2013 Jerez MotoGP Test Day 2 Times: Rossi Breaks Two-Year Dry Spell, Tops Timesheets

Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets on the second day of the MotoGP test at Jerez, the first time he has topped a session in the dry since 2010. The Factory Yamaha rider just edged his teammate Jorge Lorenzo by a few thousandths of a second, and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow by a few fractions more. Dani Pedrosa was the first non-Yamaha man, the Repsol Honda rider just over a tenth of a second slower than Rossi. That four men should finish so close together is an intriguing prospect, and promises much for the upcoming season.

Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in 5th, pleased with the gap of just eight tenths to the Yamahas and factory Honda, and ending ahead Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda. Marc Marquez had his first difficult day on the Repsol Honda, having to adapt the Moto2 lines he had learned around Jerez and change section by section to a more MotoGP style, with less lean angle and more drive. Marquez still finished ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, though only by a few hundredths of a second. Andrea Iannone took 9th slot on the Pramac Ducati, a second and a half behind Rossi, while the second Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden ended the day in 10th, despite a moment around the stadium section where he was nearly thrown out of the seat.

Hayden was one of the lucky ones. Bautista, Iannone, Bradl and Randy de Puniet all ended up in the gravel, victims of the difficult conditions. Though the sun was out from early in the morning, the track was still soaking, taking a very long time to dry out. That meant that the three hours or so before lunch were spent sitting about in pit lane with only a few people venturing out on track, waiting for the track to dry. Ironically, the corner which took the longest to dry out was the one at the bottom of the circuit, the tight right hander at the end of the back straight. The corner's name? Dry Sack. 

The problem is in part down to the very high level of groundwater at Jerez, as this part of southern Spain has seen heavy rain throughout the winter, washing away some parts of the hillsides which surround the circuit, and making drainage very difficult. Though the water clears from the track, it then starts seeping from underneath, making the track highly unpredictable in terms of grip, catching many riders out and causing a lot of them problems with rear grip. With the weather expected to be even better on Monday, and no overnight rain expected to wet the track, conditions should be a little more manageable for the final day of the test.

Times at end of Day 2:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:39.525    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:39.540 0.015 0.015
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:39.574 0.049 0.034
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:39.630 0.105 0.056
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:40.322 0.797 0.692
6 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:40.686 1.161 0.364
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:40.714 1.189 0.028
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:40.783 1.258 0.069
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:41.088 1.563 0.305
10 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:41.325 1.800 0.237
11 8 Hector Barbera FTR Kawasaki 1:41.376 1.851 0.051
12 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:41.398 1.873 0.022
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1:41.444 1.919 0.046
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Suter BMW 1:41.529 2.004 0.085
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati Test 1:41.603 2.078 0.074
16 14 Randy De Puniet Aprilia ART 1:41.686 2.161 0.083
17 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1:41.701 2.176 0.015
18 11 Ben Spies Ducati 1:41.702 2.177 0.001
19 17 Karel Abraham Aprilia ART 1:41.916 2.391 0.214
20 68 Yonny Hernandez Aprilia ART 1:42.050 2.525 0.134
21 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1:42.107 2.582 0.057
22 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1:42.154 2.629 0.047
23 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Kawasaki 1:43.959 4.434 1.805
24 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:44.185 4.660 0.226
25 52 Lukas Pesek FTR Kawasaki 1:44.874 5.349 0.689


Lap records at Jerez:

Lap record 2010 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:39.731
Pole record 2008 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:38.189


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This counts for nothing. Who knows what settings or fuel they were running. The acid test is the first race and then , thank god, the reams of bull***t stop.

A cracking ride by Crutchlow. It's only testing though...but yes. I think some haters are going to be looking for some more excuses tonight..

Good that Rossi's up top for sure, but it is just testing.....great sign nonetheless. Hopefully there's more of this to come....

Cal and Andrea Dovizioso....wow!

... top the timesheets for one session at Silverstone last year?

Looking forward to seeing David's comments, sometimes the times don't tell the whole story, but I am so happy to see the GOAT back at number 1 =)

A good day for Yamaha by the looks of it, and Ducati where Dovi is concerned.

Still don't draw too many conclusions; Marqeuz is 7th, can't see that lasting.

If I may make so bold, good to see that Rossi might, be in there with a shout come race day. Bet Dorna are pleased.

Jerez is slightly more suited to Yamaha than Honda .... if I recall correctly Yamaha won 3 out of the last 4. Time of the day: Crutchlow! Go Cal! If test times mean anything (I don't believe they do)

... for Rossi this season by any stretch, but a couple days like this will certainly help his head space. We all know what happens when Rossi is confident.

I'll never understand the seemingly out-of-nowhere notion that 34 is too old to win races, or a championship. Plenty of riders have shown that late 30's or even 40 is about the time when a world championship road racer should consider hanging it up.

Anyone who thinks 34 is too old probably hasn't reached that age. For me, my early thirties were my prime - I still had all the physical strength and agility, but I also had a better head for tough situations than I had in my 20's..

While I think VR probably only has a narrow chance of another title because the other three are so damned good, (assuming they don't take each out!), neither would it surprise me to see him do it. And for that matter, none of these top 4 look like it'll be theirs to lose. I reckon this season might be more about skill, strategy, tactics and experience than outright speed, as there's a danger that the team members will damage each others chances by taking points off each other. Though I can't see VR playing wingman to JL, can you? Or MM to DP, let alone the other way round.

Most athlete peaks around 30. But there are some exceptions.
* Agostini - 33 yo when became worldchampion for last time.
* Biaggi - 41 yo when became worldchampion for last time.

look at hectors number on the kawasaki thats not to bad good for him

Not only 11th overall but first of the CRT's. On a bike which is not as developed as the competition and isn't a factory machine (ART). Barbera still doesn't get enough recognition for his riding talent.

Good work, and hopefully an inspiration to the other FTR riders.

I must have been asleep - thought ben spies had gone back to wsb? but there he is 2 full seconds down the timesheet. not a great career move, or am I missing the point?

good results for Rossi. Good job by Dovi for Ducati.
Praying they both do well during racing time.
Wishing all racers a safe racing season !

Looks like Rossi's team made a small breakthrough in setup. They're are probably nowhere near where they'd like to be - historically they take 3-4 GPs to find an optimum configuration that Rossi can exploit consistently, and if they do the same this year then old or not watch out.

COTA vs Jerez vs Sepang? Over the Sepang and COTA tests we all were almost awestruck by MM lean angle. At COTA, a new track for him, he reigned supreme. How is it that he, as a spanidh rider on a spanish track, slipped down the order? Are lines that different or is he worried his tires would not last a full race? do we get the sense he is experimenting too late into testing or am i overthinking just a bad day at the track?

Andrea, MAMMA MIA!

Everyone together now in their best Nick Harris voice "poor ole Ben Spies"... Too bad and a mistake indeed.