2013 Valencia Post-Race Test Day 1 MotoGP Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of testing after Valencia:

No Rest for Lorenzo and Rossi as Testing Begins for 2014

Valencia (Spain), 11th November 2013

Less than 24hrs from the end to the 2013 season Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back out on track today. This afternoon’s session was the first of three test days marking the start of the official 2014 pre-season test schedule.

Both riders spent some time evaluating the 2014 YZR-M1 alongside a 2013 reference machine. Lorenzo and Rossi also made some laps with the new standard ECU that will be used as part of the 2014 regulations. Today was Rossi’s first riding session with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera.

Jorge Lorenzo

1st / 1'31.257 / 48 laps

“We tried many small things today and some have been very positive so we are quite satisfied. I feel good and I feel in good shape. We were able to give good information to the engineers so everything is going well so far and we are looking forward to continuing tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi

2nd / 1'31.350 / 42 laps

“Today was very emotional, it was something different. We were working a long time with Jeremy so today was like a restart from the beginning but I’m happy and I’m satisfied with the day. I know Silvano already from Superbike as I did some testing in 2010 with the R1 together with him and I liked the way we worked. It’s just the first day but anyway it was a good day for me, I was faster and we worked well on the bike. The condition of the track and the weather were perfect so I enjoyed it a lot. We worked with both bikes, I liked the new one a lot, it has good power exit from the corners and the chassis gives a good feeling on the front so the first impression is very positive.”

Ducati Team kicks off Valencia test as work begins for the 2014 season

Less than 24 hours after the 2013 season ended in Valencia, Spain, the MotoGP teams were back on track at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, beginning a three-day test in preparation for next year’s MotoGP World Championship.

The day served as Cal Crutchlow’s debut with the Ducati Team, where he joins Andrea Dovizioso for the 2014 season. After the track opened at noon in perfect weather conditions, the Briton exited the garage at 1:26 p.m., and when the track closed at 5:00 p.m., Crutchlow had turned 39 laps, focusing on getting the feel of the Ducati.

Meanwhile, Andrea Dovizioso did 36 laps on a Desmosedici GP13 that was largely similar to the bike he rode in yesterday’s race, though he did try a new fairing as well as some changes to the setup.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro did 32 laps while working on the setup of some components of the laboratory bike.

This was also the first day for Luigi Dall’Igna working at the track in his new role as Ducati Corse General Manager.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 5th, 1:31.943 (36 laps)

“Today we tried the new front fairing, and the outcome was positive because the bike wheelies less than before. We also did two tests with the setup to give some feedback to Gigi on several aspects that he wanted to check. For today, we focused on those things, and tomorrow we’ll continue checking some other stuff.”

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) 6th, 1:32.054 (39 laps)

“Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today, but anyway, I’m very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team. I’ve done everything you should on a first day at work and I think we can safely say that we’ve had a positive day learning everything: the bike, the electronics, the team. There are so many new things to get your head around, but it’s also interesting. In the next two days, we’ll try to focus and improve. The team have been great at listening to my feedback, while I take advantage of their advice and experience. It helps to be able to count on Daniele Romagnoli, as he’s Italian like most of the Ducati technicians. I’m pleased with the way we’re working. We’re not going to change things overnight, but today was a positive first step.”

Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)

“This was my first day at the track as General Manager of Ducati Corse, and I’m getting to know and appreciate the working situation here. I already had an idea from the few days I spent in Borgo Panigale, because there, too, I found the technical level to be very high and the staff to have a lot of potential. Today we began the practical part that will help us to begin working on the bike and define a strategy that will enable Ducati to improve and return to a competitive level. It’s still early to say anything about time scales and preparing more detailed plans, but I think we’re starting on the right foot.”


Scott Redding took his first laps on board the Honda RCV1000R for the GO&FUN Honda Gresini Team today. The young English rider made 34 laps of the Valencia circuit and mainly dedicated his time to picking up confidence with the new machine after having stepped up from the distinctly different Moto2 class. Straight away a good relationship has been struck between the team’s technicians and HRC to create a solid foundation on which they intend to build further tomorrow.

Scott Redding (11th 1’ 34” 195) “It was an important day for me and I am delighted to have made my debut on the RCV1000R for GO&FUN Honda Gresini. Comparing the Moto2 to the RCV1000R is easy; they are completely different! It’s another story altogether, so because of that I was trying to pick up confidence slowly but surely. It was also good to begin work with the team, who have been very professional. I’d say overall it was a positive experience. It’s a shame my physical condition isn’t perfect yet, but working methodically and without pushing too much I can do it. Tomorrow I will try to improve my ‘relationship’ with this powerful new bike, as well as getting used to working closely with the new group.”

Fausto Gresini “It was a special day today, as often happens when there is a new rider in the garage and a bike as captivating as the RCV1000R. The first contact was positive though, and Scott has faced up to this new experience in a calm and methodical manner. He wants to understand the bike and pick up enough confidence before going in search of fast lap times. Besides, his physical condition is still not right and the problems he has in his left forearm mean that he has to be a bit more cautious with this debut.”

Espargaro excited after positive first day in MotoGP

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team welcomed Spanish rider Pol Espargaro into its ranks today, with the reigning Moto2 World Champion enjoying a positive start to preparations for his eagerly awaited new adventure in the MotoGP class.

With the track not open until midday, Espargaro took advantage of the late start to acquaint himself with his new crew, which will be led in 2014 by long-time Tech 3 telemetry expert Nicolas Goyon.

