks and you have to prepare for each one of them"
2014 MotoGP Testing Continues on Day Two in Sepang
18:00 Local time GMT+8 Sunny Sunny Temperature Air 33°C
Track 49°C Temperature Humidity 54%
Sepang (Malaysia), 5th February 2014
The Yamaha Factory Racing riders were back on track today in Sepang for the second test day of the three days that mark the start of 2014 activity. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continued to work through a number of different test items for the Yamaha engineers as well as some tyre testing for Bridgestone.
Rossi also took some time to work on bike set-up to improve performance and was able to improve on his time of yesterday, completing day two in fourth position, just over 0.5 seconds from the front.
|"We worked on the settings of the bike and tried some other stuff, some things were good and some did not work as we expected. Anyway I'm happy because I improved my lap time from yesterday and I'm in fourth position and not far from the front." |
Teammate Lorenzo had a better second day, making some improvements to the electronic setting of his YZR-M1 to provide further corner stability and overall lap time. Lorenzo wrapped up the second day in sixth position, just over 0.6 seconds from the front.
46 Valentino Rossi
4th / 2'00.464 / 61 laps
"Today is another positive day, we worked a lot and I rode 60 laps. We tried a lot of things including new tyres and old tyres, to try to make a comparison. We worked on the settings of the bike and tried some other stuff, some things were good and some did not work as we expected. Anyway I'm happy because I improved my lap time from yesterday and I'm in fourth position and not far from the front. It was a tough second day after yesterday. Our work is in progress, we took some good data and tomorrow we have to do something else."
99 Jorge Lorenzo
6th / 2'00.573 / 49 laps
"So today, apart from the position which is not ideal, I think we made one step forward. Changing something in the electronics we improved the behaviour of the bike in the corners and it is now more like last year. I can keep a more constant pace and be a little faster for one lap. We need to keep working as our rivals are strong at this moment but today I'm more happy than yesterday."
Team Director Massimo Meregalli
"We were able to almost finish the program for today, we got some good confirmations about the fuel consumption which was our main objective of this important test so I can say we are fairly satisfied. We then started working on Bridgestone's program and we got some good information from that too. Tomorrow will be the day where we can take profit from our data!"
Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg
"The second day of testing is done and the feeling compared to yesterday with the bike is a lot better and there is more confidence. We still have a lot of work to do but we tried many things today. We gained a lot of data of course. We need to improve but so far we are satisfied with the work we have done. We need to be faster and I think it's possible. We do need to test though, which is what we are doing!"
BRADL 3rd FASTEST ON DAY TWO AT SEPANG
Sepang, 5 February: it was another busy day at Sepang with 26 riders adjusting their 2014 machinery through the eight hours of testing at the 5.540m race track. LCR racer's Stefan Bradl pushed for quicker lap times today setting the 3rd fastest lap time of the pack (2'00.339) just three thousandths down on Pedrosa who qualified 2nd behind his team mate Marquez. The German completed 52 laps working on braking stability and front suspension to improve the bike turning and will return on track tomorrow for the final day of testing.
Stefan Bradl: "Today I am very happy: it's good to be back up in the pack with Marc and Dani. We improved our lap time of one second and, thanks to adjustments in the front, I gain more confidence under braking. We knew that our potential on this bike was higher and today we have been consistent and fast. I hope that we can continue in the same way tomorrow: we plan to work on race distance to finish this 3-day test session with a good base for the future".
Nicky Hayden drops times by a second from day one as Hiroshi Aoyama finds three tenths
Intense heat and humidity at Sepang did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the MotoGP riders present on the second day of a three-day session today as they continued to make the most of their first track action of 2014. The Malaysian circuit was a hive of activity again today as the engineers and riders worked relentlessly on setting up their new machines for the season ahead, with the majority improving their lap times from yesterday but nobody able to match the electric pace of Marc Márquez, who raised the bar again today with a fastest lap of 1'59.926. The World Champion's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was closest to him today with fellow Honda rider Stefan Bradl in third place.
Amongst those to make significant improvements on the second day were DRIVE M7 Aspar pair Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama, who are both tackling an entirely new project with great enthusiasm and effort. Nicky continued with the work he had started yesterday on the new machine's electronic package, specifically trying to improve it under engine braking. The 'Kentucky Kid' managed to improve on his best lap from yesterday by over a second, completing 39 laps in total. Hiroshi shaved three tenths of a second off his best effort from yesterday after 42 laps that saw him experimenting with different electronic settings as well as a variety of tyres.
14th Nicky Hayden 2.02.287 (39 laps): "I am happy because we have improved the lap time quite significantly from yesterday although the pace in general has been quicker. Once again we focused our work on the electronics and the engine braking, which gave us a bit more in corner entry. You could say that I am still adapting myself because I have spent a long time on a completely different kind of bike and now I have to readjust my riding style, the way I am braking and entering the corner. We are happy with the progress we made today but the gap to the top is still too big so we have to keep pushing to improve. We still have a lot of things to test from a chassis point of view as well as the electronics and also I need to fully adapt to this Honda."