Espargaro spent 45 laps on track today, with warm and sunny conditions this afternoon giving him the ideal opportunity to adjust to the much heavier and more powerful 1000cc YZR-M1 machine.

He set a best time of 1.33.187 to finish 10th on the timesheets and impressively for a first day on the YZR-M1 and Bridgestone tyres, he was able to lap within two seconds of factory Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

With a busy testing schedule lined up for Bradley Smith, which includes the opportunity to test the 2013 factory spec chassis, fuel tank and seat unit, the 22-year-old opted to take a rest day to be in the best physical and mental shape possible for riding tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

Pol Espargaro 10th 1.33.187 – 45 laps:

“Today was a very special moment in my career and it was unbelievable to finally ride a MotoGP bike. I have been looking forward to working with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and immediately I could feel this is a very professional and high-level team with fantastic support from Yamaha. The YZR-M1 is incredible and today I just tried to learn as much as possible. The power of the engine is something you notice immediately and today I just did as many laps as I could with the aim to get a feel for the bike. We didn’t try any different settings or touch the electronics but the sensation to ride this bike is simply amazing. I am looking forward to gaining more experience on the bike in the remainder of the test and to show more of the potential of this bike.”

First day of the 2014 season complete

Today at the Valencia Circuit, where Marc Marquez was crowned 2013 MotoGP World Champion yesterday, the first day of the 2014 MotoGP season kicked off with a three-day test.

It was also Yonny Hernández’s first day as an official member of the Pramac Racing Team, and the Colombian turned 37 laps, setting his best lap time of this trip to Spain: 1’32.745. Hernández left the circuit earlier than expected in order to undergo an MRI that will help to better understand the nature of the injury to his right hand.

Today’s track time was used mainly to test parts that had already been available during the 2013 season, as well as different bike setups that he hadn’t had time to try during the last few rounds of the championship.

Yonny Hernández – Pramac Racing Team

“It was a good first day. We set a good time and did some good work. In a way it was difficult because my hand is almost more painful when I’m not riding, and I didn’t have any injections today. There’s a lot of pain right now, but soon I’ll have an MIR in the clinic here at Valencia, to make sure it’s only a fracture so that I can relax a bit. Although I couldn’t ride more than that today, I’m happy with what we did today. Our time was better than in qualifying and the race, which is certainly positive. We’ll see how my hand is, and in the meantime we’ll get ready for day two of this test tomorrow.”

Andrea Iannone concludes first day of 2014 season

Today at the Valencia Circuit, where Marc Marquez was crowned 2013 MotoGP World Champion yesterday, the first day of the 2014 MotoGP season kicked off with a three-day test.

By the time the track closed at 5:00 p.m., Andrea Iannone had turned a total of 49 laps, during which he posted the fourth-best time of the day; the 1’31.925 time was also his best time so far during this trip to Spain. For Andrea and the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team, the work today was intended mainly to continue the program carried out during the season, focusing on aspects that hadn’t been tried due to a lack of time.

Following the analysis of data collected during today's session, the team and Andrea will be able to plan the work to be undertaken during the next two days of testing.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“It’s certainly positive to test the day after a race, on the same track, as you’re able to go deeper and better understand if the tests and adjustments made during the course of the season are truly improvements. The references are close, the conditions are very similar to in the race and there’s rubber on the track, so I think it’s very useful. It was an important day and we worked pretty well, making little tests as we tried to understand if they could improve some aspects of the bike that we’ve been working with for some time. At the moment, it seems that some of them could be good. It’s certainly not enough, but we’ll continue with the work program tomorrow and the next day. As for today, I’m satisfied.”


Hiroshi Aoyama, ninth on final timesheet, completes 38 laps with the Honda RCV-1000R and is impressed with the bike’s performance

In the ‘hangover’ period from yesterday’s MotoGP season finale, the premier class riders were back on track in Valencia on Monday to begin the 2014 preseason. At noon, the first of three days of testing began for the MotoGP competitors, some debuting new bikes and with new teams. It is a test to find a direction for the workload to take, ahead of the upcoming winter tests in Malaysia. Fourteen riders shared the track and rode through until 5pm local time. Conditions were as impeccable as during the weekend, and yesterday’s race winner Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of 1’31.257.

Shortly before 2pm, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar garage took centre stage for the press and photographers. The team were debuting the new Honda production racer with which they will contest the 2014 campaign, and had new rider Hiroshi Aoyama onboard after his confirmation as a POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider yesterday. On his first few hours with the Honda RCV-1000R, Aoyama undertook 38 laps, setting a best time of 1’33.020 on the last of these. Ninth on the overall timesheet, the Japanese rider was impressed with the potential of his new mount, and keen to get back on it this Wednesday.

9th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.33.020 (38 laps): “I was very excited this morning, as it was my first day with the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team and with a new bike. The feeling with the bike was great and very familiar to me. I felt similar with the machine to how I did in 2011, during my previous Honda ride. I am very happy to be able to start this new adventure with a new bike and team. It is only the first day and we have a long journey ahead, but this bike has a lot of potential and we have plenty of room for improvement. I am excited and I enjoyed myself a lot riding today. I still haven’t memorized all the names of my crew, but they’ve looked after me very well and made me feel comfortable. Despite this only being the opening day, the times were positive too, so hopefully from this foundation we will evolve day-by-day.”


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