18th Hiroshi Aoyama 2.03.034 (42 laps): "At the start of the day the feeling with the bike wasn't what we were hoping for and we had to play around with a few things to improve it. In the end it turned out to be an issue with the tyres because as soon as we changed them I felt more comfortable. From that point, which was around midday, we started to build our rhythm and turned our focus to the electronic traction control system. It hasn't been easy to start with because we are only just getting to know the new system and today we tried something different to yesterday. Finally we did some work on chassis set-up and made some slight improvements to yesterday and then right at the end of the day Bridgestone gave us a new tyre to test, which gave me even more confidence."
Tech 3 Yamaha
Successful second day for Monster Yamaha Tech3 at Sepang
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team made firm progress on day two of the first official MotoGP test at the Sepang International circuit. Both Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith lowered their lap times considerably on the second day of testing as they prepare for the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.
The Malysian weather once again provided perfect conditions for the testing, with the session running uninterrupted until 6pm local time in Kuala Lumpur.
Bradley Smith completed another positive day of testing which was focused on the evaluation of different electronic and suspension settings. Before running his first shortened race simulation of 15 laps to collect useful data in preparation for the forthcoming season. Smith improved his lap times from the previous day, and was quicker by 1.2 seconds. With getting 66 laps under his belt he established himself as most hardworking permanent MotoGP rider on track today and his application saw the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider just three hundredths of a second and right behind the Factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. He finished the session with a best time of 2.00,603 min, in 7th place and just over 6 tenths behind the leader, Marc Marquez.
2013 Moto2 World Champion, Pol Espargaro continued to explore set up and electronic configurations with his new Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team. Making strides forward in terms of gaining confidence and understanding the bike, Espargaro displayed another impressive performance on the 2014 Monster Yamaha Tech3 YZR-M1 MotoGP bike today. The young Spaniard improved, and lowered his lap time by 0.6 of a second after clocking up 48 laps around the 5.543km track in Malaysia. He completed the session in 10th position, with a best time of 2.01,061 min.
The final day of testing will commence tomorrow at 10.00am (Local time - GMT +7) at the Sepang International circuit, Malaysia.
Bradley Smith - 7th - 2.00,603 min:
"In general, it was a positive day. I rode 66 laps, what made me finish on the podium if you consider all the riders and I am really pleased with our performance. I analyzed a lot of the new electronic ideas, the Bridgestone tyres, and the new suspension settings, all were very positive. I also did a kind of race simulation. This was 15 laps just to try and understand the fuel consumption, and also to understand the physical point of view and where I need to improve my preparation. All in all we made a good step, especially compared to yesterday. I lowered my lap time by 1.2 seconds and moved up to 7th position, which was only 6 tenths behind Marc Marquez, which is obviously still a bit, but considering how close we are to Jorge and Valentino, I am happy with the work we have done."
Pol Espargaro - 10th - 2.01,061 min:
"I'm really satisfied with the work we did today. Already this morning when the track conditions were at its best and I felt physically strong I managed to lower my lap time quite a lot. Later when we tried a few modifications I realised that my rhythm had improved. Yesterday I was lapping with low 2.02's and just a few 2.01's, today I did 2.01's comfortably with a best of 2.01,0 this morning. But what is really important to me is that beside the lap time I feel really comfortable on the bike. I'm just struggling a bit with things like the steadily changing track conditions because of the heat. Also the fact that you can't be always out on track as it's physically demanding does not make things easier for a rookie. Moreover the circuit is really wide so it is quite tricky at the beginning to find the perfect line. However, we did another step in the right direction, we did not crash and I'm already excited to be back on the bike tomorrow morning."
Ducati Team make progress in second day of Sepang testing
The second day of pre-season IRTA testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia saw progress being made by both Ducati Team riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Today, lapping exclusively with their new Desmosedici GP14 machines, both the Italian and his British team-mate were able to lower their best time by over one second from yesterday, when they got to grips with the new bike for the first time.
After most of Tuesday had been spent running in the bike, today both men completed almost 50 laps each on the GP14, and they were able to notice some improvement in corner entry.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro, who is also contributing a lot to the GP14's development in these early stages, expressed positive comments on the bike and the direction being followed.
Tomorrow will be the third and final day of these first 2014 season tests.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 11th (2m01.146s)
"I am pleased with the progress we made, I didn't expect to get such a good feeling from this first test of the year. We were able to improve in corner entry, and gain a bit more mid-corner speed. We accelerate a bit more strongly because the bike tends to wheelie less and so we can use more power. We managed to get closer to the frontrunners in our lap times, and in our overall pace as well, but there's still a lot of work to do. The improvements we've made in these first two days are quite positive."
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) - 12th (2m01.396s)
"I think I'm one of those riders who has made the biggest improvement in lap times today. Yesterday I was a bit rusty on the bike and didn't feel too comfortable but that was only me. We tested the GP14 all day today and went through some settings we never had time to try yesterday. The result was positive, so that's a step in the right direction. With the new bike you come into the corner better, which is a positive Ducati have been looking for. Overall I'd say I'm quite satisfied, but we're still some way off the front guys."
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) - 13th (2m02.177s)
"Today we worked on several different areas, engine braking for example, and we did some tests to verify the fuel consumption; unfortunately, I ran out of fuel at one point along the circuit! Seeing as the bike is new, we're trying to understand everything about it and it's down to me to try out all the new bits we've brought here. I'm pleased, even though I know there's still a lot of work to do and we need more time, but at least we have clear ideas on what to do."